Saburō Kawabuchi

Saburō Kawabuchi

Saburō Kawabuchi in 1964
Personal information
Full name Saburō Kawabuchi
Date of birth (1936-12-03) December 3, 1936
Place of birth Takaishi, Osaka, Japan
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1957–1960 Waseda University
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1970 Furukawa Electric 68 (10)
Total 68 (10)
National team
1958–1965 Japan 26 (8)
Teams managed
1973–1975 Furukawa Electric
1980–1981 Japan

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Saburō Kawabuchi (川淵 三郎 Kawabuchi Saburō, born December 3, 1936[1]) is a former Japanese football player and manager of Japan national football team. He is the founder and the honorable chairman of the Japan Professional Soccer League. Between 2002 and 2008 he served as president of the Japan Football Association.

Early life

Kawabuchi was born in Osaka. At first, when he was in Takaishi elementary school and Takaishi Junior high school, he played baseball. He was on to Mikunigaoka High School, Osaka and became a member of football team at the high school. He graduated from Mikunigaoka High School, Osaka in 1955. He went on to Waseda University School of commerce in 1957. He played for Waseda University football team. He earned Bachelor of arts degree in commerce from Waseda University.


Kawabuchi played for Furukawa Electric football team, forerunner to JEF United Chiba, in the early days of the Japan Soccer League. In the initial league season, he was the first player to score a hat-trick, against Nagoya Bank.[2] He became a player for Japan national football team and competed at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.[1] He retired as a player in 1970, he used to work for Furukawa Electric Corporation.[3] In 1980, he became the head coach of Japan national football team for a short time.

In 1993, he established Japan professional soccer league and became the first chairman of the league. He was in the office between 1993 and 2002. He was the president of the Japan Football Association between 2002 and 2008.

He was selected for a member of Japan Football Hall of fame by Japan Football Association in 2005.

Club statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Japan League
1965Furukawa ElectricJSL Division 1143
Country Japan 6810
Total 6810

National team statistics

Japan national team





  1. 1 2 Saburo Kawabuchi.
  2. Japan Soccer League 1965. Retrieved on May 30, 2015.
  3. 川淵三郎. Japanese Olympic Committee
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