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Rihei Sano

Full name: Rihei Sano
Original name: 佐野 理平
Gender: Male
Born: September 21, 1912 in [unknown], Shizuoka, Japan
Affiliations: Waseda University, Tokyo (JPN)
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Football


Due to the fact that there was much more physical contact between the players and the goalkeeper in his era, Rihei Sano required not only good positioning and rapid reflexes, but also excellent physical strength. He played for the Shizuoka Junior High School and later for the Waseda University. In the first round of the Olympic tournament his saves were important in achieving the "miracle of Berlin," in which Japan came back to win in the second half from two goals down against Sweden. In 1937 Sano served as captain of the Waseda soccer team. His international playing record remained limited to the two games in Berlin.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Football Men's Football Japan JPN 5T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Football Japan JPN Final Standings 5T 1936-08-03 0 0 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Football Japan JPN Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 1936-08-07 ITA 8, JPN 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Football Japan JPN Round One Match #3 1 1936-08-04 JPN 3, SWE 2
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