Ruy Ramos
ラモス 瑠偉
Ruy Ramos in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ruy Ramos
Date of birth (1957-02-09) 9 February 1957 (age 64)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1996 Yomiuri / Verdy Kawasaki 302 (83)
1996–1997 Kyoto Purple Sanga 20 (0)
1997–1998 Verdy Kawasaki 39 (0)
Total 361 (83)
National team
1990–1995 Japan 32 (1)
Teams managed
2005 Japan (beach)
2005 Kashiwa Reysol (assistant)
2006–2007 Tokyo Verdy
2009–2013 Japan (beach)
2014–2016 FC Gifu
2018–2019 Japan (beach)[1]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ruy Ramos (ラモス 瑠偉, Ramosu Rui, formerly Ruy Gonçalves Ramos Sobrinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ɡõˈsawviʒ ˈʁɐ̃muʃ suˈbɾĩɲu]) until he obtained Japanese citizenship; born 9 February 1957) is a former football player and manager, originally from Brazil, who spent his career in Japan and played for the Japan national team. Ramos is currently active as a television personality and tarento, represented with Irving.

Club career

Ramos was one of the first foreign players in Japanese professional football, joining club Japan Soccer League club Yomiuri (later Verdy Kawasaki) in 1977 at the age of 20. The club won the champions in Japan Soccer League 5 times, JSL Cup 3 times and Emperor's Cup 3 times. In Asia, the club also won 1987 Asian Club Championship. In 1992, Japan Soccer League was folded and founded new league J1 League. The club won the league champions in 1993 and 1994. The club also won 1992, 1993 and 1994 J.League Cup. In summer 1996, he moved to Kyoto Purple Sanga. In summer 1997, he returned to Verdy Kawasaki and he retired end of 1998 season. He was 41 years old. He was selected Japanese Footballer of the Year awards 2 times and Best Eleven 8 times. He was the one of the most central player in golden era in Yomiuri/Verdy history.

International career

Ramos was an important member of the Japanese national team during their unsuccessful 1994 World Cup qualification.

In September 1990, when Ramos was 33 years old, he was called up for the Japan national team for the 1990 Asian Games. On 26 September, he debuted against Bangladesh. After his debut, he became a regular player for Japan. He was a member of the Japan team that won the 1992 Asian Cup and he played 4 matches in the competition. Under manager Hans Ooft, Japan progressed to the final qualifying stage of the AFC for the 1994 World Cup. Ruy Ramos was on the pitch when Japan's hope to play in the finals was dashed by an injury-time Iraqi equaliser in the last qualifier, the match that the Japanese fans now refer to as the Agony of Doha. In 1995, Ramos also played at King Fahd Cup. He played 32 games and scored 1 goal for Japan until 1995.[2]

Managerial career

Ramos briefly came out of his retirement for Okinawa Kariyushi FC as player–technical adviser in 2002. However, he left the club after a row with the management at the end of the season. Then he served as technical adviser for crosstown FC Ryukyu.

In March 2005, Ramos became coach of the Japan national beach soccer team and took them to the 2005 World Cup, where they finished fourth.

In January 2006, he was named coach of his former squad Tokyo Verdy, freshly relegated from J1 League. After a disappointing 2006 season in J2 League, Coach Ramos stated that if his team did not win the first game of the 2007 season, he would step down as head coach. The first game was on 4 March against Thespa Kusatsu, one of the weakest teams in the league, and Tokyo won this match 5-0. His team managed to finish 2nd after all and Tokyo Verdy returned to Division 1. After the season, Ramos became the executive director of the club.

In 2009, Ramos became a manager for Japan national beach soccer team again. He managed at 2009, 2011 and 2013 and 2019 FIFA World Cup.

In 2014, Ramos signed with J2 League club FC Gifu. However the results of the club were bad every season and he was sacked in July 2016.

In 2018, Ramos was selected Japan Football Hall of Fame.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Yomiuri 1977 JSL Division 2 4 5 2 1 0 0 6 6
1978 JSL Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 15 14 0 0 4 4 19 18
1980 15 7 2 1 2 1 19 9
1981 9 1 0 0 1 0 10 1
1982 13 1 3 1 1 0 17 2
1983 14 10 3 1 0 0 17 11
1984 16 9 0 0 2 2 18 11
1985–86 18 7 2 1 4 0 24 8
1986–87 15 4 5 1 0 0 20 5
1987–88 17 4 5 1 0 0 22 5
1988–89 17 3 3 1 3 2 23 6
1989–90 22 5 3 0 3 3 28 8
1990–91 21 2 2 0 2 0 25 2
1991–92 18 2 5 0 5 0 28 2
Verdy Kawasaki 1992 J1 League - 4 1 8 1 12 2
1993 30 4 1 0 1 0 32 4
1994 26 3 0 0 3 0 29 3
1995 23 2 0 0 - 23 2
1996 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Kyoto Purple Sanga 1996 J1 League 10 0 2 2 9 0 21 2
1997 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
Verdy Kawasaki 1997 J1 League 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
1998 29 0 0 0 1 0 30 0
Career total 361 83 44 11 51 13 456 107

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year[2]
National team Year Apps Goals
Japan 1990 3 0
1991 2 0
1992 10 0
1993 14 1
1994 0 0
1995 3 0
Total 32 1

Managerial statistics

[3]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Tokyo Verdy 2006 2007 96 47 19 30 048.96
FC Gifu 2014 2016 108 32 20 56 029.63
Total 204 79 39 86 038.73


Honours

Club

International

Individual

See also

References