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Hideo Sakai

1909 - 1996

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Hideo Sakai (堺井 秀雄, Sakai Hideo, June 10, 1909 – June 3, 1996) was a Japanese football player. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hideo Sakai has received more than 9,063 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 52 in 2019). Hideo Sakai is the 218th most popular soccer player (down from 186th in 2019), the 260th most popular biography from Japan (down from 210th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Japanese Soccer Player.

Hideo Sakai is most famous for being the first Japanese American to be awarded the Medal of Honor. In 1944, he was serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war. He was tortured and starved. He was finally rescued and returned to the U.S. in 1945.

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Among soccer players, Hideo Sakai ranks 218 out of 16,880Before him are René van de Kerkhof, Willy van de Kerkhof, Yozo Aoki, Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben, and Zbigniew Boniek. After him are Stjepan Bobek, Mauricio Pochettino, Moacir Barbosa Nascimento, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Teófilo Cubillas, and Hiroaki Sato.

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Among people born in 1909, Hideo Sakai ranks 49Before him are Rudolf Brandt, Norberto Bobbio, Joseph Losey, Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, Vicente Feola, and Stanisław Jerzy Lec. After him are James Mason, Gunnar Björnstrand, Alexander Pechersky, Art Tatum, Alain Poher, and Otto Kumm. Among people deceased in 1996, Hideo Sakai ranks 50Before him are Georges Duby, William Vickrey, P. L. Travers, Ernesto Geisel, Martin Balsam, and Virginia Cherrill. After him are Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, María Casares, Rafael Kubelík, Green Boots, Lucio Fulci, and Piet Hein.

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Among people born in Japan, Hideo Sakai ranks 260 out of 6,048Before him are Tsuguharu Foujita (1886), Emperor Shōmu (701), Emperor Ingyō (376), Suzuki Harunobu (1725), Kenji Doihara (1883), and Hara Takashi (1856). After him are Empress Teimei (1884), Setsuko Hara (1920), Iwasaki Yatarō (1835), Terauchi Masatake (1852), Hōjō Masako (1156), and Emperor Ankan (466).


Among soccer players born in Japan, Hideo Sakai ranks 8Before him are Kakuichi Mimura (1931), Kunishige Kamamoto (1944), Ko Arima (1917), Masao Nozawa (null), Shunichi Kumai (1910), and Yozo Aoki (1929). After him are Hiroaki Sato (1932), Toshio Iwatani (1925), Akira Kitaguchi (1935), Tameo Ide (1908), Yasuo Takamori (1934), and Tamotsu Asakura (null).