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 8,424 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Hideo Sakai is the 186th most popular soccer player (down from 184th in 2019), the 210th most popular biography from Japan (up from 229th in 2019) and the 19th 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 186 out of 16,923Before him are Shiro Misaki, Dennis Bergkamp, Felix Magath, Michel Hidalgo, Yoshio Furukawa, and Tostão. After him are Careca, Jiro Miyake, Xavi, Raymond Domenech, Masao Takada, and Joaquín Peiró.

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Among people born in 1909, Hideo Sakai ranks 43Before him are Matt Busby, Yiannis Ritsos, Virginia Apgar, Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Norberto Bobbio, and Edward Tatum. After him are James Mason, Ernst vom Rath, Rollo May, Indro Montanelli, Otto Kumm, and László Rajk. Among people deceased in 1996, Hideo Sakai ranks 44Before him are Nevill Francis Mott, Masaki Kobayashi, António de Spínola, Virginia Henderson, Victor Ambartsumian, and Georges Duby. After him are Virginia Cherrill, Martin Balsam, Mohammad Najibullah, Greer Garson, Rafael Kubelík, and Leonor Fini.

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In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Hideo Sakai ranks 210 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Antoku (1178), Yosa Buson (1716), Shiro Misaki (null), Yamamoto Tsunetomo (1659), Setsuko Hara (1920), and Yoshio Furukawa (1934). After him are Jiro Miyake (1900), Shoko Asahara (1955), Masao Takada (null), Takashi Kawanishi (1899), Mitsuru Ushijima (1887), and Hiroto Muraoka (1931).


Among soccer players born in Japan, Hideo Sakai ranks 19Before him are Nagayasu Honda (null), Kenzo Ohashi (1934), Kiyoo Kanda (1900), Yoshio Okada (1926), Shiro Misaki (null), and Yoshio Furukawa (1934). After him are Jiro Miyake (1900), Masao Takada (null), Takashi Kawanishi (1899), Hiroto Muraoka (1931), Shiro Teshima (1907), and Shigeo Sugimoto (1926).