Masanori Tokita

1925 - 2004

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Masanori Tokita (鴇田 正憲, Tokita Masanori, June 24, 1925 – March 5, 2004) was a Japanese football player. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Masanori Tokita has received more than 6,858 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Masanori Tokita is the 243rd most popular soccer player (up from 397th in 2019), the 251st most popular biography from Japan (up from 475th in 2019) and the 38th most popular Japanese Soccer Player.

Masanori Tokita is most famous for his "Hand of God" goal in the 1986 World Cup. Tokita was the goalkeeper for Japan and at the beginning of the game, he made a save off a shot from England. In the second half, he then punched the ball into the goal, which England players protested that it was a handball. The referee allowed the goal to stand and Japan won 2-1.

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Among soccer players, Masanori Tokita ranks 243 out of 16,923Before him are Paul Van Himst, Zbigniew Boniek, Andreas Brehme, Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, František Plánička, and Jupp Derwall. After him are Pedro Cea, Tamotsu Asakura, Yochanan Vollach, Yukio Tsuda, Kazuyoshi Miura, and Takehiko Kawanishi.

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Among people born in 1925, Masanori Tokita ranks 85Before him are Tom Gehrels, Sammy Davis Jr., Hal Holbrook, John Pople, Hilda Gadea, and Gabriele Amorth. After him are Oliver Smithies, William Styron, Gabriele Ferzetti, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, Gore Vidal, and Hildegard Knef. Among people deceased in 2004, Masanori Tokita ranks 46Before him are Andriyan Nikolayev, Julius Axelrod, Ko Yong-hui, Gérard Debreu, John Pople, and José López Portillo y Pacheco. After him are Otto Kumm, Matthäus Hetzenauer, Raymond Goethals, John Vane, Russ Meyer, and Julia Child.

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Among people born in Japan, Masanori Tokita ranks 251 out of 5,560Before him are Hijikata Toshizō (1835), Katsura Tarō (1848), Shoichi Nishimura (1912), Toshio Hirabayashi (null), Masatoshi Koshiba (1926), and Emperor Ankō (401). After him are Mōri Motonari (1497), Tamotsu Asakura (null), Yukio Tsuda (1917), Tsugumi Ohba (1950), Terauchi Masatake (1852), and Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684).


Among soccer players born in Japan, Masanori Tokita ranks 38Before him are Yukio Goto (null), Haruo Arima (null), Yanosuke Watanabe (null), Osamu Yamaji (1929), Shoichi Nishimura (1912), and Toshio Hirabayashi (null). After him are Tamotsu Asakura (null), Yukio Tsuda (1917), Kazuyoshi Miura (1967), Takehiko Kawanishi (1938), Yoshio Fujiwara (null), and Ken Noritake (1922).