On the day when Japan’s women’s team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, back home one of the country’s most highly respected footballers, Takaji Mori, sadly passed away at the age of 67.

Mori won a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympic Games before he turned his hand to coaching. Such was his influence on Japanese football that he was inducted into the country’s Hall of Fame in 2006 for his dedication and passion.

In a letter from the FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter to Junji Ogura, the President of the Japanese FA, he wrote: “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football family, I wish to extend our condolences to you, to the Japan football community and, most importantly, to Mr. Takaji Mori’s family, friends and loved ones.

“Please let them know that today the football community stands by their side and we wish them all the strength necessary for these difficult times.”