Appointment of J.League Global Ambassadors

Appointment of J.League Global Ambassadors

J.League has appointed football legends Zico, Guido Buchwald, Dunga and Hong Myung Bo as J.League Global Ambassadors.

The purpose of these appointments is to promote J.League’s appeal and values across the world. Moreover, by creating sustainable relationships with these global legends, the J.League aims to rebuild connections with the community of their former clubs in Japan.

In the future, there are plans to appoint more legends as ambassadors, to further promote J.League all over the world. The details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

■ J.League Global Ambassadors *As of June 27, 2019:

Guido Buchwald
Hong Myung Bo

■ Primary activities of the J.League Global Ambassadors

①Support J.League’s public relations activities
・Participating in J.League events

②International spokespersons for J.League
・Supporting J.League’s strategies abroad and in Asia
・Introducing J.League in their home countries

③Activities with their former clubs
・Participating in events by interacting with clubs, fans and local communities

④Support for recovery in case of natural disasters
・Visiting the areas affected by natural disasters and interacting with local citizens

■J.League Global Ambassador


■Name: Zico
■Full name: Arthur Antunes Coimbra
■Date of birth: March 3, 1953
■Nationality: Brazilian
■Playing career (Clubs)
CR Flamengo (1971, Brazil) - Udinese (1983, Italy) - R Flamengo (1986, Brazil) -
Sumitomo Metal Industries Football Club (1991) - Kashima Antlers (1992-1994) 

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 23 apps 14 goals
League Cup: 13 apps 7 goals
Emperor’s Cup: 6 apps 3 goals

■Coaching career 
1999 Kashima Antlers General Manager
2002-2006 Japan national team Manager
2006-2008 Fenerbahce SK (Turkey) Manager
2008 FC Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) Manager
2009 CSKA Moscow (Russia) Manager
2009-2010 Olympiacos (Greece) Manager
2011-2012 Iraq national team Manager
2013-2014 Al-Gharafa (Qatar) Manager
2014-2016 FC Goa (India) Manager

1996-2002 Kashima Antlers Technical Director 
1998 Brazil national team Technical Coordinator
2018- Kashima Antlers Technical Director

Guido Buchwald

■Name: Guido Buchwald
■Date of birth: January 24, 1961
■Nationality: German
■Playing career (Clubs)
Stuttgarter Kickers (1978, West Germany) – VfB Stuttgart (1983, West Germany/Germany) –
Urawa Reds (1994-1997, Japan) – Karlsruher SC (1998, Germany)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 127 apps 11 goals
League Cup: 20 apps 0 goal
Emperor’s Cup: 10 apps 0 goal

■Coaching career
1999-2001 Karlsruher SC Sporting Director
2002-2003 Urawa Reds Technical Advisor
2004-2006 Urawa Reds Manager
2007-November 2007 Alemannia Aachen (Germany) Manager
2008-2010 Stuttgarter Kickers (Germany) Advisor
2009-2011 JFA Advisor
2010-2013 Stuttgarter Kickers Vice-president/Sporting Director
2015-January 2019 Stuttgart Ambassador, Scout, etc.
2016-January 2019 Stuttgart Member of the Supervisory Board


■Name: Dunga
■Full name: Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri
■Date of birth: October 31, 1963
■Nationality: Brazilian
■Playing career (Clubs)
Internacional (1980, Brazil) – Corinthians (1985, Brazil) – Santos (1986, Brazil) –
Vasco da Gama (1987, Brazil) – Pisa (1987, Italy) – Fiorentina (1988m Italy)  -
Pescara (1992, Italy) – VfB Stuttgart (1993, Germany) – Jubilo Iwata (1995-1998, Japan) – Internacional (1999, Brazil)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 99 apps 16 goals
League Cup: 24 apps 1 goal
Emperor’s Cup: 3 apps 0 goal

■Coaching career
1999-2004: Jubilo Iwata Advisor
2006-2010: Brazil national team Manager
2011-2012: Al-Rayyan SC (Qatar) Manager
2013: Internacional (Brazil) Manager
July 2014-June 2016: Brazil national team Manager

Hong Myung Bo

■Full name: Hong Myung Bo
■Date of birth: February 12, 1969
■Nationality: Korea Republic
■Playing career (Clubs)
Pohang Steelers (1992, Korea Republic) – Bellmare Hiratsuka (1997, Japan) –
Kashiwa Reysol (1999, Japan) - Pohang Steelers (2002, Korea Republic) – LA Galaxy (2003-04, USA)

■Career statistics (in Japan)
J1 League: 114 apps 7 goals
League Cup: 10 apps 2 goals
Emperor’s Cup 11 apps 3 goals

■Coaching career
2005 Korea Republic national team Assistant Coach
2007-2008 U-23 Korea Republic national team Assistant Coach
2009 U-20 Korea Republic national team Manager
2009-2012 U-23 Korea Republic national team Manager
2014-2015 Korea Republic national team Manager
2016-2017 Hangzhou Greentown (China) Manager