While Japan was battling to reach the Round of 16 during the recent World Cup, one man was closely watching over the cohost’s performance as a coach — and in some ways like a father.

Dettmer Cramer of Germany, who used to train the Japanese national team as a special coach in the 1960s, helped Japan become a quarterfinalist in the 1964 Olympics and the bronze-medal winner in the ’68 Games.

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