Sir Bobby Charlton awarded Japanese Order

Sir Bobby Charlton, who has long helped Japanese football development, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Ray with Rosette, by the Japanese government on Sunday.

     The legendary former England international has had a deep relationship with Japanese football and has helped link not only Japan with England, but also the rest of the world.
Charlton served as a 2002 World Cup bid ambassador for Japan and took part in designing the Oita Kyushu Sekiyu Dome and the J. Village national training center as an advisor. He later named the J. Village.
     Last year, Charlton attended a special event at Wembley Stadium featuring Japanese high school players who were affected by the East Japan earthquake and tsunami.
     “This is wonderful news,” JFA President OGURA Junji said. “I am so pleased for a benefactor who has helped in the development of Japanese football. We owe him so many things.”
Others who had received the Japanese Order include FIFA President Joseph Blatter, German coach Dettmar Cramer and late JFA advisor Christopher McDonald of England.