By overturning a very loopy match, Takuma Asano and Ritsu Doan allowed the Samurai Blue to win their entry into this 2022 World Cup in the very best manner. All this, in opposition to an opponent not so unknown as that, for the reason that two Japanese scorers of the day are taking part in in Germany, like six different of their teammates within the choice. Backfire.
It’s saying that this Germany-Japan had a (very) sturdy scent of the Bundesliga. At kick-off, at least 13 out of twenty-two gamers have been certainly taking part in within the German championship: eight facet Nationalmannschaft5 facet Samurai Blue, together with Ao Tanaka, midfielder of Fortuna Düsseldorf, resident of two. Buli. The latter, changed twenty minutes from time by Ritsu Doan, was in a position to see from the sidelines that his teammate, often a proper winger of SC Fribourg, additionally took the know-how made in germany in his baggage for Qatar. His firecracker from the left, simply 4 minutes after coming into play, got here to reset the counters to zero. Earlier than Takuma Asano, additionally a substitute, as at VfL Bochum the place he additionally squatted the fitting flank of the assault, got here to present Japan the benefit definitively, not with out having removed Nico Schlotterbeck, then Manuel Neuer at shut vary. A pleasant revenge for the native of Komono who had missed assembly the German defender final November in Dortmund because of a tear within the inside ligament of the knee and whose final opposition in opposition to the cyborg of the Teutonic cages had resulted in a suitcase (0-7) in August.
“They present nice dedication and an inclination to need to do every part completely. As well as, they’re very diligent in coaching and really disciplined. » Pierre Littbarski on Japanese gamers within the Bundesliga
Legionnaire’s Silver Medal
Including to the three aforementioned Kito Itakura (Gladbach), Maya Yoshida (Schalke), Daishi Kamada (Frankfurt), Hiroki Ito and Wataru Endo (Stuttgart), there are at least eight Legionare Japanese who make up Hajime Moriyasu’s record, the second largest contingent of Bundesliga gamers at this 2022 World Cup, behind Germany (twenty), however forward of Switzerland (seven). A determine which can shock, however which solely confirms that, for the reason that switch of Yasuhiko Okudera to FC Cologne in 1977, German-Japanese soccer relations have been in fine condition: since then, the Bundesliga has recorded 39 incoming transfers, and its little sister 33 In response to Pierre Littbarski, who took the other route within the Nineties, there’s nothing shocking about this. Already a decade in the past, the previous JEF United Ichihara defined to the German championship web site why it is a perfect vacation spot for Japanese gamers: “They present nice dedication and an inclination to need to do every part completely. As well as, they’re very diligent in coaching and really disciplined. » Or when the clichés lastly have again.
“I’m delighted to search out my teammates Christian Günter and Matthias Ginter, however till subsequent 12 months, we’re not pals! » Ritsu Doan earlier than Germany-Japan
And whether it is true that the Samurai Blue haven’t missed a single World Cup since 1998, it could appear that this 2022 classic is that of maturity. “I feel it is one of many strongest Japanese groups to take part in a World Cup” dared the metronome of Eintracht Daichi Kamada in a press convention. “Our purpose is the quarter-finals. » The captain Stuttgarter Wataru Endo was no much less advanced earlier than the assembly: “Qualification for the remainder of the match will depend on whether or not we handle to take three factors or not in opposition to Germany. However now we have an opportunity to win in opposition to her. » Pragmatically, Ritsu Doan confirmed that having a 3rd of Bundesligist throughout the choice was nothing however a bonus: “We play in opposition to Bayern, I do know their particular person qualities. They’re loopy gamers, however now we have to maintain our religion. On the one hand, I’m delighted to search out my teammates Christian Günter and Matthias Ginter, however till subsequent 12 months, we’re not pals! » If Japan lastly achieves its purpose to the detriment of Nationalmannschaft, maybe sooner or later, the German gamers will in flip supply themselves somewhat remedy of self-discipline and assiduity within the Land of the Rising Solar. In any case, relationships are higher when they’re two-way.
By Julien Duez