Japan and its players do not cease to amaze. Now the great reference, Takefusa Kubo, explained some of the tactical keys his team used to defeat Germany in their debut Qatar 2022and he did not do it in his native language, but in perfect Spanish.
Network users were quick to show their surprise at the mastery of a language foreign to Japanese culture. They even started to make fun of of other characters who, although they have spoken Spanish all their lives, still don’t do it quite rightfor example Luis Roberto Alves Zague.
Kubo spoke and said the keys with which his technician, Hajime Moriyasu, worked to reverse the score. He pointed out that he wasn’t being effective enough according to the game plan that was needed.
“We saw that we were not taking much pressure. (The technician) took me off and took out Tomi (Tomiyasu). We made a line of 5, it was one of our plans, but since we were losing 1-0 and we had to overtake him before, and it came out of c$ * / a mother”, pointed out the Real Sociedad winger.
Yuto Nagatomo it also put his Spanish skills to the test, only he was less fluent. He could barely say a word “bravo”, that’s how he defined the duel against the Teutons.
Why do you speak Spanish so well?
Kubo is one of those cases that show that current football is one of global conditions. His first steps were in Japan but he went to Spain even as a child, looking to prove himself in the best football in the world.
Barcelona recruited him in 2011, when he was barely 10 years old and he shone immediately. During his first full season, 2012-13, he was top scorer in the league with 74 goals in 30 games. He was even talked about as the future star of the club, however, a bump got in his way.
FIFA, in 2015, sanctioned the Culés for, presumably, violate transfer policies for underage players, so the player could not see activity until his majority. That led him to return to Japan; however, he had already had to adapt to a culture and language different from his own.
There he had to start over. He was in the basic forces of the FC Tokyo and climbed until his professional debut in May 2017. His stay in the country of origin was not going to last long, in Spain they were looking forward to it.
It was speculated that he would return to Barcelona, but the real Madrid He won the game and signed him in 2019 with a 6-year contract. He was the first Japanese in the White Housebut could not stand out there.
He has gone from loan to loan, but has not left Iberian football since then. He played in Mallorca, Villarreal, Getafe, Mallorca again and finally in the Real society. At 21 years old, she still has a promising future. Possibly this World Cup will help him finally make the leap to a top team.
Perhaps his experience in the Spanish league has hardened him to face elite players, such as those from Germany. Such training in Spain not only helped him improve his language, it also gave him the weapons to compete at the highest level, and that translated into the epic of the Japanese National Team.
His colleagues know it, he is one of the figures in the country and not for nothing. He had the opportunity to be recruited by Barcelona and later signed by Real Madrid, he knows football, and in large part thanks to those experiences. Discipline and dedication come from the idiosyncrasies of an entire country.