Japan is different from Korea. Recently, the Japan Professional Football Players Association held an awards ceremony and selected the best 11, all of which were foreign players.
The Japanese version of ‘Goal.com’ reported the results of the JPFA Awards hosted by the Japan Players Association on the 18th (Korean time). Each award was selected by a vote of JPFA registered players, and this year, not only players active in Japan but also 26 World Cup players in Qatar were nominated.
The Japanese player of the year selected by them was Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma. Not only did Mitoma stand out at the World Cup in Qatar, but he has also been active in the Premier League recently. He has scored 3 goals and 1 assist in 13 Premier League appearances this season, and Brighton are currently in 7th place in the league.
It is noteworthy that this year’s best 11 is composed of all overseas players. This is a result because Qatar World Cup entrants were also able to vote. The goalkeeper is Daniel Schmidt (Sint Trawiddon) and the three defenders are Ko Itakura (Monchengladbach), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart) and Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Daichi Kamada (Frankfurt), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Doan Ritz (Freiburg), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton), strikers: Takuma Asano (Bochum), Junya Ito (Reims), Kyōgo Furuhashi Celtic).
Meanwhile, the best J-League 1 player selected by the JPFA was Tomoki Iwata of Yokohama Marinos. However, Iwata moved to Celtic in the Scottish league in the transfer market this winter and has now entered the European ranks. 카지노
Japan boasts a strong enough player base to make up all European entries for its soccer team. As Commissioner Cha Du-ri, who participated in the Qatar World Cup Technical Study Group (TSG), cited ‘many European players’ as the reason for Japan’s World Cup sensation, the growth of Japanese football is expected to continue.
It is also Japan’s move compared to Korean football, which failed to produce a single European player in the transfer market this winter. In January of this year alone, eight Japanese players left the J-League and moved to the European League.