“I love the atmosphere of Portuguese football. It’s different from Japan”

AndIn Portugal since January, Kiyosuke Tagawa has been a Santa Clara sensation in the second round of La Liga. With 10 games played with the Azores, the Japanese have already scored five goals and left high hopes for the future.

He is an international with his country and expects nothing less. After his pace in Portuguese football, he has a clear chance of participating in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He’s on loan from Tokyo FC until the end of next season, so if you don’t know Tagawa, you’ll have more chances to learn about the quality of the Japanese striker.

In an interview with sports per minuteTagawa spoke about the goals that kept him in perfect shape, explained the relationship the Japanese statement had with football and spoke about his first impressions of Portuguese football.

The population of Japanese football is very large and it is a very important sportWhere did the love for football come from?

Since I was young I used to play soccer every day, so I couldn’t think of playing anything but soccer.

Is it normal in Japan to be a footballer or is there a preference for other regions?

I think there are a lot of young people who want to be footballers. I think Japanese football has a very large population and it is a very important sport.

In Europe, it is said that Asian culture is somewhat rigid. Did your parents support your decision to become a soccer player?

My parents always cheer me up and respect me. They encouraged me to become a footballer.

I am grateful to Santa Clara for giving me the chance to play in Europe

Asian football is increasingly betting on foreign players, for a variety of reasons. What is the impact of these foreign players on the Japanese player?

For the Japanese, the physical ability of foreign players is great. So it will be beneficial and at the same time the presence of these players will give a good boost to the Japanese players. I think the league will continue to grow.

How came the opportunity to play for the Santa Clara team?

This is a difficult question. I’ve always wanted to play outside, so I’m grateful to Santa Clara for giving me the chance to play.

Did the fact of being able to deal with a drastic change in culture, language and customs intimidate you or make you think twice before coming to Portugal?

I played in the youth ranks for the Japan national team and did many expeditions abroad, so I couldn’t resist the idea of ​​living abroad, and because I was focused on football from the start, I didn’t feel much pressure.

I knew Morita, but I hadn’t spoken to him before I came. I did not have time

How was the experience?

I like the atmosphere, different from Japan, and I’m grateful to have had this experience.

In Santa Clara, he met another Japanese man, Morita. Do you know each other? Did you speak before Kyosuk moved here?

Of course I knew Morita, but I hadn’t spoken to him before I came. I was also preparing for this step, so I didn’t have time to call him.

What is the trick to get into Portuguese football and start scoring a lot of goals?

I think it’s because I understand the attacker’s role and I’m aware of the moment of unattended and sense of purpose.

What do you expect for the future?

I want to score a lot of goals and be called up for the Japan national team.

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