Posts Tagged ‘football’

Because of the epic and spectacular victory of the Japanese Women football team at the 2011 World Cup (I was really lucky to be in Germany at this time) and because I promised one of my friends to make this special article; here it comes: a Special about Japanese football!  

  • Japan is currently in the international FIFA ranking on rank 3 (women) and 19 (men)
  • The Japanese Football Association (JFA) was founded in 1921 – but the domestic media still call the sport soccer
  • The first worldwide popular association football-oriented Japanese animation (manga) series, Captain Tsubasa, was started in 1981. Captain Tsubasa was extremely popular among children (boys and girls) in Japan. Its success led to many more association football manga being written, and it played a great role in association football history in Japan. Captain Tsubasa has also inspired the likes of prominent footballers such as Hidetoshi Nakata, Seigo Narazaki, Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti, Fernando Torres, Christian Vieri, Giuseppe Sculliand Alessandro Del Piero to play association football and choose it as a career. (more…)