Makoto Hasebe: slow starter whose diligence paid off with Japan captaincy
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
Like many other Japanese players of his generation the national captain, Makoto Hasebe, started to dream of becoming a professional footballer when he read the popular and globally famous manga series Captain Tsubasa. Inspired by the miraculous skills of Tsubasa Oozora, the comic books’... read more
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