Keisuke Honda - From Japan's lawns to Brazil

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At the beginning of the year 2020, the Brazilian football club Botafogo FR announced a contract that was not expected by the majority. Keisuke Honda, famous Japanese player, landed in Rio de Janeiro, with great international contracting status. Honda, 33 years old, has passed through many clubs of great expression, such as the Milan from Italy and Russian CSKA. He also participated in 3 world cups, having already played about 100 games for the Japanese team.

His coming to Brazil, reverberated a lot among the specialized press, among the fans and mainly on the internet, generating even several memes. The curious thing is that the club presented the player in a video with the style of Gameboy Pokemon. Such repercussion guaranteed Botafogo the biggest digital growth since May 2018. The club has already added more than 34.5 thousand new registrations. So let's learn a little more about this player's history and career.

Keisuke Honda - From anonymity to stardom

As most should know, the soccer it is not the most popular sport among the Japanese. But since he was a little boy Keisuke Honda was fascinated by football. So much so that, at just 8 years old, he had already passed the test to play for FC Settsu, a local team. Some time later, he left the club and started playing for the Ishikawa school team. There he played a key role in taking the city team to the semifinals of the All Japan High School .

The young Honda started to become famous since then, being recognized as the main player by J. League and the Japanese Football Association in 2004. It was then that he started to be compared to a character called Seisuke Kanou football anime Hungry Heart - Wild Striker (by the same author of   Captain Tsubasa   -Super Champions).

After finishing his studies, Honda ended up playing for a team from Limburg, Holland, called VVV Venlo. Due to his excellent performances at this club, many European teams became interested in his football. Such teams as the great English teams Liverpool FC and Everton and AFC Ajax from the Netherlands.

From japan to the world

At the end of 2009, Honda was transferred to the CSKA Moscow, grande time da liga da Russia. Seu contrato foi assinado por 4 anos no valor de cerca de 6 milhões de euros. Uma das suas grandes atuações ficou marcada na historia do clube O jogo era da Liga dos Campeões, contra o Sevilla, grande time espanhol, e favorito a vitória.

The confrontation remained tied, until Honda scored a decisive foul goal, giving the victory to his team. On that day, the sports press praised Honda for the victory, making several headlines around the world. Honda was the first Japanese player to reach the quarter-finals of this competition. 

Staying at a high level for years on the Russian team and receiving high praise from great coaches, in 2013, Honda leaves CSKA and signs a contract with the powerful Milan from Italy. The Japanese star arrived with great status at the club, receiving the number 10 shirt.

With the end of his contract in 2017, Honda signs a contract with Pachuca of Mexico. Even though he was 30 years old at the time, his performance and talent remained alive. With his excellent participation, scoring 13 goals in 36 matches, he helped the team reach the Club World Cup semifinals. In 2018, Honda is announced by the Melbourne Victory of Australia. And in January 2020. signed a one-year contract with the Brazilian club Botafogo.

In the Japanese national team and off the field

Pela seleção do japão, Honda é o artilheiro em Copas do Mundo, sendo o quarto maior artilheiro de toda historia da seleção e o nono jogador que mais jogou pelo Japão. Ganhou bastante fama e destaque graças as seus gols de falta, incluindo o feito nas Olimpíadas pelo Japão sub-23. Ele sempre foi elogiado pelos críticos por causa de sua performasse e disciplina nessas competições.

Even though he never won major competitions with Japan, Keisuke Honda joined story national team, being considered one of the biggest and best Japanese players.

Outside the lawns Honda operates in several areas. He owns many soccer schools around the world and owns two soccer teams, the Soltilo Angkor FC of Cambodia it's the Brigth Stars FC of Uganda. In addition, Honda voluntarily trained the Cambodia team. Even becoming a cultural ambassador in Cambodia. He also holds interests in an investment fund in partnership with the famous actor Will Smith.