Kyogo Furuhashi is ready to take on the international stage. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ qualifier against Mongolia could provide her with her first chance to make a name for herself.
Equally at home on the wing as well as on the point, he scored 17 goals with Vissel Kobe in 2020, making him the top gunner in the world. Ushi. His four achievements in the AFC Champions League, in which he participated for the first time, notably enabled his team to reach the semi-finals.
Thanks to his club performances, coach Hajime Moriyasu called him up for the Japan team. Furuhashi, already called up for the Kirin Cup 2019 during which he remained silent, this time he hopes to unlock his personal counter. “I am very happy to be back with the national team,” said the 26-year-old at the microphone of FIFA.com. “I used to watch the Blue Samurai on the television. Today I have the opportunity to be part of the group again. If given my chance, I will do my best to score and help my team win against Mongolia. “
Efficiency and maturity
Born in Ikoma, Furuhashi started at Chuo University, before joining Gifu in 2017. This first experience in the second division convinced Vissel’s managers to engage his services the following year. After a first season of adaptation, he scored 12 goals in 36 matches during the year 2019. Thanks to his double, Vissel Kobe won a victory (3-1) over Shimizu S-Pulse in the semi-finals of the Cup of the Emperor. In the end, the Ushi won (2-0) in front of Kashima Antlers and offered themselves a first historic success in this competition, as well as a qualification for the AFC Champions League.
Furuhashi found the net there in the first group match, against Johor Darul Ta’zim (5-1), before signing the winning goal against Suwon Bluewings. His name appears again on the notice board on the occasion of a prestigious victory (3-1) at the expense of Guangzhou Evergrande, double winner of the event. The striker equalizes against Suwon in the quarter-finals to score his fourth goal of the tournament. In the process, the Japanese won on penalties.
“I was very lucky to score from my debut in the Champions League. The level was very high and each time, we had to fight with all our strength. We all learned a lot, me first,” said the Japanese striker. “I am very happy with the turn my career has taken. I have been able to improve myself and accumulate experience. Today, I am reaping the fruits of my efforts. If we always give the maximum, a opportunity will eventually present itself. From that point of view, I have matured. “
The arrival of Furuhashi in Vissel coincides with that, much more publicized, of Andrés Iniesta. The two men are not long in finding themselves with their eyes closed on the pitch, to the point that the relationship between the former Spain midfielder and the Japanese neo-international is one of the strong points of Vissel’s game. “We understand each other perfectly. I know he often looks for me when giving the ball. He considers me his first solution. I am trusted and, for my part, I know that I am able to meet the expectations placed in me “, concludes Furuhashi