Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Arsenal Manager Wenger Labels Japan's Keisuke Honda the Player of the Tournament

This is impressive coming from the manager of the English Premier League team Arsenal. Too bad the United States does not have an exciting striker like Honda. American strikers went scoreless in the 2010 World Cup. American Jozy Altidore has potential with his strength and speed but needs to mature as his inexperience leads him to do too much on his own.

From Goal.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Keisuke Honda as "a genius" and the star player at World Cup 2010.

The Japan international wowed supporters with his performances for the Asian challengers and grabbed three goals before dropping out of the competition at the second round phase. Comfortable up front or on either wing, this versatility made him hot property before CSKA Moscow scooped him up for £5 million in December.

Wenger had been believed to have been close to making a bid for his services, along with Tottenham Hotspur, Ajax, PSV and Twente. Speaking to Eurosport, he couldn't hide his admiration for the 24-year-old, who is also believed to be a target for Barcelona.

"This Japansese team is based on a solid and collective defence in which everybody knows exactly what to do," Wenger said.

"When they get the ball they can give it to Honda - and the magic starts.

"When they get that genius Honda playing up front, he has shown what a top class player he is. For me he's the best performer of the competition so far."

By Matt Monaghan
Jul 1, 2010 6:38:00 PM


  1. Honda is a total next level player for Japan. He did them proud.

  2. I agree and he's only 24. The American striker Altidore is only 20 so he has hope as well.

  3. I'm looking forward to the Olympics!

  4. I guess the Olympics will have to do until the next World Cup. Where is the next Olympics anyways?

  5. Next Olympics are in London.

  6. That's right. I remember. Thx. Should be a good Olympics.