Soccer World Off The Pitch – Kenya Takahashi (Lions)

IMG_4144This week we catch up with one of a growing band of Japanese players that are making their mark in the Brisbane Premier League. Thanks to Soccer World, learn more about Lions FC player, Kenya Takahashi.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and what was your first junior club?

KT: When I went to kindergarten in Japan, there was a soccer club and  just joined that group.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.

KT: I was selected in national under 12, under 15 and under 18 soccer teams. During that same period, I played for the Yokohama.F.Marinos youth team which is one of the top teams in Japan.

After that, I went to university for four years in Tokyo and played for them. Fortunately, I’ve been lucky to experience being part of championship winning teams in tournaments and leagues throughout my youth soccer. I then came to Australia and played for Sunshine Coast FC in the NPL last year. 

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

KT: The best thing I have got out of playing soccer is meeting a lot of friends and teammates. 

QSN: What are your greatest individual and team moments in football?

KT: Scoring goals are the best moments for me and team as well. 

QSN: You have been in great form for Lions FC with some great performances in the Brisbane Premier League and FFA Cup. What do you attribute your good form to this season?

KT: I will work hard for Lions FC with passion and performing good technique. Also, I want to contribute to scoring goals for my side. 

QSN: Lions are ladder leaders in the BPL. How do you assess your team’s performances to date and prospects for the remainder of the season?

KT: Lions has performed really well so far. I reckon we will be able to keep doing it and hopefully come away with the premiership.

QSN: What are your personal goals for the 2016? 

KT: I actually have many goals for this year. One of them is to get as many goals and assists as I can. 

QSN:  What are your long term aspirations?

KT: I want to be a professional soccer player in Japan and play in the J-LEAGUE which is the top level league in Japan. 

QSN: You are a very experienced footballer. What is your assessment of the quality of the young footballers coming through at Lions?

KT: They are playing very well. I hope they can continue to train hard to improve their quality and skills to perform well in the game.

QSN: Who is the best player you have played with or against in your career?

KT: Yoshinori Mutou who is playing for Mainz in Germany was the best player I have met in my career. He has multiple skills like physicality, technique and attacking ability. 

QSN: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

KT: Listening to my favourite songs is my things to do before the game. 

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

KT: Sparkling water, Justin Bieber, Pasta, Tuna, eggs and lettuce, Lionel Messi and Barcelona.

QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?

KT: Nothing too special but I find the things that I can enjoy in my life.

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

KT: I’d probably be playing tennis because I like the Novak Djokovic as I like the way he thinks. 

QSN: There’s great camaraderie around the Lions squad, how is it being in that environment?

KT: I am really satisfied with my life in Australia. It is all because of people who are supporting me. I really appreciate their support. Especially all the people at Lions FC, the staff, teammates and supporters.

Thanks Kenny for taking time out to talk to us and we hope you score many goals for the remainder of the season.

Lions have a comfortable lead in the Premier League but they can’t afford to be complacent with a number of teams waiting to take advantage should they falter. One of those teams is a rejuvenated Peninsula Power and Lions will make the trip to AJ Kelly Park on Saturday evening for the latest chapter in the rivalry between the two clubs. Kickoff is at 5pm.

Name: Kenya (Kenny) Takahashi 

Nationality: Japan

Age :23

Nickname: Kenny

Height : 170cm 

Preferred Position/s: Midfielder or Defender

 Career Highlights:

Yokohama.F.Marinos Youth – 2007 – 2010

Hosei University – 2011 – 2014

Sunshine Coast Fire – 2015

Lions – 2016