Takumi Minamino, forward for the Cerezo Osaka team, has been selected to represent the Japanese National team (2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup) and to take part in the 2014 Asian Football Cup U-19 training camp and tournament in Myanmar.
A profile and comments from the player himself are provided below.
<< Schedule >>
29.09.2014 (Monday) – 03.10.2014 (Friday) Pre-tournament training camp in Miyazaki Prefecture
04.10.2014 (Saturday) – 25.10.2014 (Saturday) 2014 AFC U-19 tournament, Myanmar
<< Takumi Minamino’s Profile >>
· Born: 16.01.1995
· Hometown: Osaka, Japan
· Height & weight: 1.74m, 67kg
· Position: Forward
· Football career: Sessel Kumatori FC ('04) → Cerezo Osaka U-15 ('07) → Cerezo Osaka U-18 ('10) → Cerezo Osaka ('13)
· National team career: U-15 Japan squad ('09), U-16 Japan squad ('10), U-17 Japan squad ('11, '12), U-18 Japan squad ('11, '13), U-19 Japan squad ('14)
‘I am proud to have been chosen to play for the U-19 national squad. I plan to play my best, in order to make it past the qualifying rounds. I feel a responsibility to my Cerezo teammates – leaving them for this upcoming tournament will not be easy – however, I intend to make the most of the opportunity given me. Mygoal is to give100% and produce results, and, going forward, I hope to apply everything I learn here, at Cerezo, by contributing to the team’s success.’