With a bitter 0:1 derby defeat, he said goodbye FC Schalke 04 in the forthcoming international break.
For six players FC Schalke 04 now it’s time to travel. One of them is Maya Yoshida, who will play two friendlies with the Japanese national team. The Japanese and the S04 can breathe a sigh of relief. It won’t be as many kilometers as ex-player Ko Itakura had to cover this time.
FC Schalke 04 and Yoshida breathe a sigh of relief
For Ko Itakura, the international matches during his time at Schalke went hand in hand with a lot of travel stress. Again and again the Japanese had to travel up to 10,000 kilometers before he returned to Gelsenkirchen for training.
This was not so unimportant, especially in terms of promotion, because even an Itakura needed its breaks. In the end everything went well, S04 got promoted and Itakura booked the World Cup ticket with Japan.
Now, following the departure of the defender, Schalke have signed another Japanese defender. Maya Yoshida is even the captain of the national team and has been nominated for the next two friendlies. Fortunately, the S04 veteran does not have to travel that much. The international matches are only a few kilometers away from Gelsenkirchen.
FC Schalke 04: Yoshida plays with Japan in Düsseldorf
On September 23 at 2:25 p.m. there will be the first game against the USA. The game will be played in the Düsseldorf Merkur Arena. Just like the game between the Japanese national team and Ecuador (September 27, 1:55 p.m.), which will be played in the stadium of second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf.
So Yoshida doesn’t have to travel far. This is important for the S04 professional and the club, especially in view of FC Schalke 04’s remaining competitive games before the World Cup. The 34-year-old is spared the long journey and can then concentrate fully on the Royal Blues.
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During the international break, S04 will play a friendly against FC Gütersloh on September 22nd. If everyday league life continues, the Knappen will then welcome FC Augsburg (November 2, 5:30 p.m.).