On the one hand, it is a good thing for FC Schalke 04 that only one professional was present at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. On the other hand, there was not that much income from FIFA for seconded players.
The only S04 star who attended the tournament is Maya Yoshida. The FC Schalke 04 veteran was very unlucky with Japan. Now the national player reported with sad words.
FC Schalke 04: Celebrated star with sad words
The S04 fans cheered, trembled and finally mourned their newcomer Maya Yoshida. The captain of the Japanese national team managed to leave the German national team behind in the group, but had to give up in the round of 16 in a bitter way.
Japan had to go to penalties against Croatia after 120 minutes with the score 1-1 – and that turned into a drama. Japan missed the first two penalties and Croatia converted. When Minamino finally scored to make it 2-1, Croatian player Livaja missed. Suddenly there was hope again in Japan. Then Schalke’s Yoshida stepped up. The 34-year-old, who prepared the 1-0 lead in the first half, miserably missed Croatia keeper Livakovic. Then Vlasic converted confidently and shot his team into the quarterfinals.
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Japan was out, bitter tears shed and Yoshida was devastated. A few days after the end, the S04 star spoke up. “The World Cup is over in no time. Sometimes you work yourself to death for it and it doesn’t pay off,” said the defender on social networks.
“Unlike any other game”
And Yoshida continues: “But the joy of winning and the fun of playing cannot be compared to any other game. I want my kids to represent Japan and make it to the World Cup! Because it really is the best! Thank you everyone for the support!”
FC Schalke 04, on the other hand, will be happy that Yoshida will soon be joining the team again. The Japanese is scheduled to return to training with the Royal Blues on December 15th.