日本を代表するサッカー選手になる為の条件

2019年年明けに開催されたAFCアジア杯は、堂安選手や冨安選手など若手の活躍もあり準優勝と言う結果を残した。決勝で対戦したカタール代表の中心メンバーは長年国をあげて育てている黄金世代であり、その実力と連携性には大いなるインパクトを受けた方も少なくないのではないか。
このような国際大会での日本代表の試合では数々のドラマが生まれ、それが日本サッカーの歴史の軌跡となっていく。
そんな日本サッカーで長らく活躍する、またはしてきた選手達=歴代日本代表試合出場数が多い選手達と仮定する。
さらにその選手たちの兄弟構成を調べ、どのようなプレーヤーが日本を代表する選手になれるのかを検証していきたい。
先ずは以下リストをご覧ください。

 

日本代表歴代出場試合数_試合数順

 

先ず歴代日本代表試合出場数上位15名において共通することは一人っ子がいない点である。(※三都主アレサンドロは兄弟構成データなし)
さらには、上位2名である遠藤保仁選手と井原正巳氏の兄弟構成が二人の兄を持つ三兄弟の末っ子という点で同じなのも非常に興味深く、
15名中1人ないし2人の兄を持つ選手が大半の9名いる点は特筆するべき点である。
発達心理学などからの科学的根拠はないが、一般的に言われる兄のいる弟の性格傾向を以下のようにまとめてみた。

 

<兄のいる弟の性格的な特徴>
• 異性にモテる人気者
• 甘え上手で依存心が強い
• 喜怒哀楽が激しい
• 好き嫌いが多い
• わがままで自分勝手
• 要領がよく世渡り上手
• 負けん気やチャレンジ精神が強い

 

親が上の兄弟への子育てへの神経質を使い、その親が子育て実経験がある状態で生まれてくのが下の子である。
下の子は上の兄弟の様に細かい事を言われることも少なく、自助努力なくして上の兄弟が手本を示してくれ、救いの手を自然と差し伸べてくれるため、大らかに成長する傾向がある。
皆さんの周りにもそのような上の兄弟を持つ友人はいないだろうか。
生まれた時から年少者という立場から、同年代よりも年長者に向かっていくチャレンジャー精神も育ち、自由奔放で生意気だけど憎めない天然性格で、異性同性問わず人気者になる傾向が多い。

ちなみにコラム冒頭で取り上げた今年のAFCアジア杯で攻撃の中心となった堂安律選手は歴代日本代表試合出場数上位2名と同じく兄が二人いる三兄弟の末っ子であり、冨安選手は二人の姉がいるこれまた三姉弟の末っ子である。
兄弟構成で日本を代表するサッカー選手を定義してしまうのは甚だアスリートの皆さんには失礼な話だが、そのような観点からスポーツを楽しむというのも有りなのではないでしょうか。
先ほどのリストを今度は堂安律選手と冨安健洋選手も加えて年功序列に並べてみた。

 

日本代表歴代出場試合数_年齢順

 

先のAFCアジア杯でも大車輪の活躍をした長友佑都選手は、歴代日本代表試合出場数の井原正巳氏の記録まであと8試合であり、30歳を迎え、イングランドプレミアリーグで長年活躍し、英国永住権を取得したことが記憶に新しい吉田麻也選手はすでに100試合近い出場経験がある。
さらには今年になりトルコのクラブに移籍してから本来の魅力的なプレーを見せてくれている香川真司選手はいまだ20代にもかかわらず吉田麻也選手と同じく95試合の出場経験がある点など、この先の各選手の活躍とサッカー日本代表が益々楽しみである。


2019年3月20日(水曜日)

Conditions in order to become a member of the Japanese national football team

At the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, young players such as Doan and Tomiyasu took part and because of their efforts a tournament runner-up result was achieved. The central members of the opponents in the final, Qatar, had been raising the country as the golden generation for many years and would be inclined to believe that that ability and coordination had a great impact on the outcome.
At these kinds of international competitions, in the games of the Japanese national team, numerous dramas were born, and that also becomes the wagon tracks of Japanese football history.
Let’s assume that such players serving Japan football for a long time = those players with the most appearances for Japan historically speaking.
Furthermore, let’s examine the family structure of said players, and verify what kind of players that can come to represent Japan.
To start with, please look at the link below.

 

Number of appearances for Japan_ordered by number of appearances

 

First, let’s look at the shared trait among the 15 players with most appearances for Japan, no-one is the only child!(※no available data for Alessandro Santos)
Moreover, deeply interesting is the fact that Yasuhito Endo and Masami Ihara, number 1 and 2 on the list, are the youngest child among 3 brothers, and the fact that among the recently mentioned 15 players, the majority of 9 players are the the youngest child amongst brothers only, surely deserves a special mention.
Whilst that may not have a basis in developmental psychology, I have tried to summarize personality tendencies younger brothers with an older brother are generally said to have.

 

<Personality traits among younger brothers with an older brother>
• Popular with the opposite sex
• Good at being sweet, tends to be dependent on people
• Has wild mood swings
• Often likes and dislikes things
• Self-centered
• Clever, good at getting on in the world
• Has a strong competitive and fighting spirit

 

At first when raising the older brother the parents tend to be sensitive in their upbringing. When the younger brother arrives to this world, the same parents have already gained practical experience.
The younger child often has not been told things into detail like the older brother had, instead of learning by default it tends to use the older brother as a model, who naturally lends a helping hand, resulting in an inclination of a placid growth for the younger one.
Everyone tends to have friends with such older brothers for sure?
Ever since being born from a standpoint of youth, rather than facing towards the of the same age, facing towards their seniors, having a challenger’s spirit, a free and brazen but not dislikeable natural personality, most often popular among both sexes.

By the way, as mentioned at the outset of this column, Ritsu Doan who the attack was built around during this year’s AFC Asian Cup, is just like the first two on the list of most appearances for Japan the youngest of three brothers, and Tomiyasu has two older sisters making him the youngest child.
Defining the players of the Japanese national football team by their family structure is perhaps a bit rude to the athletes, but it’s quite possible to enjoy sport from that kind of point of view as well, isn’t it?
I also tried adding Doan and Tomiyasu the former list and rearranged it in order of seniority.

 

Number of appearances for Japan_ordered by seniority

 

Yuto Nagatomo who had an all-out effort at the AFC Asian Cup, has only 8 games left to the record of Masami Ihara, and Maya Yoshida who is closing in on his 30s、has had a long career and recently earned a permanent residential status in England, has almost 100 appearances to his name.
Furthermore Shinji Kagawa, recently moved to a Turkish club and always attractive to watch because of his playing style, still in his 20s but despite of that Maya Yoshida alike already getting close to 100 appearances. From now on it will be increasingly hard not to look forward to what all the players and the Japanese national football team have to offer!


March 20, 2019