This era named Heisei era in our country of Japan, has lasted for 30 years but now there is a mere 3 months remaining.
At the beginning of that year, starting the 5th this month, the world of Japanese football will once again enter the quadrennial AFC Asian Cup.
The outline of this tournament is that the number of the teams appearing in the group stage has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams, that the previous system of the first 3 teams from the 2015 competition held in Australia and the winner of the AFC Challenge Cup were qualified has been abolished, and that the number of the teams going through the qualifying stage will be 23 (plus the host country Qatar).
The tournament will take place between the opening game on the 5th of January and the final on the 1st of February, the teams proceeding all the way to the final will be playing out a total number of 7 games.
At the 2018 WC in Russia, Japan managed to advance to the final stages for the third time in it’s history. At that time, Hajime Moriyasu was serving as assistant coach for the national team but was appointed manager shortly after that, entrusted to lead Japanese football into the future. Incidentally, Japan has no experience of winning the AFC Asian Cup under a Japanese coach. (the past 4 tournament wins: 1992 led by Dutch Marius Johan Ooft, 2000 by French Philippe Troussier, 2004 by Brazilian Zico and in 2011 by Italian Alberto Zaccheroni)
AFC Asian Cup was first arranged 1956 in Hong Kong and counting from that occasion it is now closing in on it’s 17th time being held.
Japan was surprisingly late to appear, something that happened in the 1988 competition in Qatar, but has since appeared 8 times in a row, accumulated a total number of 4 tournament wins and have never finished outside of the final eight. Considering that, unmistakenly the Japanese national team are pulling the world of Asian football forward.
The average age of the elite 23 players appearing for Japan this time is 25.3, and comparing with the WC in Russia when the average age was 28.3, the team has been rejuvenated by 3 years, Makoto Hasebe who served as captain for 3 straight World Cups has retired from the national team and compared to the WC, there has been a turnover of 17 players. Truly, the Japanese national football team is in a position of rebirth.
What is this indicator of a football player’s value, the so called early termination penalty
Nowadays, when a famous player has a change of club address, tens of billions of yens are changing hands. What in the world is this so called early termination (of a player’s contract) penalty?
For example, let’s say player A will go from club X to club Y. At such an occasion, since A is under contract with X, Y will have to pay the penalty that arises. Of for that matter, taking an example from everyone’s immediate vicinity, please imagine the situation when one chooses to changes cell phone company from D to S in the midst of an ongoing contract. Under such circumstances a similar fine will occur. Of course it is difficult to compare the market value of a cell phone and a football player, but in broad terms the system is the same. Next time, I will try to shine a light on the rebirth from the early termination penalties of a player contract・the price of a Japanese national team player on the market.
January 20, 2019