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Japanese veteran midfielder Daisuke Matsui joins Saigon FC

Saturday, December 05, 2020, 16:10 GMT+7
Japanese veteran midfielder Daisuke Matsui joins Saigon FC
Saigon FC has signed a contract with Japanese veteran midfielder Daisuke Matsui (center)

Former Japanese midfielder Daisuke Matsui will join Vietnam’s Saigon FC from Yokohama FC given a one-year contract signed on Thursday.

The midfielder will arrive in Ho Chi Minh City next week and quarantine for 14 days before joining the club.

The 39-year-old, part of the 2010 World Cup squad that reached the last 16 in South Africa, played for Yokohama FC in the J-League for the last three years.

Matsui made his debut with then-J1 Kyoto Purple Sanga in 2000.

He played for the Japan national football team from 2003 to 2011. He had 31 appearances, scored one goal, and participated in FIFA Confederations Cup 2003, Olympic 2004 and World Cup 2010.

His much-traveled career has also seen him play for three other French clubs, teams in Russia, Bulgaria and Poland as well as Japan’s Jubilo Iwata, said a news report on The Japan Times.

According to Tran Hoa Binh, general director of Saigon FC, the club’s strategy is to add some J-League factors to V-League, with three Japanese players going to play for its squad in the 2021 season.

Saigon FC signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with FC Tokyo on April 30.

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