Japanese “Soccer Boy” Football Prodigy, Chinese Reactions

A 2nd grade football prodigy in Japan.

A child football (soccer) prodigy In Japan, only in the second grade.

The following video of a “Japanese 2nd grade football [soccer] child prodigy” on Chinese video sharing website Youku has received 450k views and 11k upvotes and has been circulating on popular Chinese social network RenRen:

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A 2nd grade football prodigy in Japan.

Comments from Youku:


If China had a few more children like this, there would be hope for our national football [team/sport]. 搞笑


Too individual/selfish, the other kids are just on on the side watching, haha, but he definitely has a future/potential.


Of course train individual technique/skill when small, and then later after their technique/skill is developed, teach teamwork.


freaking awesome


The Chinese national team is still in the bullshitting stage~ The [Chinese] football association is still in the dreaming stage~ [so] even if China had children like this, they wouldn’t have anywhere to go~ Japan says they want to earn a World Cup by 2050, and whether they can or not remains to be seen, but Japan’s football is indeed making progress, sigh~ So tragic~


If he were a Chinese child, he could be the team captain for the Chinese national football team…


This must be the legendary Tsubasa Oozora~~


I don’t see him passing the ball at all, and to be good at football one must first know that football is a 11 person game/sport…
But if its just kids playing around then it doesn’t matter/isn’t a big deal…


Wow fuck, this niubi. 汗


This child’s skills would be top level even in Brazil.


This child is truly a prodigy! Train well and in the future he will definitely be a superstar! Why doesn’t China have anyone like this!?!?!?!?!?!?!

天使也悲哀: (responding to above)

In China, a child this age would be on the path of going to school to learn a lot of knowledge that will never be used in the future…


The Heavenly Kingdom system: Brat, you don’t study and instead spend all your time kicking a ball, if you keep playing I’m going to break your legs…


In China, children are taught from when they are young that studying/education is the most important, otherwise they won’t have anything to eat [can’t make a living] in the future. This kind of thinking has been going on for 5000 years.


This is worth commenting on. His daddy I imagine is a football player, or close to a football player. Japan has retained the Chinese tradition, where the father trains his child from youth to be his successor [take over the father’s profession]. No matter what the profession is, even if it is butchering pigs, making wine/brewing beer, making sushi, every trade has its master, desiring the following generation to become the top of the field, so in terms of technique/skill, they will intensively study, becoming better and better, unlike us, who will change fields/professions the moment we think there’s no money to be made in what our ancestors’ were good at, when in reality good things will always be good no matter after how many years have passed. What doesn’t make money now will make money in the future. We are too short-sighted. Everyone think about it.


I won’t talk about anything else, but seeing a populous island country like Japan still having enough football fields for children to play on, I as someone in the Heavenly Kingdom express a lot of envy!!!


Fake, that’s obviously a robot.


When I think of our national football team, I run out of adjectives. Under the current system, I bet even in a 100 years we won’t be able to beat the little devils [Japanese].


In China, his mother would’ve started yelling long ago, “All day all you know how to do is play football. Can football feed you? [If you continue like this] you won’t get into university, and be useless. Go and do your homework! 搞笑

renzeng008: (responding to above)



Fuck, what is this kid’s name!?


His poor teammates.


In China, your mother would say to you, “Is playing football going to feed you? Only getting into university is of any use.” Child, you’re lucky you weren’t born in China!

A 2nd grader in Japan practices his football ball handling skills in a garden.

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