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The Japanese FA is set to hold its annual awards on Friday and we’ve put together a list of the best of the weekend, which can be seen in the video above.
The biggest surprise of the day?
The best in-form midfielder of the season in Tadanobaba’s Higashi is back in the top 10.
The 24-year-old is the highest scorer for the national side, with eight goals and three assists, and also holds the club record for goals scored in a season.
It’s been a remarkable season, especially in terms of the number of goals.
He has scored 10, including a brace in Japan’s 3-0 victory over China in the Confederations Cup.
It’s a great season, and it’s been remarkable.
Tadanobara is also the best performer for his club, which sits eighth in the table.
He’s also the most prolific scorer of the three players we have ranked.
He also scored five goals in a 2-1 victory over South Korea.
The best in the World Cup was on the other side of the planet.
There were six players on the list, but that was thanks to two goals and two assists from a pair of Japanese players.
And it wasn’t even the most impressive of performances.
The list of top 10 performers is:Higashi, Japan’s Tadanoraba, 20 goals, 5 assistsMoriaki, Japan U23s, 12 goals, 2 assistsAbe, Japan, 10 goals, 1 assistKamui, Japan-based defender, 12 caps, 3 assistsRyohei Suzuki, Japan striker, 10 caps, 2 goalsTakuya Yamamoto, Japan international, 10 matches, 2 assistMatsuo Takano, Japan goalkeeper, 10 games, 2 goalSaku, Japan forward, 10 appearances, 1 goalYuki Okubo, Japan defender, 10 internationals, 1 shotTetsuya Hidaka, Japan midfielder, 10 national team caps, 1 strikeShintaro Sakata, Japan keeper, 10 league games, 1 chance to scoreTatsuya Takahashi, Italy striker, 8 goals, 3 goalsTomohiro Ishikawa, Japan winger, 8 appearances, 3 shotsChiharu Hata, Finland forward, 7 matches, 1 goalsShirai Sato, Japan center-back, 7 appearances, 0 goalsHiroshi Matsumoto, Japan left-back of the future, 7 internationalsKazuya Oka, Japan right-back for the futureNaruaki Yamamoto and Toshio Yamada, Japanese left-backs for the World CupsMatsumoto is the most expensive Japanese player of the campaign and he is still only 22.
His salary for next season will be ¥2.6 million, which would make him the most costly Japanese player to ever play for Japan. He was a £14.6m signing from Kashiwa Reysol, but has yet to score for the Red Devils.
Oka, who was signed by Tengen, is a free agent after this season.
He is still under contract with the Tokyo Marinos, but he has not scored for the club.
It would be a shock if he was sold, but it could happen.
Owa is the best left-sided defender of the bunch.
He plays at right back and was a key part of Japan’s World Cup run.
He may not be in the squad for Friday’s awards but he would certainly make a great signing.
Kazuhisa Kawasaki, Japan centre-back who scored two goals in the last game of the 2015 World Cup, is also in the list of best.
He scored three in a 1-1 draw with South Korea, which Japan won 2-0.
Kawasaki scored three goals in three games against South Korea in March and his pace and passing ability could make him an effective player.
The other surprise of Friday was the World Player of the Year, which was decided by the voting of the players’ association.
It was the second time in a year that a player won the honour and it was won by former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gareth Bale.
The award is not a World Cup trophy but it does earn the right to be voted on.
It is not the only award the association receives but it is a great honour.
The most shocking was the winner of the most coveted award, which is not necessarily the most lucrative.
That honour goes to a player who scores the most goals in Japan.
It goes to another player who has scored at least five goals for his national team.
It might be a surprise that the second most valuable award in Japan is also awarded to a forward.
It goes to the best forward in the Japanese league.
It may be surprising to see that it is none other than Tadano Higashi.
The 21-year old has scored 20 goals in 17