Interview Daniel Matsuzaka

DANIEL MATSUZAKA

Personal Details

Club:
Sutton United FC
Full Name:
Daniel Lewis Matsuzaka
Nationality:
English
Japanese
Date of Birth:
13-08-1997
Place of birth:
Barnet
Position:
Defender
Shirt number:
25

Career

2014-2018
Southend United FC
2014-2015 (on loan)
Harlow Town FC
2018
Kataller Toyama
2019
Braintree Town FC
2019-
Sutton United FC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

Born and raised in Finchley, North Londen. Currently playing for Sutton United, plant based footballer.

Who are the most important people within football environment?

Inside the football club it’s your team mates.

Matsuzaka you joined Southend United as a youth and played for the club in the FA Youth Cup. How did you experienced the youth competencies?

Educational, learning different styles of football and coming up against all sorts of opponents were all beneficial. The extra buzz you got for the FA youth cup was a unique feeling. At that age you feel that is the most important competition and for me especially I was able to learn how cruel football can be. Losing 4-3 to Middlesbrough after being 3-2 up with 2 minutes to go. This has made me a stronger person today.  

After the youth, you were loaned out by Southend United FC to Harlow Town FC. How did you experience these periods?

This give me a real taste of men’s football and prepared me early doors to be ready to for the men’s game. These were really enjoyable memories as we just missed out on promotion.

On 1 August 2018, you signed for J3 League side Kataller Toyama. Unfortunately it was announced that your contract at Kataller would not be renewed and you leave the club without making an appearance. How did you experience these four months in Japan?

One of the best things I ever did. During that period I had an injury for about a month wich put me behind the pecking order. Mentally I was challanged in a way were I wasn’t able to see family and friends to seek advice and had to get on with it. Living in the country side of Japan and living another culture was also very challenging for me. This helped me figure out exactly what I need to do achieve the things I want to in this game.

Did you see much difference between football in Japan and England?

Yes massive difference. From my point of view it was a lot more of a passing game, tactical game and pressing game in Japan. In England the physicality of the game is a lot higher.

You have also played football for the national team of Japan U 18/19. What was it like to join the national football team of Japan U 18/19?

It was a fantastic experience. It was again a lot of a passing game. To play with some players that are not at top clubs in Europe gives me the motivation to get there as well.

At which club do you have learned the most ?

Katallar Toyama. I was mentally challenged like never before and made me come out with a new belief about me as a footballer. Tactically and technically it also gave me a better understanding of what it may be like a top football club.

What are your personal goals this season?

To help Sutton get promoted and get a move to a bigger club. I want to play for the japan national team and to do that I need to be playing at a higher level. In helping Sutton  get promoted it’s the best way to get recognition.

What’s your ultimate dream?

To play for Japan and Real Madrid.



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