About himSantos: Tabata Eager To Play For Japan
Just before the regular press conference given by a selection of Santos players every Friday, new midfielder Rodrigo Tabata (ex-Goiás) spend some conspicuous time lost in conversation with a rare sight at Santos: a reporter who’d come all the way from Japan to interview the player.
The player was recently praised by current Japan boss Zico, and, quite naturally for any footballer, is bowled over by the prospect that he could suddenly be playing at a World Cup finals – in the blue of Japan rather than the Brazilian Canarinha.
For that to happen, Rodrigo Tabata, descendent of Japanese immigrants, will have to put his Japanese nationalisation on the fast track, a step made easier by the fact that his surviving grandparents were the migrants – and are in possession of all the necessary documentation.
“It’s logical that if there’s a chance of things going through smoothly I’m raring to go. I found out about Zico’s kind words and I strongly feel that a professional football player should never rule out the possibility of playing a World Cup finals” he explained, reining in the emotions.
Tabata is well aware that any chance in the seleção is microscopic – even in future. “My original aim was to prove myself a good candidate for the seleção, but the problem is that Brazil is always churning out new stars” added the player that Santos fans have nicknamed ‘The Samurai’.
Bonizzoni said:Tabata plays at Santos and he's a play-maker,a very good player.He's half-japanese and Zico talked good about him,so he talked he would try to became japanese and join Japan NT.
Well,he seems some type of "Japanese Aílton version",since he would try it only to join Japan NT and play Would Cup
Bonizzoni said:Hm,I don't know.He's at same level as good players like Ricardinho (Brazil NT player,sub) and maybe even Alex (Fenerbahçe,Turkey).He could make a fantastic duo with Nakamura...