Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi chosen for soccer World Cup 2010
With the recent announcement of Japan’s Soccer line up for the World Cup in South Africa this year, the cows at Humor-Us are wholly in favor of national team manager Takeshi Okada’s choice to provide a spot for former veteran player and star goalkeeper of the 1998 World Cup, Cowaguchi (aka: Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi).
Despite having broken his leg last September, and his subsequent absence from soccer, Okada realizes the value of having the wise old cow on hand to provide inspiration and moral support for the younger, less-experienced team members. At 34 years old, Cowaguchi-san ‘s experience should inspire others to take charge: Ole, ole!
This is not to say he would go as far as to “head butt” any of his opponents as Zinedine Zidane did to Italian Marco Materazzi in the 110th minute of the World Cup final in 2006. No, we suspect Cowaguchi will not succumb to his bovine roots in quite the same way. Rather we expect that he will rely on his Japanese bovine roots, where the cow is seen as patient, mentally alert and having a gift for inspiring confidence in others.
We also expect that Cowaguchi will be successful in inspiring his younger teammate Moorimoto (aka Takayuki Morimoto).