Daichi Kamada 2022 FIFA World Cup Preview

By Jeff Stinger

Japan’s hottest playmaker at the time comes from the Ehime Prefecture and currently hones his skill in the Bundesliga. The Eintracht Frankfurt player will be 26 when he makes his debut in the biggest tournament in the world and he knows it’s an opportunity he should seize. Let’s get started on this 2022 FIFA World Cup Player Spotlight: Daichi Kamada and look at what makes him among the anticipated players on the pitch in November.

2022 FIFA World Cup Player Spotlight: Daichi Kamada

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World Cup dreams to reality

After a testing road to Japan’s men’s international soccer team, it was announced that Kamada was called up to the first squad for the first time in 2019. He made his first appearance for the Samurai Blue in March 2019 in a friendly match against Colombia, as a 79th-minute substitute. A few months after the clash, he scored his first Japan goal in a dominant 6-0 victory over Mongolia seven months after.

A string of consistent performances for both his club and nation put him on head coach Hajime Moriyasu’s radar. In October 2020, he was called up to the squad once again and scored three goals in three games for Japan against South Korea, Mongolia, and Myanmar.

Club and international competence

It’s been a productive 2021-22 season for the attacking midfielder. He made 46 appearances for his club and scored nine goals and dished four assists across three competitions. This season looks more promising for the 26-year-old as he already recorded six goals and four assists in just ten games. His 2022 FIFA World Cup Player Spotlight: Daichi Kamada goes beyond club level. As of this writing, he already recorded five goals and three assists in 19 appearances for Japan, helping his side take on Group E as +1,200 sleepers to win the “Group of Death”.

Passing and coal creation are two of Kamada’s main traits. His impeccable vision and ambidextrous nature can make a difference in finding opportunities. The Eintracht player is good at shooting from difficult situations with high-quality shots and extreme accuracy in play. It makes him dangerous during tight situations and should translate well on the international stage.

A myriad of skills

Kamada turned out a handful of times for Japan’s youth and international squads. Many attribute his playing style to Dortmund hero, Shinji Kagawa. He’s slightly taller than the aforementioned midfielder but hangs in the pocket more. Daichi holds creativity that makes him a must-watch player in Qatar.

Accommodating multiple positions makes Kamada a commendable player. He is excellent at using both feet and possesses impeccable speed that complements his balance and agility. We mostly see him play on the left wing or take over as an attacking midfielder for both his club and Japan. Furthermore, the former Sint-Truiden player thrives well in central areas of the field versus keeping close to the touchline.

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