Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi is the heart-throb figure of the Japan squad, attracting admirers for his talent as well as an army of female followers with his handsome looks. Kawaguchi enjoys immense popularity in Japan, but it is his goalkeeping prowess which has made the 29-year-old the star he is today.
And with that fantastic save of Darijo Srna’s penalty shot and Niko Kranjcar’s attempt at goal, he is now right (well, almost right) up there with Oliver Kahn in my list of football players to idolize.
Why this fascination on goalies when everyone else idolizes the strikers and the forwards? I suppose its because when everyone else has done his best and the ball is still on its way to the goal, the guy who settles it all is the goalkeeper. It’s the goalies I remember. David Seaman, Fabien Barthez, Oliver Kahn, Dida, and now — Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi.