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Farewell Shinji



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Reflections On The Player Who Introduced Me To Borussia Dortmund Farewell Shinji.
It?s likely I?ll never again see you don the black and yellow kit in a competitive match, the kit that you, more than anyone else, helped me grow so attached to over the last decade.
It?s never fun to see a player you?ve seen perform so exquisitely on the big stages and a player you?ve grown so fond of over the years slowly succumb to the doldrums of age, injuries, and minutes played that have claimed every player preceding them. It?s inevitable, but it doesn?t make accepting it easier, particularly when said player is one of the main reasons you fell in love with the sport to begin with.
It goes back to my final semester of undergrad in Illinois. I was wrapping up my studies when one of my grad student friends from Japan invited me over to his apartment to watch Japan?s opening match of the World Cup in South Africa. I wasn?t particularly interested in watching the match, but I figured it might be one of my last chances to hang out with my friend before I graduated, so I went. I ended up becoming far more invested in the match than I anticipated. When Japan ended up progressing to the knockout stage that year, I went back to my friend?s apartment for each of Japan?s next 3 matches in the tournament.
He and his friends were, and still are, big time supporters of the Samurai Blue, and most of my base interest soccer comes from those initi...
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