Celtic star Ange Postecoglou asked yesterday about the comparison between Japanese and Scottish football, in terms of culture, match reporting and football level in both leagues. And we wanted to know if the Celtic manager could see a Scottish Premiership player move to a club in Japan and be successful in the J-League.
Angel’s response to our question – which starts at around 30 minutes, 52 seconds on the video of the entire Celtic Fan Media conference yesterday afternoon – is superb. He talks about different cultures and mentions the fact that he was not invited to people like he was here and on the match report, feels it is more respectful in Japan and he gives special mention to ex-players who are now Scottish game experts, but it’s clearly something that Angel actually enjoys.
Here is Angel’s answer to The Celtic Star’s question …
“A few similarities, a lot of differences, a lot of cultural differences, just different countries. I lived there with my family for almost four years and we loved our time in Japan. It’s a different kind of culture, a different environment – people are very, very respectful and kissed us in Japan but different from here, I wasn’t invited to people in Japan when I met them but they were equally welcoming in different ways.
“In terms of football, I enjoyed my experience in Japan. The technical level of the game is excellent, the crowds are large. We were on average 35 to 40,000 before Covid in Yokohama. They get down to it, they sing. their songs. Again, it’s different because in comparison, their football clubs are maybe 30 years old, they don’t have the history, they don’t have the culture, they don’t. Don’t have the stories we’re talking about here, so there’s a different feeling, but it’s just as passionate.
“The level of football is very good, they have a certain quality of both Japanese and foreigners who keep the level high, it’s a bigger league, obviously there are 20 teams this year but it’s a league at 18 teams generally and very, very competitive for the most part.
“Yes I could definitely see Scottish players – but they should be the best Scottish players to go out there and make an impact – because the overall level of Japanese players is very high, so when they matter they expect to be of the highest quality possible. It’s not an easy league for foreigners, to be fair. Other than that, I enjoyed my time.
“In the case of the way this is reported – there are a lot more experts here, let me tell you. Lots of experts who are former club players so it’s very different from how it’s reported in Japan and I guess for me it’s entertaining right now because it’s a bit new for me after the four years with the relatively reserved media back in Japan to what we get here. But that’s all part of the fun and I enjoy it.
“As an experience for me it is invaluable, this is what I love about football, I love that you can go to a different country and a different culture and they still love football as much as n “It doesn’t matter who else, as much as the people here. I love this thread of passion for this game around the world.
We’ll be covering some of Angel’s other answers to Celtic Fan Media questions throughout the day. As mentioned above, The Celtic Star question begins about 30 minutes 52 seconds into this brilliant fan press conference…
Going forward, two Celtic Fan Media representatives – selected in turn – will be invited to join the mainstream media (all of whom were excluded yesterday) at the regular pre and post-match press conferences. ask questions that are perhaps more relevant and relevant about how the support would like rather than what we had to endure (and Angel had to endure) before.
It was not easy to get there, but it is a major step forward and if you listen to this video from yesterday you will surely accept that it is a step in the right direction for Celtic who are directly interacting with the supporters?