The Journey Chanathip by Football Tribe Thailand
by Jedsada Chanapinijwong, the deputy editor of Football Tribe Thailand
Let me introduce myself. My name is Jedsada Chanapinijwong - quite long for foreigners but normal in my country, Thailand. You can call me Jed only. I’m working for Football Tribe Thailand as a deputy editor.
For the past one year, one of the biggest topics in Thai football was that we have the first Thai player in J league, one of the best leagues in Asia.
This is a good change for Thai football as well as Football Tribe Thailand. And all of a sudden, I realised that I was standing at Chitose Airport to wait for Chanatip to land in Hokkaido to start his new journey in his career, which was my first time in Thailand as well.
"Thai Messi" received a very warm welcome by Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo fans and media; myself as well, as Davide, our financial manager who is based in Hokkaido, welcomed me for my mission to follow "Jay."
Throughout the mission, we found out what life he had gone through before he found himself at one of the best leagues in Asia.
A billion people fall in love with football with many reasons, but one them must be that football gives us hope that until the final whistle is blown, "impossible is nothing."
So what if football is your one and only hope? The young Chanathip Songkrasin was just like any other child, but football was a dream of his father so every day, after his school finished, Jay had a different activity from his schools.
He was trained by his dad. His dad has not got a coaching license but wanted to make his son become the best football player like his idol, Diego Maradona, the football icon of his generation.
With tears and joy he and his dad, Jay went from zero to a hero of Thai people. He will now have his second season in Japan and have a chance to play against his old teammate, Teerasil Dangda who plays for Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Theerathon Bunmathan who plays for Vissel Kobe.
Indeed, this will be an exciting year for Thai fan and Football Tribe Thailand.
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