He’s just experienced his first Australian Christmas & new recruit Riku Danzaki is shaping as one of the A-League’s most exciting young prospects this season.
The 20-year-old joined the club on loan from J1 League outfit Consadole Sapporo last month and is in contention to make his A-League debut on Tuesday night at Dolphin Stadium.
We caught up with the young Japanese talent to see how he’s settling in to life in Brisbabne.
Age: 20 years old
Previous clubs: Consadole Sapporo (J1 League)
How are you adapting to life in Australia?
I am happy and everything is going great. Coming from a different country means different weather and different temperatures, but I’m very happy with my time at Brisbane Roar and in Australia so far.
How are you finding the language barrier?
English is very difficult for me, but I will be working hard on my English so I can speak with my teammates more easily.
Are you excited to be playing alongside another Japanese player, Masato Kudo, this season?
I’m so excited. Kudo is a striker so I’m hoping it’s a good combination between us and I’m really happy to be playing with him this season.
Have you noticed any differences between Australian and Japanese football?
In Australia, it’s more physical and fitness and agility is very important because the intensity is much higher. Both countries have their good points – For Japan, the speed and passing is great and Australia is a lot more physical – I like that.
Have you tried any Australian food?
Not yet but I really want to try it. I have heard Australian food is great so I’m looking forward to trying it.
How excited are you for this upcoming A-League season?
I’m so excited because this is my first season playing in a different country. I’m looking forward to playing football with Brisbane Roar and making new friends.