• Kyodo


Inspired by Japan’s sensational run to the final of the Women’s World Cup, highly rated teenage striker Takashi Usami on Thursday left Japan to join Bayern Munich on loan hoping to make a similar impact in Germany.

“Seeing (Japan’s women) getting to the top at an international tournament makes me feel like I want to try even harder,” said Usami, who scored in his final game for Gamba Osaka on Wednesday.

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