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Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani said Tuesday that his principle reason for leaving Japan to play for Swiss club FC Basel was to get a taste of winning.

“Since I was a boy, I’ve dreamed of playing in the European Champions League,” Kakitani told a press conference. “But that is not my reason (for coming here). Because I never once experienced winning a title with Cerezo Osaka, I wondered what a team that has won five straight titles is like.”

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