Japanese midfielder Genki Haraguchi has only been with VfB Stuttgart for six weeks, but he has already made an impact with two assists in six league games. In an interview with BILD, Haraguchi spoke about his experiences with the team and life in Germany.
When asked about his favorite German dishes, Haraguchi revealed that he prefers asparagus over spaetzle and ravioli. He also mentioned that he enjoys the company of Japanese teammates Wataru Endo and Hiroki Ito, who have helped him settle in at VfB.
Haraguchi explained that the decision to join VfB came after he was not nominated for the Japanese World Cup team. He saw it as an opportunity for a new challenge and was attracted to the club’s reputation.
The midfielder also discussed the increasing number of Japanese players in the Bundesliga, saying that Germans and Japanese have a similar character and are both very disciplined. He noted that football in Japan is slower but technically good, and that the transition to German football went well for him.
Haraguchi’s experience living in Germany has been positive, and he says that Germany has become his second home. He enjoys the culture and nature, and spending time with his two Labradors.
At 31, Haraguchi is the oldest player on the VfB team, and he sees himself as a leader who can talk to both the players and the coach. He acknowledges the pressure that the team is under in the relegation battle, but says that staying positive and consistent is key.
Haraguchi’s personal goals include playing in the Champions League one day, but for now, his focus is on helping VfB stay in the Bundesliga.