2020.07.20

The little giant Chanathip tries hard in Japan for a big goal.

  • text by Yoichi Igawa
  • photo by Matsuoka Kenzaburo

Chanathip interviewPart 2 >>■Part 1

Chanathip playing for J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo“Sapporo is a wonderful place to live. It’s a big city but the air is very clean. I sometimes go out on my days off, taking pictures of the streets and relaxing at nice cafes. I like the local foods as well, my favourite is Jingisukan.”

Chanathip is fond of living in Sapporo, where his club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo is based. Since his move in July 2017, he has been used to “the good life” out there as well as the standard of the J-League. The Thailand superstar likes to live a “normal life”, not that of a celebrity.

“In Japan, the life is very comfortable,” he said with obvious satisfaction. “But in my daily life, everything follows the same cycle - training, meal, training, meal, sleeping, and matches. I repeat this so there are not many differences from day to day during the regular season.

“Sometimes on days off I’ll go shopping, take a walk around the city, or drink a café latte. I only go traveling during long vacations. ‘Chana’ is a late riser and seldom goes out with friends.”

The diminutive attacker, who refers to himself as “Chana” from time to time, doesn’t experience any stress with life in Japan. However, he does feel restricted at times.