But now he appreciates feeling close interaction with the fans in Sendai, just like he did in Greece.
"For me, Japanese fans are the best," Simao said with sincerity. "It's for real. They keep singing throughout the matches to support the players and to give us power. Japanese fans have energy, love, and respect. We, the players, can feel that strongly on the pitch and that makes us give everything."
（To be continued）