Shinzo Koroki is a coach’s dream. He can play in several positions, runs his socks off, is very consistent and highly talented.
Koroki started out at Kashima Antlers and, since 2007, has become a mainstay of their team. Able to play up front, out wide or as an attacking midfielder, he weighed in with 26 goals in 65 games as Oswaldo de Oliveira’s team won three straight J.League titles from 2007.
“Normally I would not try to shoot from long range,” he said. “My battle zone is inside of the penalty box. There, I will try to net whatever happens, wherever I am.”
He is aided by rgeat self-confidence, as well as his physical strength. ”If I was not a striker, then I would like to play as a centre-back. I think I could be like Fabio Cannavaro if I played there.”
The pacy player made his Japan debut against United Arab Emirates in 2008, and turned out three times in South Africa 2010 qualifying.