Football is more than just a game and it can be difficult to explain why. Over time, we’ve encountered many inspiring stories that demonstrate that nothing is impossible. Kaoru Mitoma is a prime example of this – by following his goals and staying committed, he was able to achieve anything he set his mind to. Mitoma has always had a passion for football, but he made an interesting decision that required a lot of courage. At the age of 18, he turned down professional contract offers from Kawasaki Frontale and instead chose to attend university. This decision proved to be smart and beneficial for him. In fact, Mitoma wrote a successful university dissertation in Tsukuba, Japan, about the art of dribbling.
Only after this did he agree to sign a professional contract. Three years later, he took a major step and joined Brighton’s team for a transfer fee of around 3 million euros. However, he was immediately loaned out to Union in Belgium for a year to adapt to European football before returning to England. Currently, Mitoma is making waves – he has scored six goals and made two assists in 19 games played for Brighton across all tournaments.
Mitoma has always dreamed of playing in one of Europe’s strongest leagues, and his university education has helped him get there. He realized that good players do not look at the ball while dribbling, but rather look forward and make their moves without looking at their feet. Mitoma’s playing style is textbook-like because he knows that if he can shift his opponent’s center of gravity while dribbling, he’s already one step ahead. Mitoma’s rise is evident, and he recently led his Brighton team to victory over Liverpool.