Honda also coaches the Cambodian national team Photo: AFP/File
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Honda joins Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem

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Former Japan international Keisuke Honda has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a deal until the end of the season, the Dutch club announced on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old last played for Melbourne Victory in Australia but left in June and also currently coaches the Cambodian national team.

In September, he made a plea on Twitter for either Manchester United or AC Milan to sign him, tagging the two clubs in a post saying "give me an offer".

Instead, he will move back to the Netherlands, where he played for VVV-Venlo from 2008-2009.

"It's been a while since I played football in the Netherlands. Hopefully the fans in the Netherlands still remember me," he said in a Vitesse statement. "Anyway, I will do everything to impress on the pitch."

Vitesse, who sit fifth in the Dutch Eredivisie, said that Honda was waiting for a work permit but should join the squad after the international break, during which his Cambodia side visit Hong Kong on Nov 19.

Honda scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for Japan before retiring from international football after the 2018 World Cup, when he became the first Japanese player to score in three different editions of football's showpiece event.

He has also previously played for CSKA Moscow and AC Milan in Europe.

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In September, he made a plea on Twitter for either Manchester United or AC Milan to sign him, tagging the two clubs in a post saying "give me an offer".

Geez... how sad can this guy be?

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Geez... how sad can this guy be?

Honda has never been short on confidence or arrogance, it's why even despite his hatful of fine World Cup goals many Japanese people find him unpleasant. Personally, I quite like the guy, Nippon footie needs a few more big charachters like him.

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Geez... how sad can this guy be?

Good player. He’s had a good career. As ClippetyClop said, he’s a character.

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Nippon footie needs a few more big charachters like him.

No, what Japanese football needs is a few more big characters who can back it up.

People pay attention to Lebron James because he's the best player in the NBA.

People pay attention to Tiger Woods because he's got 82 PGA wins.

People paid attention to Muhammad Ali because he backed up his mouth with his performances.

People pay attention to Serena Williams because she's the GOAT female tennis player.

Meanwhile, people like Kyrgios or Bernie Tomic barely raise a blip and are forgotten a year or two, or only live on in YouTube infamy as laughing stocks.

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No, what Japanese football needs is a few more big characters who can back it up.

Well, I certainly wasn't putting him in the same bracket as those names! Are you implying that sports people who aren't the absolute best aren't worth praise?

He hasn't done badly, scored big goals in three World Cups, played a hundred times for his country, played all over the world. In last years World Cup in Russia I remember him coming on from the bench and having an absolute stormer. He ain't no Cristiano Messi, but he is (was) a good player. Rumour had it that my club Liverpool were close to signing him a decade ago.

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Yes, in some ways he's like Japan's David Beckham.

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nandakandamanda: "Yes, in some ways he's like Japan's David Beckham."

Ummm... only in that they both play(ed) soccer professionally. That's it, and that's all. Beckham could back up any arrogant talk (and he was not nearly as arrogant as Honda is) with years of outstanding performance. Honda cannot.

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Honda is probably Japan’s best ever World Cup performer. He was absolutely superb in 2010 in particular and scored in the 2014 and 2018 tournaments too.

He does good work for the underprivileged as well.

Seems like a decent lad as well as a good player. Best of luck to him. He’s one of the best players to have come out of Asia.

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