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Manabu Saito and Takuya Kida

体にフィットして座り心地が良いし、何よりもデザインがカッコイイ!
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the NISSAN stadium, an original players bench made with automobile seats for the great NISSAN GT-R by TACHI-S was introduced. 

We interviewed Manabu Saito and Takuya Kida, the midfielders of Yokohama F・Marinos (as of the end of J-LEAGUE 2nd STAGE 2015) about the usability of the players bench.

Could you tell us what brought you to Yokohama F・Marinos?

Manabu Saito:  I started playing soccer because my older brother was playing it. I always wanted to be as good as him. When he entered Kawasaki Frontale, I thought "If my brother goes to the Frontale, I want to play in the Yokohama F・Marinos". That's how I started practicing in the Yokohama F・Marinos Youth Organization. Since then I've been playing for no other team but the Yokohama F・Marinos. It brought me to where I am now.  

Takuya Kida: I started playing soccer when I was in 1st grade, also influenced by my older brother. My mother gave me information about the kids school run by the Yokohama F・Marinos then. I passed the selection to the primary course when I went to 3rd grade. Since then I've been promoted to Junior (junior high school) ,  to Youth  (senior high school) and to the Top. 

 
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Saito playing soccer

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Kida playing soccer

 
What was your first impression of the TACHI-S players bench?

Manabu Saito: When I was promoted to the Top team, the players bench was completely changed to the new one. I remember that I was so impressed by how stylish the bench looked. The impression of the current blue GT-R bench is so strong that I can hardly remember what the previous one looked like any more. 

How is the comfort?

Takuya Kida: It's great. It's got extra room and the back goes high up which I really like. I guess it is because it's meant for an actual vehicle. It really fits my body and gives me a sense that I can sit up straight comfortably. It's not too soft nor too hard. It's perfect. 

Manabu Saito: It's really comfortable. Some of the players benches at other stadiums are too hard and some are too narrow. Sometimes that makes me a little annoyed. However, I never experienced anything wrong about the players bench at the NISSAN Stadium. The height is perfect, and most of all, it looks so stylish. I really think the blue color stands out well. Because I sat down on this when I played for the national team, I became especially attached to this. I also like about the part that it is an arranged GT-R seat, because I like cars.

Please tell us about your enthusiasm about the next season.

Takuya Kida: I feel strongly that it is our turn to win a title. It will also be a year of the Olympics. If I keep doing my best in my team, it will be recognized and led to being selected to play on the national team. I just want to keep doing my best for my team. 

 
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  • Manabu Saito
  • Born April 4, 1990 in Kanagawa Pref.
    Horoscopes: Aries, Blood type A, 169cm 68kg

    Last year he left a strong impact to the fans of ACL (The Asian Football Confederation Championships League) by making an artistic middle shot on goal against Jeonbuk, and also by making a bullet-like shot against Guangzhou, which led to him being selected as a member of Japan National Team. He made it to the World Cup in Brazil but did not have a chance to play on the pitch. The genius dribbler swears that he will bounce back from the setback and make the next leap out of the disappointment.
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  • Takuya Kida
  • Born August 23, 1994 in Kanagawa Pref.

    Horoscopes: Virgo, Blood type B, 169cm 63kg

    A defensive midfielder whose selling point is a tight man-to-man defense.  He is small in stature but extremely good at offensive/defensive play against the opponents. Last season he made a debut in J.League match (JAPAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE) after making the great progress in his offensive skills, which was a big step forward in his career.  

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