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From Suwon and Paraíba to Manchester and Porto, via J2

13 Apr 2009(Mon)

It is somewhat ironic that what originally had been widely considered to be the least interesting of this year’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final ties is now the most delicately poised. FC Porto’s priceless away goals in their deserved 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last week made a mockery of any suggestions that Manchester United would have an easy passage through, and have given Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a real mountain to climb if they are to keep their Quintuple hopes alive and set up a meeting with Arsenal or Villarreal in the last four.

 

From a Japanese perspective, however, this meeting was always a fascinating one, pitting on opposite sides arguably the two most famous ‘foreigners’ to have learned their trade in the J. League before going on to make a name for themselves in Europe. Plenty have made the journey in the opposite direction, but few players have managed to use Japanese football as a springboard to global stardom as successfully as Park Ji-Sung, who was plucked out of Myongji University in his native South Korea as a teenager to spend three seasons with Kyoto Purple Sanga. Park would later develop further under his former national team coach Guus Hiddink at PSV Eindhoven, before a move to United that has seen him decorated with honours on both the domestic and the European stage. At the moment, however, not even he can hold a candle in the battle for column inches to the latest new kid on the block to have emerged from these parts.

 

The comic book-inspired nickname ‘Hulk’ makes the bandwagon currently following Givanildo Vieira de Souza an easy one on which to jump. Few European commentators and headline writers can resist referring to anything he does as ‘incredible’, even while little else that has been said about him offers anything to mask the impression that the journalists have been caught just as unawares by the Brazilian’s emergence as have opposing defences. In an otherwise highly interesting article in yesterday’s Observer, Amy Lawrence became the latest to mistakenly suggest that it was the fans of Tokyo Verdy, and not his mother, who originally conceived this nickname – for those of us around when he moved to the Japanese capital, it was merely a delicious coincidence that a well-built attacker named Hulk was going to be appearing in green for the foreseeable future.

 

Nevertheless, Hulk’s time in Japan was often an enigmatic one. Having arrived at Kawasaki Frontale as an 18-year-old from Vitória in the Brazilian second division, he burst onto the scene with two goals in two games as I covered the Emperor’s Cup back in 2005. Already with a full quota of foreigners, Frontale then sent him out on loan to play the following two seasons in J2, and it was here that he first began to really thrive, scoring 26 goals in 41 games for Consadole Sapporo in 2006 before helping Verdy to promotion with 37 goals in 42 games the following year. However, even when he returned to Kawasaki at the start of 2008, he was still not on everyone’s radar – when Hulk’s face appeared on screen during an evening of drinks amongst associates of Six, a commentator with the state broadcaster NHK had to ask me who he was – and his brief career back in J1 was certainly a turbulent one. Unhappy at his role within Takashi Sekizuka’s team, he left Frontale just two games into the season to return to Tokyo, but despite scoring seven times in 11 top flight games, he was on the move once more a mere four months later. By this point, Hulk had lost confidence in the Verdy management and in Japanese referees – even if he did insist that he still loved both club and country – but his former side were left non-plussed when the player was pictured at the Estádio do Dragão in an FC Porto shirt before the transfer had been announced or even finalised.

 

To fans in Sapporo, where Hulk managed to pick up 15 yellow and three red cards in a single season, his apparently volatile nature will be little surprise, but – supposing he stays – perhaps a change of culture in the Portuguese league will help the Brazilian reach a greater level of mental and technical maturity. His play, while powerful and explosive, can lack the intellect needed to channel these strengths at the right times for the good of the team, but both Ferguson and Abel Resino of Atletico Madrid speak from personal experience when they point to the striker’s potential. Verdy supporters may point to his sudden departure as the major cause of the team’s relegation last year, and it is certainly tragic that Hulk’s time in J1 was so limited, but should he develop into anything like the player that Park Ji-Sung has become, you feel that he would always be welcomed back to Japan with open arms.

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Hi,

was reading your article in a search for more on Hulk's background. Although I can imagine he was already a very mobile player in Japan, can you tell me in which position he played as a forward in Japan? Center, Right, Left, behind another striker?
Appreciate any insight!

Regards,

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