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Ritsu Doan Parents Are Japanese Buddhists From Amagasaki

Ritsu Doan of Japan applauds fans as Japan defeats Germany 2-1 in the ongoing World Cup 2022 on November 23, 2022 ( Source : thanhnien )

The Japanese player Ritsu Doan was raised by Buddhist parents in the working-class area of Amagasaki. They are not Vietnamese.

If it weren't for the encouraging gesture of his parents, Risu would've never played this beautiful game.

The Japanese international is only 24 years old but has experienced football in his home-country-Japan, Dutch and Germany. He is currently playing for the Bundesliga team SC Freiburg.

The match between Japan and Germany was one of the highly awaited fixtures in this year's event, and it didn't disappoint. The underdog Japan came on top against the heavily favored German side.

Two late goals by substitutes Ritsu and Takuma turned the game in Japan's favor after Germany took the lead in the first half through Ilkay Gundogan.

Ritsu Doan Parents Are Japanese

Ritsu Doan and his Japanese parents live 5000 miles away from each other. His parents raised three kids.

The winger was raised by his parents in a city historically known to be the residence of the Japanese working class called Amagasaki. At 19, he left his hometown and traveled to Holland to experience European football at F.C. Groningen.

He makes sure to FaceTime his parents every two to three times a week. They were the ones who encouraged him to go outside and play football at a young age.

Ritsu Doan of Japan celebrates with fans as she scores against Germany in the ongoing World Cup Tournament
Ritsu Doan of Japan celebrates with fans as she scores against Germany in the ongoing World Cup Tournament ( Source : gettyimages )

On May 12, 2019, when he scored against Fortuna Sittard, he dedicated his goal to his father, whose birthday falls on the same date. If it weren't for his parents' encouragement to pursue him to play outside, we probably would've never seen Doan in a football jersey.

In his interview with the Bundesliga website in 2020, the 24-year-old revealed his life back home in Japan. At the time, Ritsu was on loan with the German side Arminia Bielefeld.

It was his first stint in Bundesliga, and earlier this season he fully committed his future to the Bundesliga side S.C. Freiburg. The Japanese player revealed that whenever he visits his parents, they enjoy karaoke together, which is a tradition for every Japanese family.

Is Ritsu Doan Vietnamese?

Ritsu Doan is not Vietnamese. The football player was born to Japanese parents in Hyogo Prefecture.

The confusion regarding his nationality started because of his highly unusual and not-so-Japanese last name "Doan". For many years, the Doan surname has been mostly found in people of Vietnamese origin. But this is not the case in the case of Ritsu.

Ritsu Doan arrives in Qatar with his teammates for World Cup 2022
Ritsu Doan arrives in Qatar with his teammates for World Cup 2022 ( Source : instagram )

In his interview with the official Bundegslia page, the winger didn't reveal anything about his possible Vietnamese origin but talked about his country Japan and what his life was like on the island nation.

The winger has 30 caps for Japan and has represented Japan since he was 16. He was promoted to the senior side in 2018 when he was 20.

Ritsu Doan Brother

Ritsu Doan has two brothers, one of them being football player Yu Doan. Ritsu is the youngest of three siblings. 

In his interview, Ritsu revealed it was because of his elder siblings that he was inspired to play football. Ritsu and Yu followed in their eldest brother's footsteps as they decided to join a football team in their primary school. 

Ritsu Doan makes it one all against Germany as he scores after being substituted in the second half in the ongoing World Cup tournament
Ritsu Doan makes it one all against Germany as he scores after being substituted in the second half in the ongoing World Cup tournament ( Source : gettyimages )

Today Ritsu is a star player on the Japanese team, having featured alongside several other international stars, including Bukayo Saka, in ad campaigns to raise public awareness.

Yu, who is three years older than Ritsu, currently plays for the Japanese team based in Tokyo prefecture named Ococias Kyoto AC. He previously played for Nagana Parceiro, where he made 37 appearances and scored six goals. 

But unlike their younger brother, Yu and their elder brother were not able to create a huge impact in Japanese or International football.