13-Jun-2018 15:00:22 | The Guardian
Makoto Hasebe’s rise to becoming a stalwart for Japan and in the Bundesliga owes much to the backing of his late grandfather
This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 32 countries who have qualified for Russia. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June.
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