Atsushi Shimono: Mr Clean

Atsushi Shimono: Mr Clean
Japanese footballer Atsushi Shimono plays for Woodlands Wellington in the 2013 season of the S-League.

Continuing with our ongoing series on S-League players to watch, Atsushi Shimono from Woodlands Wellington reveals his penchant for staying clean.

1. I knew I wanted to be a footballer when...

I learnt to kick a football at five years old. I played for my primary school and secondary school.

I was spotted by a talent scout when I was 20 in 2009 and decided to turn professional.

I was given a contract to play for Albirex Niigata Football Club (Singapore). Football is more than a game to me.

It is my life and I learn a lot from it. It teaches me discipline and makes me more focused.

2. A turning point in my life was...

When I was scouted and given a contract to come to Singapore.

That was my first big break in football.

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