JAPAN NEED MOMENTUM

Japan will be looking to gather momentum in the New Year according to the manager Alberto Zaccheroni. He has said that the year 2013 will be extremely decisive for the team in the hopes of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

A lot has also been expected of Japan in recent times, while many suggesting that they could become the next major force in the world. However, the team first needs to qualify for the World Cup according to the manager. He has said that due to the fact that there is not a lot of time in 2014, the team should make use of this year to reach its peak.

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JAPAN HAPPY WITH DRAW

The Japanese national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has said that he is extremely delighted to be paired along with Italy in the group stages of the Confederations cup that will take place in the summer.

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JAPAN MISS KAGAWA

The Japanese national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has said that he has no issues with the absence of the Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa for the upcoming qualifying match against Oman.

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KAGAWA PULLS OUT

The Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa has said that he has pulled out of the World Cup qualification matches against Iraq due to a back injury, but it is not a serious injury that will keep him on the sidelines for much longer.

The Manchester United midfielder has become one of the important players within the team. He has had a good partnership with the new striker Robin van Persie. Hence, there have been fears that Manchester United will miss him for the next couple of matches after he pulled out just a few hours prior to the match against Iraq.

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JAPAN TAKE ON VENEZUELA

Japan were taking on Venezuela in a friendly match. However, they could only muster a draw in this match partly because of the high temperatures. Japan were coming into the match against Venezuela as the clear favourites to win due to their recent form.

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KAGAWA WILL SHINE

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni has said that he is extremely confident that Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa will be a major signing for Manchester United, according to Man Utd news.

The English club recently secured the signature of the 23-year-old Japanese midfielder, who has been playing for German club Borussia Dortmund. After missing out on the signing of highly rated Eden Hazard, Manchester United turned their attention towards the Japanese midfielder.

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IN LINE WITH EUROPE

The Japanese Football Association has said that the J-League should be transformed in such a way that it will be in line with the European calendar.

The J-League is the top flight of Japanese football, but it follows its own calendar. This, according to the Japanese football Association, has been causing a lot of problems for the national team and also for the players.

Hence, they have asked the J-League to consider switching to the European calendar. It has been suggested that the way to make this change possible would be to extend the 2013 season to 18 months.

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J LEAGUE NETS NEW PARTNER

The J.League is set to become partners with World Sport Group for many more years now after it was revealed that the top professional football division in Japan had reached an agreement with the major marketing group in Asia towards a new contract.

World Sport Group started working alongside the J.League back in 2002 and is responsible for increasing the profile of the J.League around the world.

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MIYACHI TIPPED FOR CALL UP

Teenage Arsenal striker Ryo Miyachi is set to get his first call up to the Japan National Football Team, according to sources in Japan and Bolton.

If he does get the call up to the national side, it will be the first time that Miyachi will be called into the national team which plays Uzbekistan in a World Cup Qualifier later in this month.

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Japan Fans Needed

We're on the lookout for some keen bloggers who are Japan fans.

Hopefully you'll be following every twist and turn of the Japanese World Cup campaign, and can provide an insight for all the other fans!

If you are interested, please send us a sample of your work to worldcupfootballfans at googlemail.com

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