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FIFA World Cup update: The quarter-final is Japan’s minimum target

FIFA World Cup update: The quarter-final is Japan’s minimum target

At the last World Cup in South Africa, Japan reached the last 16. In this year’s tournament in Brazil, the Samurai Blue are aiming a rank much higher than that. This was according to Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini, who was pleased with the very warm reception of the spectators in his side’s match against Cyprus for a warm-up display at Tokyo’s Olympic gymnasium.


“There are no easy games at the World Cup,” Daini stated. “But the very minimum requirement would be for us to do better than we did at the last World Cup (in South Africa).”


Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda are touted to be the strongest key players to bring Japan to their highest placement in years. Defender Maya Yoshida, meanwhile, expressed optimistically of his ambition of making it big in the World Cup scene. “It’s always been my dream to win [a game in] the World Cup.”


Before their match against Cyprus started, Japan team and all otherparticipants of the event were brought to tears following an emotional speech from an elementary student who was hit by the nuclear crises that took place just a year after the last World Cup. The football association’s J-Village facility, Japan’s former playground for exhibition and warm-up matches, was converted into a base for troops and Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers at the time when they were striving to control a meltdown at the crippled nuclear power plant.

Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni has already come up with his full-strength 23-man slate just recently and has insisted that Japan need fear nobody at the World Cup even if their named was attached to a seemingly ‘Group of Death.’


Japan were seeded in Group C for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, a cluster also belonging to equally strong teams Ivory Coast, Greece, and Colombia. The Samurai Blue will have their African rivals as their first fixture in the curtain raiser. They hope to reach a much higher finish than four years ago when they were knocked out on penalties by Paraguay.


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Featured Image: Japan | Source: FIFA

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