Saturday, July 23, 2005

Japan Announces Fall Friendlies

Japan Announces Fall Friendlies.
The Japan Football Federation announced on July 22 that Japan would face Honduras and a "top European nation" at home this fall. Honduras, which is currently ranked 39th in the world, will play Japan on September 7th at Miyagi Stadium, in Sendai; the second match, against an as yet undisclosed opponent, will be held at the National Stadium in Tokyo on November 16th. The latter match will be Japan's final friendly of 2005. At that point, eyes will turn towards the World Cup draw in Germany.

Coach Zico said that he is taking both matches very seriously, and that he will call up his Europe-based players to take part. Japan has struggled against Latin sides, and the Honduras match will be a good tune-up in the run-up to next summer's World Cup.

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