Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Japan's homogeneous World Cup squad

Apart from the keepers (in their dotage), the Japan squad for the upcoming World Cup is incredibly homogeneous in age. No Theo Walcotts in Zico's party. The only rabbit pulled from the Brazilian's hat was Maki, and at 25, Maki is no teenager. Of the twenty outfield players, seventeen are between the ages of 26 and 29. The misfits are San Frecce's 24-year-old Komano, JEF Utd's Maki , and Jubilo Iwata's Tanaka who is a venerable 30.

Where are all the up-and-coming youngsters? And the has-beens for that matter?

The sickest parrot of them all must be the misfiring Kubo, and San Frecce's Sato can count himself unlucky, too.

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