2014 World Cup Previews, Group C: Japan

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 World Cup Previews, Group C: Japan
Team: Japan
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Ivory Coast; June 19 vs. Greece ; June 24 vs. Colombia
World Cup Record: 4-7-3 (Round of 16, 2002/2010)

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Italy v Japan: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013

Team: Japan
Group: C
Schedule: June 14 vs. Ivory Coast; June 19 vs. Greece ; June 24 vs. Colombia
World Cup Record: 4-7-3 (Round of 16, 2002/2010)
Qualifying Form: Japan was the first team to qualify after host Brazil.

Manager: Alberto Zaccheroni, a 61-year-old Italian appointed after the 2010 World Cup.

Player to Watch: Shinji Kagawa. The Manchester United midfielder (yes he’s still at Manchester United) didn’t feature much under David Moyes and failed to score in Premier League play. Perhaps that’s a bonus since he should be fresher come the start of the tournament. Most teams in Brazil wouldn’t mind to have Kagawa and Keisuke Honda as straight-up creative attacking midfielders in the same lineup.

Tactics/Style: Japan will be another classic 4-2-3-1 type teams. Inter-based Yuto Nagatomo and Schalke-based Atsuto Uchida provide width from the back, although both have been hit-or-miss in the Champions League. Veteran 30-somethings Yasuhito Endo and…

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