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Antlers eye double despite lucky charm's death

December 10, 2009
Japan's Kashima Antlers have set their sights on a domestic soccer double despite the death of their "guardian angel" - a furry bat.

The fluttering clubhouse inhabitant, which would often sit above a framed photograph of former Kashima coach Zico, died on Wednesday morning after the team won the J-League on Saturday.

Players and staff discovered the lifeless bat on the floor upon returning from Saitama on Sunday where a 1-0 win gave them a record third successive league title.
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