Japan focus

Land of the rising expectations

April 1, 2010
By Matthias Krug
With the World Cup creeping ominously closer, looming now like a football-shaped hot air balloon on the South African horizon, it is time to take a closer look at one of the self-proclaimed favourites for the tournament: Japan.

You might smile wryly at this statement. You might also chuckle wildly. Historically speaking, Asian teams have never really been among the favourites at any World Cup finals. But the fact is that Japan coach Takeshi Okada has named the semi-finals as the lofty ...

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