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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Japan can reach World Cup semis

Japan can reach World Cup semis

Coach Zico believes that Japan can upset the odds and reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The Japanese have improved as a team since they reached the last 16 of the competition in 2002 but to be honest I think they have a big job on their hands negotiating their way out of the first round with the likes of Brazil, Australia and Croatia for company.

Their defensive and offensive units will have to improve drastically under Coach Zico in the next 90 days before the World Cup kicks off to stand any chance of upsetting the odds.

I must say though that the Japansese have added an element of aggression to their game and the midfield unit of Ono, Inamoto and Nakata will again have the freedom to express themselves so who knows what will happen.

However reaching the semi-finals of this years competition may be a dream too far.