Japan national football team
Australian Socceroos football coach Holger Osieck speaks at a press conference after announcing the team for next month's three decisive Asian World Cup qualifiers against Japan, Jordan and Iraq, in Sydney on May 23, 2013. Experienced defenders, skipper Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenovski, were named in a 26-man squad by coach Holger Osieck as Australia bid for a top two place in Group B and automatic qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
It is a monument erected in the heart of the city and blending in harmoniously with the other buildings that make up the open-air museum that is Brasilia. We will be here again next month for the match between Brazil and Japan, which will open the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.
I am very excited to see the four players [Noguchi, Shinada, Murakami and Sato] play together on the Magic ... They each bring a wealth of experience and talent to the Magic and they learned from the same school of discipline and technique that won Japan the last World Cup. I hope they bring some of that presence to the New York Magic.
This is a strictly personal decision. My mental health is very good but physically I'm not able to travel five times a year to Switzerland and two other times to Japan ... I also don't have the needed energy to stay as head of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee. I will not be able to travel to 10 cities (in Brazil) to approve stadiums. But I will continue to support FIFA and Brazil.More quotes »
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