Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Japan on verge of making World Cup

Japanese football continued its development on Wednesday after the national side all-but qualified for their fifth successive FIFA World Cup with a late victory over Oman.

The match saw Japan taken almost to the very end by a battling Oman team but in the final minute Shinji Okazaki popped up to secure a 2-1 victory and extend the nation’s lead  in Group B of Asian qualifying.

The football live betting had always fancied the Blue Samurai to qualify, but with 18 months still to go before the World Cup in Brazil, Japan’s manager Alberto Zaccheroni will be pleased his side have secured their passage so early.

Japan have been on top form already this season and with World Cup qualification now out of the way the squad can concentrate on the FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be played next summer.

Indeed, the Confederations Cup can act as a stepping-stone for national sides looking to make headways in the World Cup, just like the USA did in 2009. After making the semi finals three years ago, the USA overcame Spain 2-0 to reach the final where they narrowly lost 3-2 to Brazil.

However, their experience in South Africa proved worthwhile as the side then performed above expectations at the 2010 World Cup, topping Group C.

 With Japan now able to focus on the Confederations Cup, Zaccheroni will hope the experienced his payers gain from the tournament in Brazil will aid their progression 12 months down the line. Japan have never surpassed the round of 16 but with players such as Shinji Kagawa, Atsuto Uchida and Okazaki all key figures at European clubs, Japan look set to turn heads in South America in two summers time.

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