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Japan in World Cup

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Ken Courtis <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 4 Jul 2018 05:39:20 +0900

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When you are up 2 goals in the well into the second half, you have to 
play defensive possession football....  Had Nishino had adapted the 
team's stance to that strategy, Japan would very likely still be in the 
next round.

Ken Courtis

On 4/7/2018 8:53 AM, Stephen Anderson wrote:
> As a soccer observer, youth coach, and fellow traveler watching the Japan teams, the surprise leader for this year’s Cup was the coach—Nishino Akira.
>
> Villified for shutting down in the last group game to go through by the fair play rule, Nishino went for the win against Belgium.  He threw on Honda Keisuke, whose long free kick almost knuckleballed past the Belgian keeper.
>
> Nishino had a mix of old pros and new J-League speedsters, and got the most out of them.  I watched him build Gamba Osaka into a contender over a decade but was doubtful when JFA brought him on at a late stage.  I was wrong.  Soccer gods are fickle, the World Cup is a roll of the dice, and Nishino used what he had.
>
> Nishino did not do as well at Kobe (read “Rakuten”) or Nagoya (read “Toyota”) but I suspect he will lead the men’s national team for the next few years.
>
> Stephen Anderson
> Bangkok, Thailand
>
> Sent from Stephen’s iPad
>
>> On Jul 3, 2018, at 10:07 AM, S. Urista <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> Heartbreak for sure - as a sports fan I sometimes ask why I subject myself to this, but the highs are even higher than the lows are low.
>>
>> Inui has been a revelation - easily one of the best players in the entire tournament.
>>
>> Ultimately, we can probably ask why Japan didn't take a page out of Brazil's book vs Mexico in keeping a few players back to slow down any counter attack, but Japan won massive respect and admiration for their "play to win" effort right until the very end (which ultimately and cruelly backfired) - basically winning back goodwill and support lost following the truly pathetic play at the end of the Poland match.
>>
>> Japan has progressed a lot from being happy to just be at the World Cup, to being oh-so-close to the quarter finals, but at some point the team needs to start converting moral victories in to actual victories.
>>
>> It's also an old team - Kawashima looked shaky the entire tournament and he's 35, Inui was wonderful but he's 30.
>> Will be very curious to see what the national side looks like in Qatar.
>>
>> As an American spending the majority of my adult life in England and Japan, I only have two teams to support this World Cup, so one more very late night for me this week with England taking on Columbia, in what is arguably the easiest half of a World Cup draw in living memory....
>>
>>
>> Scott Urista
>>
>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Peter McGILL <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: 3 July, 2018 05:16
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>>> Subject: [NBR's_Japan_Forum] Japan in World Cup
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>>> Congratulations to the Japanese team for nearly drawing with Belgium (who earlier
>>> won against England) in the World Cup. I am no football expert, and shall make no
>>> attempt to analyse the game, but I was much impressed by the skill, agility, verve
>>> and energy of the Japanese players. It is only 25 years ago that professional
>>> football (soccer to
>>> Americans) started in Japan with formation of the J-League. Really remarkable
>>> progress!
>>>
>>> Peter McGill
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