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With the Qlamqtar 2022 world cup only about 14 moons away (depending on your own set of lunar circumstances), I’m going to be answering all the burning questions leading up to the tournament. Today, I take a look at Japan, competing in seventh, and seventh straight FIFA World Cup.
Getting the hang of this soccer thing since 1998
FIFA Ranking: 24
Population: 126 million
It’s only in the last 25 years that Japan have experienced any form of success on the soccer pitch as for centuries a staunchly traditional culture focused all its efforts on the country’s most venerated sport, dodgeball. However, having qualified for every FIFA World Cup since its inaugural participation in 1998, the Blue Samurai are starting to get the hang of the game by only kicking the ball, instead of picking it up and trying to beanball the opposition or peg it at their heads in attempt to get them ‘out’.
One to watch: Captain Tsubasa
The proclaimed “Heaven-sent Child of Football” (“Soccer No Moshigo” in Japanese), Captain Tsubasa grew up with the dream of one day winning the world cup with Japan, and after being picked up by the world’s biggest clubs like Barcolona and taking the Blue Samurai to the Olympic Games, he seemed destined to do so. However, after some career missteps and poor management he was soon forced to lower his expectations and just hoped to participate in a World Cup with Japan. And now, he’s had to concede defeat and drop the bar even further, at this point hoping to even just get watch a world game on TV, but that all depends on if his boss Handa-San down at the car dealership lets him have the day off.
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