Official Road to London 2012 Thread [R]

Discussion in 'Japan' started by goru_no_ura, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Majster2

    Majster2 Member+

    Apr 23, 2010
    Poland
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    U-23 NT ikemen voting

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  2. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    saw that earlier, wonder how Higa felt when they were clearly mocking him.
     
  3. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Spain is out. I don't believe it, but it's true.
    And one between Uruguay and GB is risking.
    Also Switzerland is one foot out of the Olympic Games..
    Still.. you don't believe IT?
     
  4. Catracho_Azul

    Catracho_Azul Member+

    Jun 16, 2008
    New Orleans
    Club:
    Corinthians Sao Paulo
    Nat'l Team:
    Honduras
    Should be a great game... I'm pretty sure none of us want to play Brazil heh.
     
  5. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    I wanna. In the final :D
     
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  6. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    That's what i like it.
    I hope for Egypt in quarter-finals. Belarus isn't that bad.
     
  7. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I'd still prefer Belarus, for some reason I feel that we are better against European sides than arabs, but let's see. Let's get that first place before that.
     
  8. ASR10

    ASR10 Member

    Roma
    Italy
    Jul 15, 2006
    Barksdale, LA
    Nat'l Team:
    Italy
    its great to see japan playing so well right now! I lived over there the past 3 years so I've really taken to the team. I know the Japanese Coworkers I had back at my base are really enjoying this. they email me all bout it after every game. I agree tho, I'd love to see a Brasil vs Japan final.
     
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  9. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    Because they are terrible is also a pretty good reason.
     
  10. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Maybe but I don't know if they're worse then Egypt.
    I know that we do suck against teams like Egypt, though.
     
  11. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Great Britain vs. South Korea
    Brazil vs. Honduras

    Mexico vs. Senegal
    JAPAN vs. Egypt

    Needless to say: the chance of a medal is high if we play like we know.
     
  12. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    Mexico vs. Senegal is very interesting and if Japan will play like we know one of this team will be our last obstacle before the final with Brazil (or GB if the "home factor" will counts).

    It seems Usami will never play again (but an injury of someone can change that), it's a pity.
     
  13. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Wonder if the scouts are watching some of the players more carefully now, Nagai specially.
     
  14. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    they are, they even praised him (West Ham, etc).
     
  15. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Maybe we WILL see some players shifting club then ;)
     
  16. Harima83

    Harima83 Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Club:
    AC Milan
    I prefer play against Mexico.
    I'm afraid of physical strength of Senegal.
     
  17. Majster2

    Majster2 Member+

    Apr 23, 2010
    Poland
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    That's their weak point ;) Easily taken over by Japanese speed and agility on any competition level. Mexico plays much more technicaly oriented and not so physical football (still they're stronger than Japan physically).
     
  18. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    So, Senegal throw away their chances of semifinal with two moronic mistakes. It will be a tough semifinal, but we're better than them.
     
  19. faiyez

    faiyez Member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Costa Rica
    Club:
    LD Alajuelense
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Even though we have it tough against middle eastern teams, Egypt counts as an african side. Japan dominates african teams.
     
  20. sc-f

    sc-f Member+

    May 23, 2009
    Club:
    SC Freiburg
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
  21. SamuraiBlue2002

    SamuraiBlue2002 Member+

    Dec 20, 2008
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Now that the tournament is basically done, I'd like to open up to discussion what players will be contributors to the senior NT in the future. The 2008 team did terribly, but they now make-up the core of the NT.

    2008 squad
    Nishikawa (regular call-up)
    Hosogai (regular call-up)
    Yoshida (starter)
    Mizumoto
    Nagatomo (starter)
    Morishige
    Uchida (starter)
    Honda (starter)
    Toyoda
    Kajiyama
    Okazaki (starter)
    Taniguchi
    Yasuda
    Kagawa (starter)
    Morimoto (regular call-up)
    T. Honda
    Lee (regular call-up)
    Yamamoto

    Not bad for a team that was expected to be one of the worst generations.

    So who do you guys think will be contributors to the senior NT in the future?
    Here's my take:
    Gonda (Maybe once Kawashima is done)
    Ando (Doubt it)
    H Sakai (Will replace Uchida in the next year or two)
    Yamamura (Doubt it)
    G Sakai (Will be called-up, but probably not a starter)
    Suzuki (Yes)
    Ogihara (Maybe)
    Muramatsu (Doubt it)
    Higashi (Will be called-up but won't play much)
    Usami (Future starter)
    Yamaguchi (Will be called-up)
    Kiyotake (Yes)
    Otsu (Doubt it)
    Sugimoto (Doubt it)
    Nagai (Maybe a future starter)
    Saito (Maybe)
     
  22. Whispered11

    Whispered11 Member+

    Oct 4, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Club:
    UC Sampdoria
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Bold and italic for starter
    Italic for JNT squad

    1 Gonda
    2 Tokunaga
    3 Ogihara
    4 H. Sakai
    5 Yoshida
    6 Muramatsu
    7 Otsu
    8 Yamamura
    9 Sugimoto
    10 Higashi
    11 Nagai
    12 G. Sakai
    13 Suzuki
    14 Usami
    15 Saito
    16 Yamaguchi
    17 Kiyotake
    18 Ando
     
  23. seolseol

    seolseol Member+

    Apr 26, 2003
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Funny thing is maybe the 2 best players on this team will not see much NT light. Otsu and Higashi.
     
  24. BigDnm01

    BigDnm01 Member

    May 14, 2011
    USA
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I can't comment for everyone, but for those I know.

    Gonda: Will naturally be Kawashima's understudy, but he can held his own. Regular Call-up (2nd Choice).

    Gotoku Sakai : Call-up. 2nd Choice to Yuto Nagatomo, if Komano is no longer called-up though. however can be switched to Right back if needed.

    Hiroki Sakai : Call-up. Can go head to head with Uchida @ Right-Back. but Uchida does have the edge. Future starter.

    Yoshida : Call-up, Starter. Been really impressive during this tournament. will gain a new sense of confidence when he returns to the JNT.

    Daisuke Suzuki : I hope he's called-up. Likely to replace Konno. impressive partnership with Yoshida.

    JNT already have many talented Midfielders, and while I'm liking what Ogihara, Higashi and Yamaguchi had done, right now, they won't be overtaken the likes of Hasebe, Hosogai, and even Endo. not to mention Kagawa, Honda, Nakamura and Okazaki.

    Kiyotake: Regular Call-up. he already perform nicely for JNT and a great combination play between him and Kagawa, and Keisuke Honda. a plus for him is that, while he is one of the main playmaker for U-23, he will be less burdened with Honda and Kagawa on the pitch and connect well with them. however, Okazaki and Kengo Nakamura would probably start before him. But he is a great addition nonetheless.

    Usami : Call-up. he didn't have the chance to shine like his counter part, but he's hard to ignore and whenever on the field, driven and ambitious. Japan would need for him to hone his skills. still raw somewhat.

    Nagai : not just call-up, Japan definitely need him to hone his skills and goalscoring, because he can become a lethal striker for Japan in the instant future. His speed alone can destroy Defense, his skills is quite good and he make dangerous runs. With the current JNT, midfielders like Honda, Kagawa, Hasebe and Hosogai, they can push Nagai and Okazaki (a FW/RMF) and possibly rip DF to pieces.

    I don't see Yuki Otsu, Manabu Saito and Kenyu Sugimoto being called up to JNT, maybe Otsu, even though he had a good tourney with 3 goals.
     
  25. Saku²

    Saku² Member+

    Aug 22, 2009
    Club:
    FC Salzburg
    no way Sakai replaces Uchida if he has this kind of game again. As for the others. I dunno. I'd like to see players capable of making accurate long balls once in a while.
     

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