Official 2021 Samurai Blue thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Whispered11, Feb 2, 2021.

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  1. KATO

    KATO Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Manchester
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Sho Sasaki time.
     
  2. KATO

    KATO Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Manchester
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    #477 KATO, Dec 7, 2021
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2021
    What a horribly inspiring selection.

    GK
    Shuichi Gonda

    DF
    Shogo Taniguchi
    Shinnosuke Nakatani
    Hiroki Sakai
    Yuto Nagatomo

    MF
    Yasuto Wakizaka
    Ataru Wakizaka
    Sho Inagaki
    Reo Hatate (great time to pick up an injury before the transfer window)

    FW
    Yuya Osako (because why not)
    Yoshinori Muto

    Substitutions
    Sho Sasaki 80th minute
    Yuki Soma 80th minute
    Miki Yamame 85th minute

    Oh wait, we’re allowed five subs? Too late.

    Few names I wished were selected:

    Akihiro Ienaga (age obviously isn’t criteria at the moment with Moriyasu Japan)
    Ryuho Kikuchi
    Yohei Takaoka
    Ryota Koike
    Yutaka Yoshida
    Yuki Kakita
    Taisei Miyashiro
    Shinya Nakano
     
  3. Samurai Warrior

    Samurai Warrior Member+

    Dec 2, 2008
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    Japan's squad for the friendly match vs. Uzbekistan on 21 January 2022:

    GK: Gonda - Tani.

    DF: Nagatomo - Sasaki - Sakai - Taniguchi - Yamane - Nakatani - Seko - Nishio.

    MF/FW: Osako - Inagaki - Esaka - Muto - Wakizaka - Soma - Maeda - Hatate - Ogashiwa - Ueda - Watanabe - Araki.
     
  4. Dax

    Dax Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 29, 2012
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I think it's a pretty good squad instead (considering it experimental, of course).
    Take out Nagatomo and Sakai who made no sense. Ogashiwa, Watanabe, Araki, Hatate, Maeda, Wakizaka, Seko, Nishio... all players who deserved a shot and I'm curious to see how they'll do (don't really expect Nishio to play though)
     
  5. KATO

    KATO Member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Manchester
    Club:
    Urawa RD
    Nat'l Team:
    Japan
    I'm not sure what the purpose of this match is? (apart from giving Moriyasu's favourites game time and "confidence booster" before the next WCQ).

    Maeda, Ueda and Araki could score three goals each and what happens? Osako will start regardless, Maeda gets to accumulate frequent flyer points across Asia to sit on the bench against China and KSA.
     
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  6. teioh

    teioh Member+

    Apr 17, 2012
    The same is going to happen to european teams that will play two playoff single leg match to qualify to Qatar2022.
    Something "cruel" but more "selective" to increase the level of quality football in WC imo.
    And, the 5th of CONMEBOL it will be not so strong. The top4 are the stronger, from 5th to bottom are all teams that Japan need to defeat to deserve a ticket for Doha.
    Obviously JNT must qualify without any playoff to avoid any "agony" incident.
     
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  7. Radu Razvan

    Radu Razvan Member+

    Mar 1, 2013
    Bucharest, Romania
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    Romania
    New Celtic players out from the squad. Matsuoka and Suzuki, both of Shimizu are in
     
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