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History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ③(2006)

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Adachi@ MaDeLa

"I've introduced to you the performance of Japan in 1990s and Korea-Japan World Cup in 2002.

For part I, please click here

For part II, please click here"

After the 2002 World Cup, Zico, the Brazilian treasure, who is known as the "God of Football", took up the post of Japanese National Football Team, so this team was called "Zico JAPAN".

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During this period, the "Japanese Golden Generation" has matured and they formed a most anticipated national team for Japanese people. And they also lived up to expectations, won the championship of Asian Cup, qualified for the FIFA World Cup in the fastest speed in history etc., they left a proud record.

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Then, in June 2006, the Germany World Cup was opened. Regrettably, in such important World Cup, everything was not as smooth as what had anticipated.

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In the first match of Group F, Japan played against Australia, although the Japanese team gained an advantage at the beginning of the game, yet Australian made a dramatic reversal in the final stage, Japanese team lost the game 1-3.

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In the second match, Japan played against Croatia, both teams didn't seize the crucial opportunity and ended in a draw of 0-0. So in the last match, Japan must beat Brazil with a big score to enter the knockout round.

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In the third match, Japanese team prepared for a real battle, they wanted to have a big game against Brazil, the motherland of Zico, but we were defeated by 1-4. All was finished, Nakata Hidetoshi, the leader of the Japanese football industry, retired after this match.

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Because they are excellent generation that had left many magnificent achievements, such result was too regrettable. For the next World Cup 2010, the Japanese National Football Team hired a new head coach - Ivica Osim,people people's expectations were also rising, then I will go on to introduce to you next time...

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For part I, please click here

For part II, please click here"

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