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History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ⑦ 2012~2014 (Part two)

Last time we introduced to you the journey of Zac Japan from 2010 to 2012.

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Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ⑥ (2010~2012)"

In 2013, there was good news from Japanese National Men's Soccer Team. On June 4 in the Asian Qualifiers Final Round of the World Cup, Japan drew 1-1 with Australia. However, with the total points far exceeding the second place, Japan qualified for the World Cup the 5th times as the fastest in the world. Keisuke Honda's midfield play (PK) is still talked about today.

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With that momentum, as the king of Asia, Japan participated in FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. But the Japanese Team suffered a crushing loss 0-4 to Brazil in the first game. Then they lost to Italy 3-4 in a hard-fought match. In their final match, they lost 1–2 against Mexico. With 3 losses in a row in the group game, they were eliminated regrettably.

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"Accepting the fact, in order to seeking new powerful talents, head coach Zaccheroni gathered a team centering on players of J. League for the East Asian Championship.
Young players such as Yoichiro Kakitani showed their prowess and helped the Japanese Team win the championship remarkably."

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Soon in June 2014, the FIFA World Cup Brazil was held. Japan played Ivory Coast in the first match. Although Keisuke Honda stroke first with a goal, under the pressure of Drogba who played midway, the situation was not favorable. Japan was overturned and lost the game 1-2 by a neck.

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In the second game, Japan played Greece. Despite their overwhelming advantage, Japan failed to score a goal because of Greece's tenacious defense and drew 0-0. The fate of the Japanese Team now depended on the third game with Colombia.

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But the World Cup is never easy. Although they had a lead over Colombia, the Japanese Team was beaten 1-4 disastrously, got knocked out with regrets before showing the good side of Japan to the spectators.

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How do you like it? We have introduced to you the journey of Zac Japan in 2 parts. In the next time, head coach Zaccheroni resigned and the famous player Javier Aguirre became the head coach of the Japanese National Men's Soccer Team. Please stay tuned for next time.

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Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ① (1993~1998)"

Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ② (2002)"

Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ② (2002)"

Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ③ (2002~2006)"

Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ④ (2006~2008)"

Please click here to see "History of Japan's Participation in World Cup ⑤ (2008~2010)"

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