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This you must know about the next opponent of the Red Devils: the smallest team of the tournament

The situation is clear. By their victory against England play the Red Devils on Monday against Japan. What you need to know about Japan? That it never had the chance before, but for everything, there is of course a first time. It would be suicide – in this case, harakiri for the Samurai Blue to be underestimated. And then there’s this.

Smallest team

Begin do we do with a cliché: Japan, of all countries in the knock-out stages, the smallest core. The players are, on average, is 1.78 meters in size – a huge difference with the Red Devils, who …

Smallest team

Begin do we do with a cliché: Japan, of all countries in the knock-out stages, the smallest core. The players are, on average, is 1.78 meters in size – a huge difference with the Red Devils, who are on average 1.86 meters tall. They have no player taller than 1.90 metres, we have seven. To Fellaini and co. in order that advantage can be taken from outside, and certainly not a kopgoals to swallow.

Bye bye coach

How could it be even with Vahid Halilhodzic? The Bosnian brought Japan to the world cup and was, until april, yet the national coach. But it was not so smart that he European stars Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki and especially Shinji Kagawa no longer functions. Without Halilhodzic is Kagawa in the meantime, back to the turntable, also, Honda was already good for a goal and an assist.

The miracle of Miami

Akira Nishino is now the boss, and you watch the Devils, he is a stuntman. In 1996 he moved to Japan to Play in Atlanta to be there then in the group stage world champion Brazil with Roberto Carlos, with Bebeto, with Rivaldo, with Ronaldo – to knock. The miracle of Miami, it is now called, even though it was Japan.

Married to actresses

An even better story is that of full-Yuto Nagatomo, who, because of the football for many years, a LAT relationship had with Aira, but her last year on the turf of San Siro in marriage early. Aira Taira is a famous Japanese actress and is not only. Also defender Tomoaki Makino is married to an actress, Rin Takanashi, that’s probably not a bell that does ring.

Japanese Belgian

Eiji Kawashima you know of Lierse and Standard. The goalkeeper is under fire, but allowed to remain in place. Because he is up against Belgium only? He speaks also French and a bit of Flemish and so can our players out of their concentration trying to bring. Kawa can also be Spanish, but that comes only in the semi-finals. It would be punishment to go Japan so far to get to.

Bookworms

You want to still read in Japan, to start quickly. Four players had already had a book out. That of Okazaki, Yoshida and captain Hasebe turned around themselves and their mental strength. The book of Nagatomo turns to yoga and hot… Yogatomo. There is also a dvd. Perhaps the Belgians who still view and come to rest.

Be careful with taekwondo

What we have not yet covered? A martial art of course. As Naomichi Ueda later his first opportunities to play gigs, he will have to pay attention. He did in the past, after all, taekwondo, represented even his country. But on a football pitch that Korean moves are not allowed.

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