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So far going to schedule for all the big boys
We're in an OK position but it's been very tough. Started off with a loss and a draw then followed up by two narrow victories. The last one we were reduced to ten men and Emerton struck a late volley. Schwarzer and crap finishing saved us. And now we head to Kuwait with no Kewell, Cahill, Bresciano, Schwarzer, Emerton, Neill, Grella, so on. Still some good players to call on and can win, although Kuwait have won the last two against us. Oman three points behind.

Thanks for that link.
 

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Firdaus, about Singapore, I didn't make that 'Asians Abroad' list and unfortunately I'm not aware of any Singaporeans playing abroad. But I notice they stand second in qualifying only one point behind Iran. South-East Asia is regarded as the weakest region so they're really flying the flag, standing ahead of a team like Jordan. Despite that they've conceded the most goals by far and not scored a lot, they've still managed to claim results somehow along the way. Seen any of their matches?
 

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Australia already 2 up against Kuwait after 20'
The first half was ****ed up. Australia were two up around the five minute mark due to a combination of cliicial opportunistic finishing and schoolyard-level defending.

There was talk about the state of the pitch and truly it was awful. Rough, uneven, the ball kept bobbling in the air when the players wanted to keep it flat. They could have opted to play at a bigger stadium with a more refined pitch but the decision was made to bring it to this particular venue due to the NTs winning record there.

Fans were let in for free and they created a great atmosphere.

Just as the match started with a bang, so the half ended. Heffernan made a mistake, misjudging the bounce of the ball, then Al Enezi capitalised, running into the box to finish clinically at the far left post. Then a few minutes later a cutting through ball was produced by Mutwa which Nasser ran onto inside the penalty box. He beat our GK at the far post.

Before Australia fell apart we pressured well and didn't give them time to create much. Then when we claimed the ball the key was to keep it simple and direct.

I missed most of the second half, fell asleep. When I woke Nikita was on the pitch.

Ended 2-2.

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HATTRICK Sota Hiroyama :D

Surely he has to make it now, ILA :stuckup: :pp

Him to be Japan's Joshua Kennedy?
"I was wondering. In another thread they were talking about Kennedy who was awful with his feet. He's 194, Hirayama is 190 and is much better with his feet considering his size. I was wondering why Kennedy is an international striker with a very good record for the socceroos and Hirayama doesn't even come close. any thoughts?"

lol I found this at the place that shall not be named. Btw I think this poster, AKITOD, is one of the better ones.

Well Japan don't really have a plan B, do they? Something different to call upon when in trouble. And someone like Sota, well, the opposition wouldn't be expecting such a player and tactic from this team, they're so rigid with nippy-type guys.

As for China, despite being played at home, Syria are doing well, aren't they?
 

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The thing with Sota is that he's been distracted so far in his career. Not for bad reasons exactly, but in Holland unlike Keisuke he grew homesick and in Japan I believe he's been more concerned with his studies than playing football.

"Another draw, 0-0...... I used to think our players had the quality but not the mentality, im starting to realise we have neither. What bothers me the most is that they almost never know what to do with the ball, which always end up in losing the ball or a back pass.."

"No decent attacking players, Han Peng is not a lone striker, they already tried it during the Zhu Guanghu era and we already saw how bad that turned out. Personally Gao Hongbo has to drop the 4-5-1 formation if he going to play Han Peng because he lacks the skill and pace to scare defenders and Shao Jiayi isn't the player to fill that void"

"pathetic, we gonna be destroyed in asian cup"
 

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Sun didn't work out at PSV but I recall some members feeling good about his chances somehow. "I'm not sure why but I've got a feeling he'll be good." Even when he'd arrived and hadn't made so many appearances some felt comfortable to give him a starting birth in the CL... against my team, Arsenal! I remember the match at the Emirates. He was so tame, so unwilling to try things, so scared to make a mistake, and his team mates helped him out. He was fouled and the ensuing FK led to Alex's crucial goal, making him a God in China. lol
 

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In Sydney?! you losers lol

and we can't even beat you guys. Guess your loss had more to do with underestimating your opponents. Surely.
Another thing is that it was the final match of the GS and qualification had been attained.

But it's true, something I dislike about our players and teams at times is a visible lack of respect against Asian teams. Best example was Asian Cup. Underestimated the opposition and are duly punished.
 

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HATTRICK Sota Hiroyama :D

Surely he has to make it now, ILA :stuckup: :pp

Him to be Japan's Joshua Kennedy?
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玉田 圭司 TAMADA Keiji
1980.04.11 173cm 67kg 名古屋グランパス 63 14

佐藤 寿人 SATO Hisato
1982.03.12 170cm 68kg サンフレッチェ広島 28 4

平山 相太 HIRAYAMA Sota
1985.06.06 190cm 85kg FC東京 1 3

岡崎 慎司 OKAZAKI Shinji
1986.04.16 173cm 70kg 清水エスパルス 20 15

興梠 慎三 KOROKI Shinzo
1986.07.31 175cm 67kg 鹿島アントラーズ 10 0

He's being named alongside much more recognisable names now in next month's Kirin Cup encounter against Venezuela. Let's see if he can do something.
 

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It's no problem and I understand, I enjoy writing.

It's weird because it's posted multiple times that their Kirin Cup tie with Venezuela takes place on 2/2. Their next meeting at this cup is against an opponent TBA on 4/7. Finally, TBA again on 5/24. No one contradicts this.

■GK
楢崎 正剛 NARAZAKI Seigo
1976.04.15 187cm 80kg 名古屋グランパス 69 67

川島 永嗣 KAWASHIMA Eiji
1983.03.20 185cm 80kg 川崎フロンターレ 8 6

西川 周作 NISHIKAWA Shusaku
1986.06.18 183cm 79kg サンフレッチェ広島 1 0

■DF
中澤 佑二 NAKAZAWA Yuji
1978.02.25 187cm 78kg 横浜F・マリノス 96 17

田中 マルクス 闘莉王 TANAKA Marcus Tulio
1981.04.24 185cm 82kg 名古屋グランパス 32 6

駒野 友一 KOMANO Yuichi
1981.07.25 172cm 76kg ジュビロ磐田 49 0

岩政 大樹 IWAMASA Daiki
1982.01.30 187cm 85kg 鹿島アントラーズ 1 0

今野 泰幸 KONNO Yasuyuki
1983.01.25 178cm 73kg FC東京 33 0

徳永 悠平 TOKUNAGA Yuhei
1983.09.25 180cm 76kg FC東京 5 0

長友 佑都 NAGATOMO Yuto
1986.09.12 170cm 65kg FC東京 18 3

内田 篤人 UCHIDA Atsuto
1988.03.27 176cm 62kg 鹿島アントラーズ 27 1

村松 大輔 MURAMATSU Taisuke
1989.12.16 176cm 71kg 湘南ベルマーレ 0 0

■MF
小笠原 満男 OGASAWARA Mitsuo
1979.04.05 173cm 72kg 鹿島アントラーズ 53 7

遠藤 保仁 ENDO Yasuhito
1980.01.28 178cm 75kg ガンバ大阪 85 7

中村 憲剛 NAKAMURA Kengo
1980.10.31 175cm 67kg 川崎フロンターレ 41 5

石川 直宏 ISHIKAWA Naohiro
1981.05.12 175cm 69kg FC東京 4 0

阿部 勇樹 ABE Yuki
1981.09.06 177cm 77kg 浦和レッズ 41 3

大久保 嘉人 OKUBO Yoshito
1982.06.09 170cm 73kg ヴィッセル神戸 42 5

金崎 夢生 KANAZAKI Mu
1989.02.16 180cm 70kg 名古屋グランパス 2 0

香川 真司 KAGAWA Shinji
1989.03.17 172cm 63kg セレッソ大阪 10 2

Here's the rest of their squad. Some notable names such as Kagawa who interested certain Euro clubs and Mitsuo Ogasawara, J-League player of the season. Former Japan coach Troussier thinks he can replace Nakamura at the WC.
 
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