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J.League propels Japan from soccer backwater to World Cup regulars

By Andrew McKIRDY

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Of course they are world cup regulars. They qualify in the Asia group. There are only 2 or three half decent teams yet 4 get to qualify for the finals.

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It’s great that Japanese football is thriving, mitoma is a game changer in terms of how Japanese players are perceived overseas, if he can move to a big club and continue as he has he could be a world class player.

At grassroots level, the JFA need to stop kids using the overly heavy medicine balls they currently use to play, there is a link between those types of ball and the dementia suffered by players from the 1950s and 1960s. The modern game uses lighter balls, not sure why Japanese soccer insists on these over pumped versions..

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