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Japan vs Ecuador tonight
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Oita's Big Eye stadium.

I must admit to being rather nervous about this game. Because this is pretty much it. At this time, we don't have any other friendlies scheduled between now and the announcement of the World Cup Japan national squad to take place in mid-May. C'mon Nippon, show us something inspiring, give us some ray of hope to hold onto until June!

Yesterday's NT practice was mostly the team going over set piece strategies and defense, as is the usual tradition. According to Zico, the sudden switch to the 3-back system was because Endo withdrew from the squad -- Zico liked the option of switching to 3 from 4-back, and putting in Tsuboi, instead. Ono was not kicking free kicks during practice because he felt some vulnerability in his ankle -- not a good sign.

As usual, I will aim to have a match report up this weekend.
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