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Time to Get Silly
If you want to see what a Japanese football player who doesn't normally drink alcohol looks and sounds like when they are...Look no further! Here is Shinji Kagawa guzzling down beer a few weeks ago after beating Bayern for the Cup, being interviewed by his closest friend at Dortmund, Kevin Großkreutz. The celebrations were apt for Kagawa, who contributed with one goal and one assist under the interested eye of Sir Alex Ferguson. >>View Video
A couple weeks ago Kagawa also appeared on the pitcher's mound at Tokyo Dome to throw the first ball of the game -- he has long been a Yomiuri Giants baseball fan, and said it was a dream come true. Let's just say we're lucky he's a better footballer than he is a pitcher! >>See video

Ryo Miyaichi Playing with his Pants Since cementing his place in Zaccheroni's starting squad at Asia Cup 2011, vvv Venlo centerback Maya Yoshida has also become quite famous for his natural ability to entertain the masses. His very amusing and charming personal blog has been so popular that a book has been published on its contents. His proximity to friends and fellow-National team squad mates in Europe, like Uchida, Kawashima, Kagawa, etc., have also allowed him to be the social reporter to their off-the-pitch adventures, illustrating his activities with lots of comical photos. He has set the tone for his teammates, and they often poke fun at each other through their blogs and photos.
>>Maya Yoshida blog

Young Ryo Miyaichi somehow gets manipulated into posing for this shot -- if you can't see clearly, click for the big picture. Some of the players on the squad like to take walks around their hotel neighborhood during their National call-ups, and have taken some fun pics and vids of their walks around cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Another summer is here, and another awkward-looking tourism advertisement for Inter players -- this year, Yuto Nagatomo looks like a 13-year old riding his bike to school. An unfortunate choice of a backpack... (click to enlarge)
Inter summer training camp

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