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Japan touch down in Brisbane


Australia coach Osieck's irritation at the relatively disadvantageous scheduling of these final qualifying games for the Socceroos is not entirely unreasonable as Japan (the away team) arrived in Brisbane before their hosts did. Australia drew 0-0 against Oman at Manama on Friday, and according to reports the temperature climbed as high as 41 degrees during the game.

The Japan squad was met at the airport on the 9th by many local fans (there are a lot of Japanese people living in Australia), and the players took a few minutes to take pics and give autographs. The flight they flew was a chartered one, the first under Zaccheroni.

It's interesting to see that the Aussie squad lists about 5 players who currently play in the J-league. And of course, their coach has experience with Urawa Reds for two seasons.

Another two converted to "European" in Zaccheroni roster

Kiyotake's imminent move to Nurnberg will move him into the "European" category of the squad listings.

This week German papers reported talks were almost complete for Hiroki Sakai's transfer to Hannover.

Both Kiyotake and H.Sakai are currently with the National team for the June 12 game against Australia.

In addition, 2nd division Bochum is said to be reaching agreement with Frankfurt for Japanese Takashi Inui (the one they call "little Kagawa").

Bayern's Usami will be playing at Hoffenheim next season. He made a little splash at Toulon last month, but if he gets called for the Olympic squad it's a really great place to show his stuff in the international spotlight. That is, if he can really keep his condition up. He's in Hawaii now for personal training and relaxation. many are in Germany now? Can't keep track anymore.

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