SAMURAI BLUE begin their European tour before the games of the national teams of the United States and Ecuador! |JFA|Japan Football Association

SAMURAI BLUE begin their European tour before the games of the national teams of the United States and Ecuador!

The SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) kicked off in Dusseldorf, Germany for the 2022 KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP, which will be held on September 19 (Monday), 23 (Friday) and 27 (Tuesday). the 27-man squad, excluding Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse) and Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), showed up for training on the first day of the expedition .

The team will meet for the last time before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which begins in November, and will be held in Germany, which has the second largest Japanese population in Europe.

Ahead of the 2022 KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP against the USA and Ecuador, SAMURAI BLUE players interacted with approximately 300 students from the Japanese School Düsseldorf and the Japanese Language School Düsseldorf before training began. I participated in a commemorative photo with a blue sky autograph session. Kyogo FURUHASHI (Celtic) couldn’t hide his surprise saying, “It’s like being in Japan to meet so many Japanese kids overseas. I reconfirmed that I had a Japanese friend who would strongly support me.

After a friendly exchange with the children, the expressions on the athletes’ faces tightened. In the twilight of Germany, which makes you feel the arrival of winter, you can relax your body by jogging and stretching. Goalkeepers KAWASHIMA Eiji (RC Strasbourg) and TANI Akio (Shonan Bellmare) trained hard under GK coach Shimoda Takashi, and continued to move energetically on the pitch until the end.

The team will work on improving their tactics in preparation for their victory against the United States National Team on Friday 23 at the Kirin Challenge Cup 2022.

player comment

DF #20 Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield Town FC/England)
The distance covered was short, and the preparation for the game was less than usual, and I was warmly welcomed by many Japanese fans today. I’m grateful that I was able to play in an environment that makes me feel like I’m in Japan and created the best environment for me as a footballer.
I fulfilled the obligation I set myself to continue playing for the club I belong to, so my condition is good and I think I’m in good shape. I want to improve my performance for the game.
Due to the schedule, I have to play consecutive matches with the national team.
It’s two games with no preparation period, but at the same time I think there will be individual battles for positions, so I would like to express that more aggressively. We also need to improve our overall strength. I would like to keep these two points firmly in mind.
I don’t really have an idea about the World Cup yet, but I’m playing thinking about what I can do to deal with what’s to come, so I think the World Cup will be the result of repeating this process. First of all, I would like to give 100% of what I can do now and spend my precious time with care.

MF/FW #9 Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic/Scotland)
I can only thank so many Japanese people for coming to watch our practice. Also, a lot of people who couldn’t come here are cheering us on, so I want to give back on the pitch with those expectations on my shoulders. I will continue to seduce by cherishing the practice in front of me and the game in front of me one by one.
First of all, I want to play against the United States national team, score goals for the team to win and give 120% of my efforts on the field not to disappoint fans and expectations.

MF/FW #17 Midori Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf/Germany)
It’s been a long time since I’ve played for the national team since June, so it’s exciting to meet so many different players, and I like that. We don’t have many opportunities to play for the national team in Europe, so I would like to organize a match that people who come to see will enjoy. A lot of kids came to practice today, and I hope to be a player who will make them think, “I want to be a soccer player in the future. When I’m on the pitch, I’ll show how I can play, and at the same time I always feel that winning as a team is the most important thing, so I want to contribute to the victory. I feel like my presence makes the game easier, and my presence makes it easier for the players in front of me.

September 23, 2022 (Friday) Kick-off scheduled at 2:25 p.m. (Japan time 9:25 p.m.) against the United States national team
Location: Düsseldorf (Germany) / Düsseldorf Arena
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September 27, 2022 (Tuesday) kick off at 1:55 p.m. (Japan time 8:55 p.m.) against Ecuador national team
Location: Düsseldorf (Germany) / Düsseldorf Arena
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