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05/06/2013

Japan squad for Confederations Cup announced

 The Japan squad to play the remaining Asian final-round qualifying tie with Iraq in Doha on June 11 and the FIFA Confederations Cup from in Brazil June 15 was announced on Wednesday.
 In the Confederations Cup, Japan will play hosts Brazil on June 15 in Brasilia, Italy in Recife on June 19 and Mexico on June 22 in Belo Horizonte in Group A.
 The top two teams from the group will advance to the semifinals on June 26-27. The final is slated for June 30.

Japan squad:
Goalkeepers―KAWASHIMA Eiji (Standard Liege), NISHIKAWA Shusaku (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), GONDA Shuichi (FC Tokyo)
Defenders―KONNO Yasuyuki (Gamba Osaka), KURIHARA Yuzo (Yokohama F. Marinos), INOHA Masahiko (Jubilo Iwata), NAGATOMO Yuto (Inter Milan), UCHIDA Atsuto (FC Shalke 04), YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton), SAKAI Hiroki (Hannover 96), SAKAI Gotoku (VfB Stuttgart)
Midfielders―ENDO Yasuhito (Gamba Osaka), NAKAMURA Kengo (Kawasaki Frontale), HASEBE Makoto (VfL Wolfsburg), HOSOGAI Hajime (Bayer Leverkusen), HONDA Keisuke (CSKA Moscow), TAKAHASHI Hideto (FC Tokyo)
Forwards―MAEDA Ryoichi (Jubilo Iwata), OKAZAKI Shinji (VfB Stuttgart), Havenaar Mike (SBV Vitesse), INUI Takashi (Eintracht Frankfurt), KAGAWA Shinji (Manchester United), KIYOTAKE Hiroshi (1.FC Nurnberg)
Coach―Alberto ZACCHERONI (Italy)