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There are again some nice encounters on the program this international period. One is the meeting between Japan and Colombia next Friday at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. It could be a point-to-point concert, because both countries have to miss quite a few defensive forces!
It sounds crazy, but Japan is taking advantage of this friendly international match to prepare for the Copa America next summer. Together with World Cup organizer Qatar, The Blue Samurai are invited to participate in this South American country tournament. With Colombia as their opponent, the Asians get a taste of what they can expect next summer on Friday morning. Next week they will also play against Bolivia.
National coach Hajime Moriyasu uses this interland period to experiment. He also has to, because veterans such as Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Gotoku Sakai and Yasuyuki Konno put an end to their international career after the World Cup. Players such as Eiji Kawashima, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Genko Haraguchi and Shinji Okazaki were also passed. The result is a relatively inexperienced selection. The Japanese will improvise in the back in particular, because of all the defensive forces, only Gen Shoji with his fifteen caps gets the double digits in terms of the number of international matches. In midfield there is a lot more experience with Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi and Takashi Inui, together accounting for 177 international matches. However, Kagawa and Inui are attacked, so it is questionable to what extent they will assist the defense.
Colombia will of course also be present at the Copa America this summer. The winners of 2001 belong to one of the outsiders for tournament winnings, although it will not be easy to push host country Brazil off the throne. With the Portuguese Carlos Quieroz, Los Cafeteros managed to catch a new national coach. After the departure of Jose Pekerman, the yellow shirts were forced to put interim coach Arturo Reyes in front of the group, but now they can work towards the future again.
Quieroz is naturally eager to enhance his debut at Colombia with a win, but the South Americans are currently being hit by injuries. David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Johan Mojica, Stefan Medina, Juan Fernando Quintero, Juan Cuadrado and Carlos Sanchez are all in the rag basket and saw the practice trip to the Land of the Rising Sun pass by. Since these are all defensively-minded players, Quieroz is puzzling. He has a big problem in particular between the posts, because nothing will come in Colombia for a long time after Ospina. Camilo Vargas has a meager five international matches behind his name, while Ivan Arboleda and Alvaro Montero hope for their debut. Furthermore, only Jeison Murillo, Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina defended more than four international matches for the A-team of Colombia. In an attacking sense, things are fine. James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao are still present, while with Sebastian Villa, Alfredo Morelos and Luis Diaz some new talents are already emerging.
Japan vs Colombia head to head matches
19.06.18 WC Colombia Japan 1 : 2
24.06.14 WC Japan Colombia 1 : 4
05.06.07 KC Japan Colombia 0 : 0
05.06.07 FI Japan Colombia 0 : 0
22.06.03 CC Japan Colombia 0 : 1