(A compilation of Kunishige Kamamoto appearances and goals. The legendary Japanese striker looks set to lose his record as the youngest player to score ten times for the Samurai Blue, as Shinji Kagawa has the opportunity to surpass his feat provided he finds the net within 67 days)
Japan women’s national team head coach Norio Sasaki has confirmed that the Nadeshiko will meet France in Paris on July 19, as a final warm-up match prior to the Olympic football tournament which begins a week later.
Should the competition proceed on the basis of current ranking, the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup holders will come face-to-face with Les Bleues, deemed the sixth best national side in the world by FIFA, in the quarter-finals.
The Sankei Shimbun states that Cerezo Osaka captain Teruyuki Moniwa, injured in the 2-1 defeat by Kashiwa Reysol at the Kincho Stadium, is expected to return within ten days as tests revelased that the 30-year old defender had sprained his right foot. Turning its attention to the Under-23 side, the Sankei adds that Hiroshi Ibusuki has been a dynamic force in practice for the Toulon Tournament, the 21-year old striker’s height providing an added dimemsnion in attack for Under-23 coach Takashi Sekizuka.
I will be live-blogging Japan’s first game in the tournament from 16:30 BST/00:30 JST, so please join me at that time for team news, with kick-off scheduled for 16:45 BST/00:45 JST.
And finally, Sports Nippon notes Shinji Kagawa will become the youngest Japanese national team player to score ten goals should he add to his current tally of nine goals in 29 appearances against Azerbaijan. Legendary Japanese striker Kunishige Kamamoto, who scored an extraoadinary 202 times in just 251 appearances for Cerezo Osaka forerunners Yanmar Diesel and is thp goalscorer in history for the Samurai Blue, holds the current record.