Samurai Blues

Yesterday morning of Japan time, Japan National Football Team lost against Columbia with score of 1-4 in in the World Cup Brazil 2014.  This was the end of the road for the Japan Team.  Withe 1-2 score loss to Cote d'Ivoire, 0-0 tie with Greece, and yesterday's loss to Columbia placed Japan at the bottom of the 4-team Group C.

The team was considered the best in Japan's Soccer history.  No time in the past has ever had Japanese footballers playing in competitive European Leagues - to name a few:

UK - Premire League
Shinji Kagawa - Manchester United.
Maya Yoshida - Southampton

Italy - Serie A
Keisuke Honda - AC Milan.
Yuto Nagatomo - Inter Milan.

Germany - Bundesliga
Shinji Okazaki - FSV Mainz
Makoto Hasebe and Hiroshi Kiyotake - FC Nuernberg
Atsuto Uchida - FC Shalke

Despite the result, our team played very hard.  With the direction of the coach - Alberto Zaccheroni, Japan Soccer was never been so aggressive attacking the opponents' goals.  Honda had a beautiful goal against Cote d'Ivoire and Okazaki made a header goal at the very end of the first half of the game against Columbia.  I am proud of them.

Brazil is approximately 12 hours time zone difference, so the games were played at ungodly times in Japan.  We can now get enough sleep...

Zaccheroni announced his resignation from Japan Coach today.

A huddle of Japan Team right before the kick-off of the Cote d'Ivore game.

The team after the end of the game. 

The kick-off of the 2nd half of the Columbia game.

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