Team preview: Japan

Originally Published: June 3, 2010
By Michael Griffin | ESPN.com

Japan has become a World Cup fixture in the past decade, with South Africa 2010 representing its fourth straight finals appearance. Yet the Blue Samurai have never won a World Cup game on foreign turf: Its two group-stage wins came on home soil during the 2002 finals.

Takeshi Okada's squad is looking to change that record, but was drawn into a tough group with Cameroon, Denmark and the Netherlands. Japan was among the first countries to qualify for South Africa, finishing second to ...

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