Samurani Blue – Japan at Worldcup

As am in Tokyo these days and actively glued to TV set watching a sphere being kicked here and there in beautiful lush green striped marvels of german engineering. Yes the 18th edition of FIFA world cup has started. Brazil won the record 8th game in the world cup. Japan and Korea, being the hosts of 2002 FIFA world cup, automatically qualified for the finals. Game between Australia and Japan was on the watch list for two reasons:

1. Can Guss Hiddink do to Australia what he did to Korea

2. How the Japanese can beat Australian defenders

By the end of game, both the questions were answered.

btw here are some interesting facts:

a. India though never qualified for the world cup, was asked to join the 1950 world cup. But Indians couldn’t attend it coz the rule was to play with shoes on while Indians were used to barefoot play.

b. The Berlin stadium (where the Brazil played their first game this time) is the one where 1936 Olympics took place (Hitler was the one to flag off those games).

c. The world cup balls are Made in Pakistan.

d. The winner will pocket the cool $21.5 million.

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