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Japan to play France, Brazil in WCup tune-ups
Published : 31 Aug 2012 11:49:15
Asian Cup holders Japan will take on football powerhouses France and Brazil in October, the Japan Football Association said Friday, providing valuable experience ahead of the 2014 World Cup.
The friendly against France will take place in Paris on October 12, and that against Brazil will be played in Wroclaw, Poland, on October 16.
"I'm glad to have a chance to play against strong teams like them," said Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. "It will be a good opportunity to help us improve further.
"Away games like this are good experience for those who are only used to playing at home and will help us to move onto a new stage, facing highly skilled players," the Italian added.
Japan have never beaten either team, registering one draw and four defeats against France and two draws and six defeats against Brazil.