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  • March 22, 2013
  • • 12:00
  • • Khalifa International Stadium, ad-Dōha (Doha)
  • Referee: Khamis Mohamed Al Kuwari
  • • Attendance: 4500
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International Friendly Preview: Japan - Canada

International Friendly Preview: Japan - Canada

Canada Soccer / Giamou

A re-building Canada side faces a stern test as Japan looks to gain momentum ahead of its crucial World Cup Qualifier next week.

  PROBABLE LINEUP
Japan (4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Kurihara, Gotoku Sakai; Hasebe, Hosogai; Kagawa, Nakamura, Kiyotake; Maeda

JAPAN ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

DEFENDERS (8): Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama F Marinos), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Hajime Hosogai (Bayer Leverkusen), Hideto Takahashi (FC Tokyo)

FORWARDS (7): Ryoichi Maeda (Jubilo Iwata), Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart), Mike Havenaar (Vitesse Arnhem), Takashi Inui (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yuki Otsu (VVV Venlo).

  PROBABLE LINEUP
Canada (4-2-3-1): Borjan; Edgar, Jakovic, Hainault, De Jong; Johnson, De Guzman; Ricketts, Hutchinson, Nakajima-Farran; Jackson

CANADA ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (2): Milan Borjan (Sivasspor), Tomer Chencinski (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

DEFENDERS (7): David Edgar (Burnley), André Hainault (Ross County FC), Dejan Jaković (D.C. United), Adam Straith (FC Saarbrücken), Marcel de Jong (FC Augsburg), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Samuel Piette (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Julian de Guzman (SSV Jahn Regensburg), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby Fotboll), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)

FORWARDS (5): Stefan Cebara (NK Celje), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Eintracht Braunschweig), Marcus Haber (Stevenage FC), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf)

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • In their only previous meeting, Japan beat Canada 3-0 at the 2001 Confederations Cup, with Shinji Ono, Akinori Nishizawa, and Hiroaki Morishima the scorers at Niigata Stadium. Of the three, only Ono is still active with Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.
  • Japan is on the verge of qualifying for a fifth straight World Cup if it wins at Jordan on March 26.
  • The Japanese will also take part in June's FIFA Confederations Cup as well as the East Asian Cup in July, which is expected to feature a squad of fringe Europe-based players and young domestic players (including many of those seen in theOlympics last summer).
  • Canada will be helmed by its second interim coach of the year. Former Canadian international and current FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller was in charge for a pair of friendlies in January, while technical director Tony Fonseca will be the bench boss for this month's matches against Japan and Belarus.
  • At 31, Julian de Guzman is the oldest member of Canada's squad. Samuel Piette, 18, is the youngest.
  • Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski and midfielder/forward Stefan Cebara are both attending their first Canadian national team camp.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Japan

Canada

Wins
2
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Japan JPN
Japan Japan
Draw
Canada CAN
Canada Canada
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Japan JPN
2 - 0
Canada CAN
Japan JPN
3 - 0
Canada CAN
Japan JPN
3 - 1
Canada CAN

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