Scotland announce Japan friendly
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Scotland will take on Japan in an international friendly on 10 October, 2009 the Scottish Football Association announced. Both sides anticipate that the fixture in Japan, at a venue yet to be confirmed, will form part of their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Scotland are currently second in their European qualifying group, eight points behind The Netherlands, and have a chance of securing a play-off place, while Japan are two points behind leaders Australia in their Asian qualifying section. The visit to Japan will mark a return to the scene of Scotland's successful 2006 Kirin Cup campaign, when the Scots won a three-team tournament involving Japan and Bulgaria.

"The Scottish FA are delighted to confirm that Scotland will travel to the Far East to play an International Challenge match against Japan in October this year," the Scottish Football Association revealed in a statement.