Japan set for Brazil friendly
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Asian champions Japan will face Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on 14 October, in a high-profile test for new coach Javier Aguirre, the Japan Football Association (JFA) announced. The 55-year-old Mexican, set to arrive in Japan this weekend, has a potentially tricky start with home friendlies against Uruguay on 5 September and Venezuela on 9 September.

Japan, whose disappointing 2014 FIFA World Cup™ led to the resignation of Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni, will also play Jamaica in Niigata on October 10 before flying out to face Brazil, who they are yet to beat in ten previous meetings. Aguirre led Mexico to the last 16 of the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

The former Espanyol manager recently told Spanish daily Marca he had been unimpressed with Japan's performance in Brazil, where they picked up just one point in three games, calling for "a more competitive edge and Latin cunning".