Japan to face Paraguay, Korea Republic
Japan will host Paraguay in a friendly match in September, the Japan Football Association said, just over two months after the South American side knocked them out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Japan will take on arch rivals Korea Republic the following month.
The Blue Samurai were beaten 5-3 by Paraguay on penalties after a goalless draw in the first group stage at South Africa 2010. However, Japan will be get the chance to exact revenge when the two sides meet again for a friendly at the Yokohama stadium on 4 September.
The match will also be the first for Japan's yet-to-be-named coach, who is to be chosen by the association soon. A JFA technical director is presently in Europe to hold talks with three candidates to take over from Takeshi Okada, who has been elected to the JFA board of directors.
Several foreign names have been raised by Japanese media as a possible successor to Okada, including Spain's FIFA World Cup winning coach Vicente Del Bosque.
Japan are also booked to play Guatemala on 7 September in Osaka, while another friendly at the Saitama stadium has been pencilled in for 8 October, although no team has so far been decided, the JFA said.