On Friday 24 March, the U-22 Japan National Team, who are on a tour in Europe, played an international friendly match against the U-22 Germany National Team at the PSD Bank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.
The match against Germany is the first game of the year for the team, who are aiming for the Paris Olympics next summer. Seeking to make a fresh start, Coach OIWA Go said the day before the match, “We want to see whether the players can demonstrate what we are trying to accomplish. That's what we'll be looking for.”
For this match, SUZUKI Zion (Urawa Red Diamonds) started in goal, with KATO Hijiri (V-Varen Nagasaki), KIMURA Seiji (FC Tokyo), NISHIO Ryuya (Cerezo Osaka), and UCHINO Takashi (Fortuna Dusseldorf) forming the four-man defence line. KAWASAKI Sota (Kyoto Sanga FC) and YAMAMOTO Rihito (Gamba Osaka) anchored the midfield with SUZUKI Yuito (RC Strasbourg) taking on the number 10 role, while YAMADA Fuki (Kyoto Sanga FC), HOSOYA Mao (Kashiwa Reysol), and SATO Kein (Meiji University) were named as the three attackers. .....
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