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Video: Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker’s samurai fight

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Modern footballers and their play-acting, eh? Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker treated a crowd gathered for a pre-season event in Japan to an exhibition of their samurai skills. Dressed up as Japanese warriors, the pair bowed to the audience and to each other before starting a sword fight.

Gracious Hosts, Gracious Guests

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The U.S. U-20 WNT has been treated wonderfully by all of the Japanese organizers, fans and many others they have met here everywhere the team has gone during every moment of every day. And with the U.S. team taking time to visit both the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and a memorial to the fallen in the tsunami-stricken area of Sendai, the Japanese have more more than appreciative and supportive of the U.

New ideas sought for Japan's youth development

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Nobuyuki Uenoyama, head of the J.League's technical committee, says the league has to face up to the fact that it has a serious problem with its youth development. "Most of the people who trained the Samurai Blue into who they are today are high school teachers," he told Shinichi Chubachi of the Asahi Shimbun.

Match Preview: Japan vs. Syria

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The action continues apace in the Asian Cup, so not much time for reflection on the opening draw with Jordan before the Samurai Blue face Syria on Thursday. Japan of course struggled somewhat against Jordan, and despite huge amounts of possession were distinctly unthreatening for large amounts of time.

Paraguay book their quarterfinals spot through penalty shootout

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Oscar Cardozo came in the 94th minute

Joy for Paraguay. Heartbreak for Japan.

The Guaranies beat the Samurai Blue, 5-3 in a penalty shootout after being deadlocked, 0-0, through regulation and extra time.

Oscar Cardozo, the big Benfica striker converted his penalty in his country's most significant World Cup win.

Zico takes credit for Endo free kick

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The Japansese advanced to the Group of 16 dismantling the Danes. One of the highlights was a free kick by Yasuhito Endo who should be called "Bendo" that curled forever into the left hand corner of goal.

Zico who trained the Samurai Blue for the 2006 World Cup in their unsuccessful bid to reach the group of 16 remembers following Endo's progress in the reserves.

Japan adidas World Cup 2010 Home Kit / Jersey

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adidas and the Japanese Football Association (JFA) have officially launched the adidas Japan World Cup 2010 Â home kit under the theme Samurai Blue. The new kit comes in two versions one featuring adidas Techfit technology and another featuring adidas Formotion technology. The new Japan adidas 09/10 home kit is expected to see action during November 14th [.

Habt ihr es gewusst? Bixente Lizarazu ist Europameister im Jiu Jitsu

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Bixente Lizarazu ist eine lebende Legende für die Fans des FC Bayern München. Die Fans haben ihn schon zu seiner aktiven Zeit verehrt wie keinen anderen und das nicht nur wegen seiner großen Leidenschaft und seinem Kämpferherz auf dem Fussballplatz. Er war einfach immer anders drauf, hat sich nicht nur für Fussball interessiert sondern hat [.

English Premier League

Arsenal ………. Made in Japan

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I've been reading a book about certain aspects of Japanese history and culture, and like everything else I come across in my life, I look for parallels with Arsenal. Sometimes they are easy to establish, sometimes far more tenuous. But still, since Arsenal occupies such a huge part of my brain's activity, it is understandable.

Arsenal ………. Made in Japan

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I've been reading a book about certain aspects of Japanese history and culture, and like everything else I come across in my life, I look for parallels with Arsenal. Sometimes they are easy to establish, sometimes far more tenuous. But still, since Arsenal occupies such a huge part of my brain's activity, it is understandable.

Video de Thomas Vermaelen futbolista del Arsenal como samurai en el 2012 Asian summer tour.

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Los futbolistas de la Premier League parece que al salir de gira se vuelven mas felxibles a la hora de hacer ejercicio y de promocionar a su equipo. Te mostre el lunes al defensa del Manchester City boxeando, ahora aparece este jugador del Arsenal como Samurai, para presentar la gira asiatica de su equipo en Hon Kong,China y Malasya.

Paraguay Has the World Cup’s Biggest Fan

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Paraguay is probably the least known team left in the World Cup, but the team has one of the world's most passionate fans. In fact this fan is so important to the Paraguay national team that they have dedicated their impressive Cup run to the man. Who is this avid fan?

He goes by the name Salvador Cabanas, of course.

Spain

Spain and Italy Closer to Euro 2012 Qualification

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Thiago Motta and Cassano celebrating Italy's goal
As this international friendly week has rolled around, I'm doing my best to follow nations as they struggle to qualify for the European Chuampionships of 2012. But struggle isnt really the proper term for some nations, as Italy and Spain, are one step closer to the Euruopean tournament.

Spain and Italy Closer to Euro 2012 Qualification

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Thiago Motta and Cassano celebrating Italy's goal
As this international friendly week has rolled around, I'm doing my best to follow nations as they struggle to qualify for the European Chuampionships of 2012. But struggle isnt really the proper term for some nations, as Italy and Spain, are one step closer to the Euruopean tournament.

Okazaki goal lifts Japan over Argentina

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A month after routing defending World Cup champion Spain in a friendly, Argentina couldn't come up with the same kind of result against Japan Friday morning (U.S. time).

Shinji Okazaki pounced on a parried save by Argentine keeper Sergio Romero and slotted home the rebound in the 19th minute to lift the Samurai Blue to a 1-0 victory over a full-strength Argentina squad in Saitama, Japan.

World Cup 2010

World Cup: Paraguay vs. Japan (Matchday Commentary)

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Two of the World Cup's more surprising teams will clash with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line, as Paraguay and Japan meet at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa (10 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

Paraguay's place in the knockout stage isn't a complete surprise, but few would have pegged the South American nation to win Group F over Italy.

World Cup: Cameroon vs. Japan (Your Running Commentary)

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Samuel Eto'o & Co. will try to join Ghana as African teams to secure three points as Cameroon and Japan meet at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa (10 a.m., ESPN/ESPN3.com).

The Indomitable Lions and Samurai Blue each look to keep pace with the Netherlands in Group E after the Dutch defeated Denmark 2-0 earlier in the day on a Simon Poulsen own goal and a tap-in by Dirk Kuyt.

Japan World Cup Team Profile

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It's awfully hard to tell which way this will go, but today, Monday May 10th, Japan became one of two teams to release their full World Cup squad of 23, along with New Zealand. It could mean that they'll be well and gelled by the time the tournament commences. Or it could mean that their campaign, like their squad, is destined for prematurity, which obviously isn't good.

The Rest

“MARCHISIOOO” Mauls Milan (feat. Dancing Italian Commentators)

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Yes, we were lamenting the lack of goals for a good part of the Juventus-Milan fixture yesterday until signore Claudio Marchisio (and those pair of eyes) stepped in to score twice for Juventus! With a name like that, the whole of Turin will not be sweating over his complimentary one week risotto.

What a Game !!!

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I literally was sitting on the couch screaming my heart out.

So for those who missed it, our ladies ended the game 1-1 with Brazil...technically.

So what got it to that point? Well our first goal wasn't technically our first goal. The USWNT, though in awesome position and at first glance, appeared that they scored, the ball actually was scored by Brazilian defender, Daiane, who was attempting to block the ball.

Doppelgangers: Nando’s problem

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Saturday's match featured, among others, 4 ponytails, 7 bald /shaved heads and Joey Barton. Add to that we had Jabba the Hutt in the crowd, and its no wonder my mind went off on tangents. While I was seriously contemplating how to tell apart Kyrgiakos and Gutierrez, a friend of mine volunteered that Kyrgiakos' ponytail resembled that employed by most caucasian samurai in Hollywood films, while Gutierrez's did not.

Fifa divulga frases que estamparão ônibus das seleções da Copa

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A Fifa anunciou nesta segunda-feira os slogans que enfeitarão os ônibus das 32 seleções durante a disputa da Copa do Mundo da África do Sul. As frases de cunho nacionalista foram escolhidas através de votação pela internet entre as opções enviadas pela internet. O processo durou três semanas.

Daily Dose: April 5th, 2010.

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A sampling from 101gg's Goals of the Week. Asian football's success with the "3+1″ rule. (Inside Futbol) Wayne Rooney pinching booze like a teenager. (ManU Offside) Quite simply, the worst teams in Europe. (The Best Eleven) The sponsorship issues creeping up at WC2010. (When Saturday Comes) Adriano is marrying his captive.