Samurai Blue Prepares for International Friendly against Germany in Training Camp

On Wednesday, September 6, the Japan National Team, SAMURAI BLUE, trained in Wolfsburg, Germany, in preparation for their international friendly match against Germany on Saturday, September 9. The team focused on attacking practice under the clear blue sky and the shining sun. They engaged in interpersonal practice in small areas, limiting the number of touches and focusing on quick transitions and support. They also worked on sending the ball sideways from the back line and creating goal-scoring opportunities. The players practiced individual skills as well, with some receiving advice from coaches and others focusing on crosses and shots. After the practice, some players jogged and reflected on their day. The team will continue to prepare for the match against Germany on Thursday and Friday. The game will take place on Saturday at the Volkswagen Arena. Afterward, the Japanese national team will travel to Belgium to play against Turkey in the 2023 KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Keisuke Osako expressed his confidence and desire to produce results and grow as a player. Shogo Taniguchi highlighted the opportunity to play against Germany and emphasized the importance of taking the initiative on both offense and defense. Ryuya Morishita mentioned his excitement to play at a high level and discussed the adaptability of the German team. Kyogo Furuhashi discussed his preparation and goal-scoring ambitions, while Ritsu Doan mentioned the anxiety and pressure Germany may face and the need to increase possession rate while not forgetting the simple ways of scoring. Midori Tanaka expressed her recovery from injury and the team’s desire to take the lead and fight against Germany.

The international friendly match against Germany is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, with kick-off at 20:45. The match will take place in Wolfsburg, Germany, at the Volkswagen Arena. The team will then play against Turkey on Tuesday, September 12.

On Wednesday 6 September, SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) trained in Wolfsburg, Germany, ahead of their international friendly against Germany on Saturday 9 September.

Under the cloudless blue sky and the sun shining down on the skin even late in the afternoon, the team focused on attacking practice on the third day of the training camp in Germany.

After loosening their bodies by spinning the ball and sprinting, they practiced interpersonally with one freeman in a 5:5 ratio in a small area. By limiting the number of touches, I followed the ball while being aware of quick transitions and support.

After that, check how the ball was sent sideways from the back line on the half court and brought into the shot. The players continued to score goals by changing the midfield course and adding variations.

In addition, we had two flick players in the 6-6 team, and with our backs to the goal, we were aware of carrying the ball forward when we stole it from the opponent, and tried to create a shot. Except for the player who played a flashing role, I arranged three players for each position and changed the combination of players, taking time to check their movements.

After finishing the general practice in about an hour and a half, the players moved to individual practice.

Taizen Maeda (Celtic) and Daichi Kamada (SS Lazio) jog while talking. Itakura Ko (Borussia MG) and HASHIOKA Daiki (Sint-Truiden VV) in defense received advice from coach SAITO Toshihide and checked their movement to bounce off cross balls from the sides with their headers.

Additionally, while coaches Hiroshi Nanami and Ryoichi Maeda watched the offensive line, Junya Ito (Stud Lance) and Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion FC) sent crosses from left and right to Asano Takuma (VfL Bochum) and DOAN Ritsu (SC Freiburg) practiced their shots to score goals.

TANIGUCHI Shogo (Arrayan SC), TANAKA Midori (Fortuna Düsseldorf) and MORITA Hidemasa (CP Sports) finished the day’s practice with a jog.

Taniguchi, who plays in the Qatar League, said with a smile, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to train while the sun is shining, so it feels good. “I can see if I’m doing good want to prepare well and face it in good condition.

The team will continue to prepare for the match against Germany tomorrow, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th. The game will take place on Saturday 9th at the Volkswagen Arena. The Japanese national team will then travel to Belgium to take on Turkey in the 2023 KIRIN CHALLENGE CUP on Tuesday 12th.

player comment

GK Keisuke Osako (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
Last time, I played against El Salvador as a full team representative for the first time in a long time, and although there was one less opponent, I managed to produce a result and I was able to deepen my self-confidence. I think it’s a completely different game to play in. If there is a chance, I want to respond with results to relate to my experience and growth. It’s a short period, but I hope to show myself through practice day by day. The team has many players who have experienced the World Cup, and I hear that the opponents are currently building a team and have many new players. As much as we win in the cup, I think they will come in order not to lose to the same opponent twice. As a member of the Japanese national team, if we can produce results, I believe our reputation will rise even more.

DF Shogo Taniguchi (Alrayan SC/Qatar)
This is a perfect opportunity to play against Germany. One of the themes is how we can take the initiative from ourselves without being passive. Even if we say we have the initiative, it’s not about when we have all the ball, I think it will be a very big point, so I think we have to improve not only offense but also protection. Personally, since I didn’t show up last time, I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can do. If we get a chance, we want to be confident in ourselves without hesitation and face it positively. As always, I am always ready to go out at any time.

DF Ryuya Morishita (Nagoya Grampus)
I am very happy to be able to participate in the activities of the national team again this time and to be able to play at a high level. It is very exciting to be able to come overseas as J. I think it will be important. The preparation for practice is completely different because they are top class players. I get the impression that Germany is solid, skilled, and error-free. In the World Cup game against Germany, I was very impressed with how they adapted the issues they learned in the first half and played in the second half. I don’t think it was all about, so I think it’s important how much the team can adapt to the issues that arise along the way.

MF/FW Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic/Scotland)
My condition is not bad. I think we have prepared well and I want to be able to score goals so I can help the team. As a football fan, I was rooting for Germany in the World Cup, really hoping they would win. I could see some really good things, and it motivated me, so I think I was able to grow one step further from there. I hope to show that in the game and score as many goals as possible for the team First of all, while aiming to get out from the back, which is my specialty, I think I can play in front of the opponent in the flow, join the build-up and connect with everyone and attack, and I believe there are times when I have a chance to go out. , I want to prepare well so that I can respond to any. I think we can put on a good match, so I’ll do my best to deliver something good to everyone who will be watching.

MF/FW Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg/Germany)
Personally, I’m looking forward to the game against Germany, and I think they will face a lot of anxiety and pressure. They haven’t been able to win (in recent games), and also, I think they’re going to push the ball quite a bit against Japan. It will be difficult to come back if we are pushed in the 5th or 10th minute, so if we can get into the game 50/50, I think it will be a pretty good game. We have accumulated things in the months of March and June, and I believe that we have become good by making use of what we learned in March in June. We need to increase our possession rate by 5-6%, but I think we must not forget the simple way of scoring points. We must not forget what worked well in the World Cup, and we must not forget to put the ball in front of us after we steal the ball.

MF/FW Midori Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf/Germany)
It’s been a long time since I’ve had an injury, so I’ve been trying to recover properly and do things I can do without pain in games. At first, it was a bit difficult to get into the game, but I’m getting used to it. I think everyone wants to play a different game to the World Cup this time against Germany. We want to try to put more emphasis on taking the lead and fighting. The experience of us winning has been a positive experience at least, and I think it will be a great strength for us in many ways, so I think it’s just a matter of showing what we can do he is confident. From a global perspective, Germany is a strong team, but I believe that repeating such results will be the first step for us, Japan, to become a strong nation. can it be continued. I believe that there is experience gained by winning, so I believe that it is necessary for Japan to grow further through such things.

international friendly match

September 9, 2023 (Saturday) 20:45 Scheduled kick-off (September 10 (Sun) 3:45 Japan time) vs. Germany National Team
Location: Wolfsburg (Germany) / Volkswagen Arena
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September 12, 2023 (Tuesday) 14:20 Scheduled kick-off (September 12 (Tuesday) 21:20 Japan time) against Turkey National Team
Venue: Genk (Belgium) / Segueka Arena
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