Come October 14, former Manchester United ace Shinji Kagawa will be donning Japan colours and fighting it out against the Selecao, at Singapore’s brand new National Stadium.
Kagawa, who has put on some sterling displays for new club Borussia Dortmund after returning to the pitch from concussion, is likely to be featured in a central role in the friendly match. He had played wide at Man United and under Zaccheroni, the former Japan national coach.
Other key players on Japan’s team sheet
Besides Kagawa, some other names on Japan’s team list include AC Milan’s Kaisuke Honda and uncapped trio, Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani and Yu Kobayashi.
However, captain Makato Hasebe was not part of the squad, even though he has recovered from his knee problems that had plagued him in Japan’s games against Venezuela and Uruguay.
The Full Japan Squad
Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege/Belgium), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)
Hiroki Mizumoto (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Yuto Nagatomo (FC Internazionale), OTA Kosuke (FC Tokyo), Daigo Nishi (Kashima Antlers), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Tsukasa Shiotani (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Gotoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers)
Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Masator Morishige (FC Tokyo), Junya Tanaka (Sporting), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Ryota Morioka (Vissel Kobe), Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers)
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz 05), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Mike Havenaar (Cordoba CF), Yu Kobayashi (Kawasaki Frontale), Yoichiro Kakitani (FC Basel), Yoshinori Muto (FC Tokyo)
The Full Brazil Squad
Jefferson (Botafogo), Rafael Cabral (Napoli)
David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Gil (Corinthians), Miranda (Atletico Madrid), Dodo (Internacional), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Mario Fernandes (CSKA), Danilo (FC Porto)
Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Elias (Corinthians), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Everton Ribeiro (Cruzeiro), Oscar (Chelsea), Coutinho (Liverpool)
Ricardo Goulart (Cruzeiro), Robinho (Santos), Neymar (Barcelona), Diego Tardelli (Atletico MG)
Readers, you have a chance to WIN tickets to Japan vs Brazil through PrisChew.com.
I am giving away three pairs of Category 4 tickets to the match on my blog. To find out how you can win them, click here.
Tickets are selling fast. Prices start from $40 to $180 (for adults) or $25 to $45 (for children under age 16) and you can purchase them at sportshubtix.sg or at Sports Hub ticket outlets (at all SingPost locations).