Tuesday, 4th May 2010
Japan focusing on 2022 World Cup
Japan is to move away from its 2018 World Cup bid and instead focus on the 2022 tournament, it has been reported.
According to local reports in Tokyo, the Japan Football Association is keen to move its efforts away from the 2018 event after being told the FIFA is more likely to choose a European host nation.
Speaking at a conference, head of the Japan Football Association Motoaki Inukai said that FIFA seemed set on the 2018 event being held in Europe.
He therefore said it is "advisable" to put more into putting together a bid to host the World Cup four years later.
This year's World Cup is to be held in South Africa, with the first games taking place in July.
Japan is in Group E for the 2010 tournament, alongside the Netherlands, Cameroon and Denmark.
Commenting after the draw last year, Japan's Takashi Sugiyama told Goal.com that the team was "not too disappointed" with their grouping - but noted that the Netherlands would be the team to beat.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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