Worst season for Japan
Japan in the international scene
The season 35 could be said that it was the worst one over the past few seasons in the international competitions.
National Team wasn’t able to qualify for, and clubs’ results in both and were dismal flops.
After the national coach election, N-Kobayashi, the manager of FC Sagami (2260539), was elected to the National Coach for the second term and it’s the third season for him as National Coach.
In Saudi Arabia which was the World Cup winner and top country in the FITA ranking, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Afghanistan.s, Japan was in the same group as
It seemed difficult to defeat Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, but the main rival of Japan was Bahrain because the third team in the group had possibility to advance finals depending on the results of other groups.
Through the campaign, Japan played tough games, but they had good possibility in the last stages.
However, before the final round, they suffered an unexpected defeat against Afghanistan, then their mission became quite difficult.
Final round, some matches of other groups kicked off before Japan and the results were not desirable for Japan.
Japan had to win against Bahrain by three goals or more, also they need a draw of the match of Bahrain and Oman.
Thereforeplay very offensively and lost the match with a score of 2-1, then they missed entry.
“The biggest miscalculation was the away match with Afghanistan.
It seemed relatively easy.
If we had gotten three points from the game, we would have needed just a draw in the final match against Bahrain.
We could have played more defensively”
Also, the performance of Masayuki Tokunaga who played as starting eleven in the away match with Afghanistan despite the terrible play in the home game and the coach who decided to use him can’t avoid criticism.
Japanese Clubs in RoW competitions
The international results of clubs were worse than National Team.
In RoW Cup, no clubs could advance to the group stage, and as for RoW League, onlyplayed in the group stage.
However, 広末涼子 ended at the third place in the group and were not able to advance to finals, also they were defeated by an Egyptian club juve_ahmed_zidan (247440) and eliminated from RoW Cup at the round of 32.