Japan has thus far hosted seven of the 11 FIFA Membership Global Cups, with the general being performed on the Global Stadium Yokohama (Nissan Stadium) in Kanagawa Prefecture each and every time. Fits have additionally been performed in Tokyo (Nationwide Stadium) and Toyota Town in Aichi Prefecture (Toyota Stadium). This event will see 4 video games performed on the Nagai Stadium in Osaka for the primary time.
Nagai Stadium is the house floor of J.2 aspect Cerezo Osaka. It’s certainly one of Japan’s primary stadiums, having hosted 3 video games all the way through the 2002 FIFA Global Cup Korea/Japan™ and the play-off for promotion to the J.1 League on 6 December this yr.
Osaka could also be house to one of the crucial J.1’s most sensible groups, Gamba Osaka, who took phase within the FIFA Membership Global Cup 2008 as winners of the AFC Champions League. On the other hand, they don’t percentage the Nagai Stadium with Cerezo Osaka, enjoying their house fits as an alternative on the Osaka Expo ’70 Stadium. If that they had crushed Sanfrecce Hiroshima within the two-legged J.League Championship ultimate performed on 2 and five December, they might have ended up enjoying a FIFA Membership Global Cup recreation on their native rival’s patch.
“Thirty years in the past, football used to be now not so common within the Osaka space when I used to be a small child”, stated Takashi Kawahara, deputy editor of Global Football Digest, which, as Japan’s main soccer mag, has been holding enthusiasts abreast of the worldwide scene since its release in 1994. Born in Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture, Kawahara is a famend professional on golf equipment from the Kansai area, masking their tales for a sister mag that makes a speciality of the home recreation.
“On the other hand, now Osaka, the place as soon as football used to be now not common in any respect, is house to J.League golf equipment. And with Gamba Osaka within the northern a part of Osaka, in conjunction with Cerezo Osaka within the south, the 2 skilled golf equipment were operating their grassroots programmes with nice staying power, and football could be very well-liked right here nowadays. This development used to be performed because of the football circle of relatives. I used to be so inspired through Korea/Japan 2002. And this time Osaka hosts the FIFA Membership Global Cup. I’m additionally proud of this fulfillment”, added Kuwahara, nonetheless upbeat about Osaka webhosting its first Membership Global Cup, in spite of his glaring sadness at Gamba now not being a part of it.
Additionally from Hirakata in Osaka Prefecture is Masaya Mori, a 23-year previous soccer fan. Even if born and bred in Osaka, this younger businessman is now a Kashima Antlers fan. On the other hand, he additionally helps Shriker Osaka, a futsal membership primarily based in Osaka. Enthusiastic about soccer in all its bureaucracy, he stated, “I’m taking a look ahead to seeing a large number of soccer from international facets in a stadium the place I generally watch the J.League.” Mori additionally mentioned his love of Osaka.
“Groups like Membership The us, River Plate and TP Mazembe are coming to Osaka. I’m relishing seeing the respective enjoying types and techniques of the champions of Latin The united states, Africa and different continents. I additionally need to see how the more than a few continental types fare towards Barcelona and the way Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima will sq. up towards the overseas groups. I would really like this Membership Global Cup to generate much more soccer fever in Osaka.”
An Osaka-born 37-year-old housewife, who used to play in Japan’s most sensible ladies’s league, could also be extremely joyful the event is coming to Osaka. “For younger girls and boys who revel in soccer, with the ability to watch world-class gamers supplies a unique form of stimulation to that which you get from the nationwide staff. I feel that’s an attractive factor,” she stated.
Without reference to who they’re going to be cheering on, it’s was hoping that the primary Membership Global Cup to return to Osaka can encourage now not simply the lovers of Gamba and Cerezo, but in addition the youngsters all the way through the prefecture and western Japan.
Supply : FIFA