Japan’s Olympic soccer team to hold camp in Rio

Kyodo

Japan’s men’s soccer team will head to Brazil in late July and hold a camp ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said Wednesday.

The team will arrive early to acclimatize themselves to the weather and time difference, said Shimoda after the JFA confirmed the schedule for the runup to the Games.

The JFA is looking to arrange matches against countries from South America and Africa, who Makoto Teguramori’s side haven’t met before, for their tour overseas in late March as well as friendlies in May and June, mainly against teams participating in the Olympics.

A short training camp is scheduled in April and Teguramori’s team is penciled into to compete in the Toulon Tournament in France in May. No send-off games are scheduled before departing for Brazil.

Japan secured their place in this summer’s Olympics by finishing in the top three in last month’s Asian U-23 Championship, which they went onto win.