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When a new coach comes in, a team changes in various parts accordingly. That applies in the case of the Japan national soccer team, with the arrival of Zico who took over from Philippe Troussier after the World Cup.

Zico has opted for a four-man defense to Troussier’s “flat three.” The new Japan coach called up four experienced players, all in their early 30s, who played in the 1998 World Cup, saying age doesn’t matter. Troussier, meanwhile, formed his team around young players.

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