NAGOYA – On-loan Sydney FC striker Kazuyoshi Miura said Wednesday he is fully prepared to help his side make an impact in the upcoming FIFA Club World Championship.
“I’m thrilled to come back here as a member of Sydney and I’ve got myself ready for the championship,” Miura said after the Sydney squad arrived in Japan for the tournament that begins Sunday.
“After playing for Sydney for a month, I’ve got this strong feeling that I really want to win with this team,” he said.
Miura joined Sydney last month on a short-term loan deal from J. League second-division club Yokohama FC and has since played four games in the Australian A-League and scored two goals, both coming in the 3-2 loss at Adelaide United FC on Nov. 27.
The 38-year-old former Asian Player of the Year said he feels honored to play in a FIFA-sanctioned tournament and is poised to show his kind of game when Sydney kick off their campaign Monday against Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica at Toyota Stadium next Monday.
“It’s great to be in a FIFA competition like this but it’s going to be nothing special on the pitch for me and I’ll just try to play the way I’ve been trying to do all the time,” Miura said.
“Each player in this squad has great potential. Some need to have more experience but I think a tournament like this provides an opportunity to help develop world-class players,” he added.
The revamped championship features six continental club champions, which also includes Liverpool of England, Brazilian side Sao Paulo, Al Ahly of Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.
The final of the knockout competition is set for Dec. 18 at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.
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