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HIRATSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — A year has passed since Japan’s Beijing Olympic soccer debacle, but for manager Yasuharu Sorimachi, the wounds healed a long time ago.

The smoke from the Opening Ceremony fireworks had barely cleared before Sorimachi’s team was sent packing from China after defeat in all three group games, and the disappointment was palpable in a country that had reasonable expectations of reaching the knockout stage.

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