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Managers Dragan Stojkovic and Oswaldo Oliveira cried out for immediate change to the Japanese soccer calendar on Saturday, saying the three-week gap between the end of the J. League season and the Emperor’s Cup quarterfinals is incomprehensible.

Stojkovic, who led Nagoya Grampus to their first league championship this season, said it was hard to keep his players sharp — mentally as well as physically — with no continuity in the schedule, which always starts in the first week of March and ends with the Emperor’s Cup final on New Year’s Day.

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