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The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup.

The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. Under Zaccheroni, Japan exited at the group stage of the World Cup, having earned one point from three matches.

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