• Kyodo


Japan’s Under-23s will play Olympic host Brazil on July 30 in Goiania in their final warm-up for the Rio de Janeiro Games, the Japan Football Association announced on Tuesday.

Japan kicks off its Olympic campaign against Nigeria on Aug. 4 in Group B in Manaus, where it will also play Colombia three days later.

Makoto Teguramori’s side wraps up the first round against Sweden on Aug. 10 in Salvador.

“The timing of the game (against Brazil) is really important when you take into the account the significance and difficulty of our first game at the Olympics,” Teguramori said in a statement.

Barcelona star Neymar is set to play for Brazil at the Olympics as an overage player.

Japan, which reached the semifinals of the London Games four years ago, will be aiming for its first Olympic medal since winning the bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Games.


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