Japan Olympic Soccer Team 2012: Roster Predictions & Analysis

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Japan Olympic Soccer Team 2012: Roster Predictions & Analysis
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In Group D with Spain, Honduras and Mexico, Japan's men's team looks set to make a splash in the football tournament at this summer's Olympic Games.

The "Samurai Blue", as they're known, were rampant in Olympic qualifying, winning five of their six games and scoring 13 goals in the process, while conceding just three.

And with three over-23 players allowed in the tournament—the rules for the men's tournament state 15 of the 18-man roster has to be made up of players born from 1 January 1989 onwards—head coach Takashi Sekizuka has a plethora of experienced European-based stars to choose from.

Borussia Dortmund star and Manchester United target Shinji Kagawa could also feature, given that he's eligible to play without affecting the overage quota and has put his hand up for selection at London 2012.

And teenage Arsenal sensation Ryo Miyaichi (on loan at Bolton Wanderers) also looks set to make the team, again bolstering the nation's chances.

So it looks like Japan will make quite a stir at the Games, and with that in mind, let's take a look at how the Asian powerhouse may fare this summer.

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