Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Japan NT no go for Juninho

Juninho's hopes of playing for the Japanese national team appear to have been scuppered - http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sw20080927a1.html.

It seems the language requirements for Japanese citizenship were too rigorous for the 31-year-old Brazilian. Allegedly things got off to a bad start when he didn't understand the question asking for his date of birth.

However, it has also emerged that even if he were to brush up on his nihongo, FIFA regulations would still bar him from playing for Japan as he's previously represented his native Brazil at Under-20 level.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of Brazilians playing on other national teams anyway (cept Alex I suppose). Love Juni, but it just isn't where he belongs.

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