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Japan big in SA

Posted on 29 June 2010  - 12:00

Club legend Steve Perryman feels more Japanese players will emerge after their fine performance at the World Cup.

Japan big in SA

Club legend Steve Perryman feels more Japanese players will emerge after their fine performance at the World Cup.

Our record appearance maker is perfectly placed to run the rule over Japan having successfully managed J League sides Shimizu S-Pulse and Kashiwa Reysol between 1996-2002. He won the title and the Asian Cup Winners Cup with S-Pulse.

Japan reached the last 16 in South Africa after group wins against Cameroon and Denmarm before bowing out to Paraguay on penalties on Tuesday.

Steve is the subject of the 'Big Q&A' feature in July's issue of hotspur magazine - out this Friday.

Asked if more Japanese players will emerge and to give an insight into their match preparations, Steve answers: "I can certainly see more emerging as they've been showing at the World Cup.

"Don't forget a lot of good international sides were left at home, but they are in South Africa and deserve credit.

"The big difference in my time there was the size of their back-up staff, particularly on the medical side.

"And when they wanted something they simply found the best example in the world and copied it, as one club showed by going to AC Milan and replicating their training ground."

Steve answers a wide range of fans' questions in hotspur - on-sale this Friday...