Co-hosts Japan earned their first ever World Cup point when they
held Belgium in a thrilling opening group H game. Heartstopper! - Images from the
Co-hosts Japan fancy their chances in a group comprising Belgium, Russia and Tunisia. This optimism is fueled by the local J-league, perhaps the most exciting soccer league in Asia. The squad is bolstered by several stars playing in the European continent. And it is coached by
Frenchman Philippe Troussier, who has nurtured this team.
Japan has traveled beyond Asia and played friendlies to prepare
for the World Cup. Such homework should prove useful.