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Author Archive for Akihiko Kawabata

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Makoto Hasebe: slow starter whose diligence paid off with Japan captaincy

Makoto Hasebe’s rise to becoming a stalwart for Japan and in the Bundesliga owes much to the backing of his late grandfather This article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisati…

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Japan World Cup 2018 team guide: tactics, key players and expert predictions

The sacking of Vahid Halilhodzic two months before the World Cup has left many scratching their heads although Akira Nishino’s appointment suggests a more attacking philosophyThis article is part of the Guardian’s 2018 World Cup Experts’ Network, a coo…