Soccer: Kiyotake backs Japan to test old homes Germany, Spain

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One of five Japanese to have played in both German and Spanish top divisions, Hiroshi Kiyotake was happy to see his country join the former World Cup winners in Group E of this year's tournament in Qatar. Currently captaining his old side Cerezo Osaka in the J-League first division, the 32-year-old said his sentiment was not necessarily just nostalgia from his time in Europe but more from Japan getting to face two title favorites on the biggest stage. "I've been away from the national team for a while, so I was hoping to see the matchups as an individual Japan fan," Kiyotake, who was last call...

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