March 29, 2011 | In: Articles

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni open to Italy friendly match idea

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has welcomed the idea of a friendly game with Italy to assist towards the effort in helping the victims of the Sendai earthquake.

Speaking to ANSA after the Blue Samurai beat a J-League XI 2-1 in a charity match in Osaka, the former Inter, Juventus and Milan coach said: “There is a small chance. Times are tight, but I am in touch with the JFA and the Italian FA with regards to a game.

“It’s difficult, but after such a tragedy, any team would be up for playing a game of this type.”

There are few windows of opportunity for such a game to take place anytime soon as Serie A restarts on Saturday for its final nine games, running through to May 22, with the Coppa Italia final due to be played a week later in the build-up to the Azzurri’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Estonia. In Japan, domestic football has yet to resume following the earthquake, with the postponed games being rescheduled for June.

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