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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J. League open to Copa proposal

Kyodo News

The J. League will work to make Japan's trip to the Copa America in Argentina happen as long as the bulk of Alberto Zaccheroni's team is made up of Europe-based players.

J. League chairman Kazumi Ohigashi said on Monday night that he, as well as the 38 J1 and J2 clubs, would still need to hear the details of the Japan Football Association's proposal for the July 1-24 South American continental championship, but is prepared to cooperate if the plan is feasible.

JFA general secretary Kozo Tashima and technical director Hiromi Hara will sell their case to the J. League first division's executive committee meeting on Tuesday.

"It's not like we're in conflict with the JFA," Ohigashi said at JFA House in Tokyo. "That has never been the case."

"Ogura-san has said he wants to go with the overseas players," he said, referring to JFA president Junji Ogura. "We just don't know the nuts and bolts of it. We're not aware of how we're going to do it and with what kind of team."

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