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Soccer: Samurai Blue arrive in Russia on eve of FIFA World Cup

Members of Japan's national soccer team arrive in Kazan, Russia, on June 13, 2018. (Mainichi)

KAZAN, Russia -- Japan's national soccer team members arrived here on June 13 where they will stay during the FIFA World Cup that will kick off the next day with a match between host Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The players, who had been training in Austria, waved to supporters as they boarded a bus at the airport in the eastern Russian city. Japan, or Samurai Blue as the team is nicknamed, plays its first match in the global tournament on June 19 against Columbia.

(Japanese original by Naoaki Hasegawa, Photo Department)

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