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'Leggy' Swedes have no advantage: coach

AFP · 13 Jul 2011, 07:23

Published: 13 Jul 2011 07:23 GMT+02:00

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The Swedes beat Australia 3-1 in Sunday's quarter-final to book their place in the last four and while Dennerby thinks the set-pieces will be a factor, he is more concerned about how well the Japanese pass the ball.

To compare the height of the two squads, Japan has only one player over 1.70m tall, while Sweden have only five players under 1.70m.

Sweden drew 1-1 with Japan in a pre-World Cup warm-up game in Bochum in

late June and Japanese midfielder Aya Miyama admits her team struggled against the taller Scandinavians.

"The Swedish players are big and they have very long legs, especially in one-on-one situations, our legs can't reach out so far, so we have to be careful of those longs legs," she said with a grin.

But Sweden's Dennerby played down the height factor, refusing to underestimate the team spirit Japan showed to shock hosts Germany and knock out the defending champions with a 1-0 victory in Saturday's quarter-final.

"They are a nice team to play, because they like to pass the ball well and play it on the ground, they are also very compact," said Dennerby.

"When the ball is on the ground it doesn't matter how tall your players

are, it's not basketball."

"Look at the great players like (Lionel) Messi or Maradona, they aren't


"It's very hard to beat Germany in Germany, we know Japan are going to be

one of the teams you can count on," Dennerby said.

"They are a strong team, they have key players like (captain Homare) Sawa,

she is a really good player, probably one of the best in the tournament."

Sweden skipper Caroline Seger admitted Japan's historic win over the Germans had not been easy viewing.

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"I watched the game against Japan and I got stressed a few times about how fast they moved the ball and used the spaces," said the 25-year-old.

"They are a great team and also not conceding any goals against Germany is

impressive in itself."

While Sweden striker Lotta Schelin is suffering with a cold, she is expected to be fit to play and Seger gave a blunt response when asked how her team will break the Japanese resistance.

"How will we break their defence? We will score more goals," she said with

a smile.

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Your comments about this article

13:19 July 13, 2011 by Jes
The Swedish team is blessed with a lot of tough lesbians ; so , it should be able to stream-roll the small women from Japan

If it is not 4-0 . I will ask for a refund
14:57 July 13, 2011 by astrogenic
@ Jes.

What are you talking about? You speak no sense.

What if these lesbian Swedish players start fancying Japanese girls during the football match "because" they are lesbians??

I won't therefore be surprised if the game turns out to be a close match and Japanese ladies win 1-0 over the Swedish team because homosexuality isn't that much promoted in Japan.

Now, that's talking sense! ;-)
15:40 July 13, 2011 by muscle
@astrogenic, and @Jes

sense or nonsense....i would love to see them live on the ground :D
19:05 July 13, 2011 by Jes
@astrogenic , I am aware that Japan is not a homosexualilty orienteted country like Sweden is . That is why I wondered , ( rather sarcasitically ) if is sensibly fair for Japanese females to play against Swedish lesbians . I mean -- some of these Swedish players have "wives" and kids at home !

btw : I am not saying that there is something wrong with lesbianism . All that I am saying is that there is a reason why women are called women . That definition should be extended into football culture . Women who carry male hormons are much stronger more aggresive and faster than those who don`t .

@muscle , the live show will not be a cat-fight- sadly--------------------!
22:29 July 13, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Straight or Gay who cares lets hope for a win for Sweden.
22:49 July 13, 2011 by Smokebox
Too bad they lost. The long legs didn't work!!!!
02:56 July 14, 2011 by Alfred Nevada
I just wish that Sweden beat the Japanese team, that would have been a lot better!

I guess it makes me feel sad that they lost :( but I hope they beat France now to win the third place!

P.S. No the Swedish girls are not homos that is dumb!
07:16 July 14, 2011 by Grokh
Swedish team sucked vs japan, i blame the coach and lack of gameplan, the team was clearly disorganized, didnt play defense didnt play posession didnt play attack didnt play anything.

and also did not use the swedish physical to play pressure nor the swedish heigh to play aereal.

very bad coach.

Best teams ive seen play this tourny have been Japan, germany, france, and brazil.

hopefully japan will win this in the name of good football because usa sure as hell hasnt played it.
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