Yujiro Samurai Taniyama, Japan Broadcasting.net Editor in chief
Spanish soccer legend Xavi Hernandez predicted that Qatar would defeat Japan in the finals of FIFA-AFC Asian Cup 2019, on a Qatari TV program back in December last year.
Xavi’s bets have not been capricious in any way so far, since he has actually got seven out of eight quarter-finalists correct: Iran, South Korea, Australia, UAE, China, Qatar and Japan. The Spaniard even guessed correctly, that the final match will be played between Doha and Tokyo.
That, I must say is simply splendid. He surely deserves a big credit.
However, the former Barcelona F.C midfielder unfortunately will prove crucially wrong in the upcoming match, scheduled on February 1. Since I predict that it will be the Samurai Blue that will get the last laugh.
Why? There are few reasons for this. First, Nippon has a lethal weapon; a mischievous mascot girl called Fuchico (コップのフチ子）. Whenever she sits on the ‘Fuchi’, or the tip of a glass cup, the Samurais prevail.