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Urawa Red Diamonds - Leading Interest in Football in Japan!

Considered one of the top clubs in the world, Japan’s Urawa Reds are repeatedly asked to play friendly matches against teams around the world in the off-season, most notably against Manchester United and Bayern Munich in recent years.

Since the London Olympics, football in Japan continues to attract attention. With many Japanese players moving to European clubs and brewing excitement for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, that interest is sure to rise.

Credit: Urawa Reds

In London, Japan won 38 medals, the most in the country’s history, and football was in the spotlight as the men’s team made it to the bronze medal match and the women’s squad faced the United States in the final. Though both suffered losses, the country looked on with anticipation, supporting their teams to the bitter end. The broadcast of the women’s final recorded a TV viewing rating of 19.4% in Japan despite being televised at four in the morning!

Many young Japanese players have flourished in European clubs in recent years, raising the bar and drawing more attention to the sport. Manchester United’s Shinji Kagawa is a notable Japanese player who has become a star at Old Trafford Stadium and receives a lot of media attention back home.

DHL looks forward to continuing to support the Reds as the Official Logistics Partner in the future.