Maybe it’s because the co-sponsors of last year’s World Cup became exempt during the qualifying rounds, that I get the feeling that I am forgetting familiar Asia. All of the active transfers of Japanese players to Europe might also be the reason...
It was at the time that the East Asian Qualifying Tournament was held. Compared to the World Cup it’s clearly a lesser tournament but surely there is no better occasion to experience East Asia through soccer.
Having lived in Europe for 22 years and with experience working in 75 countries, photographer Kai SAWABE sends reports and photos from Mongolia, Chinese Taipei, Macau and Guam.
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