Soccer: Japan stopper Schmidt staring down friend and foe in Qatar

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Kyodo News

Japanese goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt faces formidable challenges at the soccer World Cup in Qatar, both from world-class opponents and teammates who want his place on the pitch. Within his own squad there is a battle for the No. 1 status, with the U.S.-born 30-year-old vying for the starting spot with J-League-based teammate Shuichi Gonda and former long-time incumbent Eiji Kawashima. Schmidt is a possible starter in Japan’s first match against Germany due to his imposing physical tools and current form but until the lineup is announced Monday, only manager Hajime Moriyasu knows. A clean sheet i…

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