After the opening of Tokyo's JLounge in March, Japan is once again coloured black and white. Juventus are back in the Far East – where they boast a large fanbase and a very active Juventus Club Japan – represented on this occasion by the young talent of the club's academy as they embark on one of the most exotic and exciting trips of their careers.
This morning, the Allievi '98, coached by Giuseppe Zappella, set off for the country that played host to the Old Lady's first Intercontinental Cup. They will meet a youth team from Sagan Tosu on 22 June.
The occasion will also mark the opening of the Japanese club's new training ground: the team from the district of Fukuoka plays in the J-League, where they currently sit second.
Sagan Tosu president Minoru Takehara said he was pleased to invite the Bianconeri Allievi '98 side for their Juventus Under-16 Japan Tour 2014. “I met president Agnelli in March and we spoke about this project, which is now a reality. I hope that some of these young players can take part in the 2020 Olympics which will be held in Tokyo.”
Zappella's Allievi, besides playing on Sunday, will also go on cultural excursions and meet the mayor of the city of Tosu.