Feyenoord to lose Asian stars
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The reigning Uefa Cup holders are set to lose a number of key players to international commitments with a host of international matches lined up across the globe during that week.
However, Ono (pictured) and Song are likely to cause the Dutch club the most concern since their participation in the friendlies would entail a long flight from Rotterdam to East Asia.
Coach Bert van Marwijk has said earlier this season that he will not release Ono for all of Japan's friendly matches, citing the reason that Ono is suffering from fatigue.
Song has officially been named in the South Korean squad to face Brazil, while Japan have yet to finalise their squad to take on Argentina. However, it remains to be seen if Feyenoord will release the duo.
Meanwhile, new Brazil coach Mario Zagallo has named a full-strength squad against the Koreans. There are few surprises in the squad, which includes 11 players from this summer's World Cup winning side including Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Cafu and Gilberto Silva.
The most notable exclusions are Milan's Rivaldo, who has requested not to play for personal reasons and injured Middlesbrough midfielder Juninho Paulista.