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Knee ligament injuries in soccer players

This chapter performs a computerised notational analysis of games in the Asian Final Qualifying Matches (AFQM) so that the playing patterns and problems of the respective teams may be examined, with particular emphasis on the Japan National Team. In the 1994 AFQM, Japan drew with Saudi Arabia who qualified for the World Cup, and won against Korea. Eventually, Japan was eliminated by goal difference. These results demonstrated the improvement of Japan in technical performance. The playing patterns of Japan in the AFQM differed from those of Saudi Arabia. Using strong defensive performance as its main tactic, Saudi Arabia probably tried to take advantage of limited scoring chances by launching swift attacks on the goal. There is a common tendency among the four teams whereby the number of passes increases in the middle field, and decreases in the defensive and offensive areas. The mountain shaped distribution is a general characteristic of soccer game performance.