- Title: CROATIA: BASEBALL: Japan arrive in Zagreb for the Baseball World Cup
- Date: 9th September 2009
- Summary: ZAGREB, CROATIA (SEPTEMBER 7, 2009) (REUTERS) NIGHT STREET SCENE IN ZAGREB, BUS PASSING BY JAPANESE BASEBALL TEAM ARRIVING AT AIRPORT PASSPORT CHECK POINT JAPANESE BASEBALL PLAYERS ARRIVING AT AIRPORT LUGGAGE AREA JAPANESE BASEBALL PLAYERS WAITING FOR LUGGAGE AT AIRPORT JAPANESE BASEBALL PLAYERS AT ARRIVALS AREA JAPANESE BASEBALL PLAYERS EXITING AIRPORT JAPANESE BASEBALL TEAM IN FRONT OF BUS TEAM PUTTING LUGGAGE INTO BUS BUS WITH JAPANESE BASEBALL TEAM LEAVING AIRPORT VARIOUS OF BILLBOARD READING 'BASEBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP'
- Embargoed: 24th September 2009 13:00
- Location: Croatia
- Country: Croatia
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA13346ZK3P7M53D6J2TJNL5K4R
- Story Text: The Japanese national baseball team arrives in Croatia for the first round of the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
The Japanese national baseball team, currently the fourth best team in the world landed in Croatia late on Monday (September 7) night for the first round of the 2009 Baseball World Cup, hoping for a good start to their campaign in the major international championship.
The Japanese made it to third place in the last World Cup in 2007, up from fifth in 2005, and this year hope to continue the marked improvement with a place in the finals.
The 2009 event, bringing together 22 national teams from around the world, is for the first time in its history hosted by a continent rather than an individual country, and will be held in seven European countries between September 9 - 27.
The Japanese team is considered the strongest in group D, which also includes hosts Croatia, Great Britain and Nicaragua.
The top two teams from each World Cup group make it to the next round, which is hosted by several cities in Italy and The Netherlands. The third and fourth rounds are held in cities around Italy and the final will be held in Rome.
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