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Game previews: Saturday, July 18

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By Michael Preston

Match up Australia vs. South Korea, Fifth Place Game
Date Saturday, July 18 at noon ET
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast Australia: ESPN3 Australiahttp://espni.go.com/player/welcome/australia/index.htmWorldwide: www.BigTimeSports.com

USA: www.ESPN3.com

WC previous meetings 2015 – Group stages: Australia 47 South Korea 6
Head Coaches Australia – John LeijtenSouth Korea – Sun-Il Beak
Australia in IFAF WC 1999 – Fifth placeGroup stages: L 6-22 vs. Sweden; L 0-54 vs. JapanFifth Place Game: W 10-7 vs. Finland

2003 – Did not participate

2007 – Did not participate

2011 – Eighth place

Group stages: L 61-0 vs. USA; L 65-0 vs. Mexico; L 30-20 vs. Germany

Seventh Place Game: L 48-10 vs. Austria

2015 – Group stages: W 47-6 vs. South Korea; L 53-3 vs. France;

W 16-8 vs. Brazil

Overall record: 3-7

South Korea in IFAF WC 1999 – Did not participate2003 – Did not participate2007 – Fifth place

Group stages: L 32-2 vs. Germany; L 77-0 v. USA

Fifth Place Game: W 3-0 vs. France

2011 – Did not participate

2015 – Group stages: L 47-6 vs. Australia; Bye on July 15

Overall record: 1-3

Website http://ifafworldchampionship.org
Social Media Twitter @IFAFofficialTwitter @USAFootballHash tag #IFAFWC15

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Notes and quotes

Notes: Australia and South Korea meet for a second time at the 2015 IFAF World Championship. … The Outback squad enjoyed a 47-6 win over the Koreans on July 8. … The winner will take fifth place overall. … Australia lost, 53-3, to France on July 12 but rebounded to beat Brazil, 16-8, on July 15. … South Korea lost, 28-0, to Brazil on July 12 and had a bye July 15. … South Korea linebacker Yeo Bong Do scored his nation’s first touchdown in IFAF World Championship history in the last meeting against Australia with a 36-yard interception return in the first quarter and was named his team’s game MVP. … Although South Korea took fifth place at the 2007 tournament, the nation’s win came courtesy of a 3-0 success over France and a touchdown was not scored in two group stages defeats. … Fifth place and three tournament wins would mark the best-ever performance by Australia at an IFAF World Championship. … Australia quarterback Jared Stegman set a tournament record for the most touchdowns (4) thrown in a single game last time against South Korea. … His five TD passes so far in 2015 are one shy of the tournament record of 6 (Michael Faulds, CAN 2011, Joachim Ullrich, GER 2011). … Stegman’s 58-yard touchdown pass to receiver Matt Riles against Brazil was the ninth-longest of all-time in the IFAF World Championship. … Australian running back Conor Foley’s 132 yards against South Korea set a second-best mark all-time. … MVP of Wednesday’s win over Brazil, defensive lineman Carlisle Jones was an assisted tackle short of the all-time record for tackles for a loss of four. … Australia’s Eddie Kocwa split the uprights six times against South Korea on July 9. … Damien Malloy equaled the second-best performance in tournament history with three sacks against South Korea.

Australia linebacker Brad Bennett: “I think we’ve learned a lot of lessons through the three games we’ve played, so we’ll correct those mistakes, whether its alignment or execution and we’ll play fast and hopefully get the result.”

“Their biggest threat is the running game, but I feel like our defense has enough speed to deal with any challenges they pose for us.”

South Korea OL Seung Jun Oh: “We have recovered 99 percent. Some players got hurt, but most of the injured players have recovered. Mentally, we’ve fixed our mistakes. We also studied Australia’s defense and offense, but more than that we’ve covered our mistakes because we made a lot of mistakes: fumbles, bad snaps and missing their gap and man control. We’ve worked on our own assignments.”

“Australia is very fast, but if we do our assignments and our job and make no mistakes, it is possible to win.”

“We had film and enough time to study it, but before we played them the first time we hadn’t seen anything. We are ready.”

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Match up Mexico vs. France, Bronze Medal Game
Date Saturday, July 18 at 3.30pm
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast Worldwide: www.BigTimeSports.comMexico: http://espni.go.com/player/welcome/latam/index.htmUSA: www.ESPN3.com
WC previous meetings First ever WC meeting between the two nations.
Head Coaches Mexico – Raùl Rivera SànchezFrance – Patrick Esume
Mexico in IFAF WC 1999 – Silver medal winnersGroup stages: W 89-0 vs. Finland; W 54-0 vs. ItalyGold medal game: L 6-0 (OT) vs. Japan

2003 – Silver medal winners

Semi finals: W 21-17 vs. Germany

Gold medal game: L 34-14 vs. Japan

2007 – Did not participate

2011 – Fourth place

Group stages: W 22-15 vs. Germany; W 65-0 vs. Australia

L 17-7 vs. USA

Bronze medal game: L 17-14 vs. Japan;

2015 – L 6-30 vs. USA Bye on July 11; L 7-35 vs. Japan

Overall record: 5-6

France in IFAF WC 1999 – Did not participate2003 – Fourth placeSemi final: L 23-6 vs. Japan

Bronze medal game: L 37-7 vs. Germany

2007 – Sixth place

Group stages: L 48-0 vs. Japan; L 16-14 vs. Sweden

Fifth place game: L 3-0 vs. Korea

2011 – Fifth place

Group stages: L 45-10 vs. Canada; L 35-10 vs. Japan;

W 24-16 vs. Austria

Fifth Place Game: L 21-17 vs. Germany

2015 – Group stages: W 31-6 vs. Brazil; W 53-3 vs. Australia;

L vs. USA 0-82

Overall record: 3-9

Website http://ifafworldchampionship.org
Social Media Twitter @IFAFofficialTwitter @USAFootballHash tag #IFAFWC15

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFAF.org

Notes and quotes

Notes: Mexico and France have never met before in the IFAF World Championship. … Mexico is looking to halt a four-game losing streak stretching back to the 2011 group stages and has a losing overall record for the first time in tournament history. … France won back-to-back games for the first time in 2015 but suffered a second-highest points total loss (82-0) to the United States on Wednesday. … Mexico has won two silver medals (1999 and 2003) and a bronze (2011). … This will be Mexico’s second consecutive shot at a bronze medal. … France’s best IFAF World Championship finish was a fourth place finish in 2003. … Mexican quarterback Isaias Arroyo threw a tournament record four interceptions against Japan on Wednesday. … Kicker Jose Maltos owns the IFAF World Championship longest field goal record and second place with successful kicks of 56 and 49 yards from 2011 in Austria. … Defensive lineman Octavio Gonzalez was named MVP of last week’s loss to the United States as he led the team with a sack and a tackle for a loss. … Versatile quarterback Raul Mateos San Roman was MVP against Japan having completed 5-of-10 attempts for 59 yards and led the team in rushing with 12 carries for 66 yards and caught two passes for 36 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown. … French kick returner Anthony Dable recorded the second-longest kickoff return for a touchdown – an 82-yard charge to the end zone against Australia – to back up the 102-yard record he set three days earlier against Brazil. … French running back Nicholas Khandar’s 88-yard scoring run against Australia on July 12 is the longest run from scrimmage and the longest touchdown rush in tournament history.

Mexico head coach Raùl Rivera Sànchez: “Now our focus is on France, and as much as they want to win that medal, we want it also.”

“We have to make improvements and play to the potential we know this team has and get the win and the bronze medal.”

France head coach Patrick Esume: “There has never been a European team that has beaten Japan, Canada, Mexico or the U.S. Never, ever has it been done, so for us to be in the hunt and have a chance to do it, that’s already big. Mexico plays college football, and they have scholarship and guys playing up to seven years in college. It’s a high level, like Division II here in the U.S. In Europe, we play club sport. Guys go to work and then they show up for practice twice a week, so there’s the difference.

“For us to get a chance to compete against the teams that you shouldn’t beat and have a chance to do it, that’s great. We’re going to play not to just be there, but to win.”

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Match up USA vs. Japan, Gold Medal Game
Date Saturday, July 18 at 7pm
Venue Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio, USA
Broadcast USA: www.ESPN3.comWorldwide: www.BigTimeSports.com
WC previous meetings 2007 – Gold Medal game: USA 23 Japan 20 (2OT)2015 – Group stages: USA 43 Japan 18
Head Coaches USA – Dan HawkinsJapan – Japan – Kiyoyuki Mori
United States in IFAF WC 1999 – Did not participate2003 – Did not participate2007 – Gold medal winners

Group stages: W 77-0 vs. Korea; W 33-7 vs. Germany

Gold Medal game: W 23-20 (2OT) vs. Japan

2011 – Gold media winners

Group stages: W 61-0 vs. Australia; W 48-7 vs. Germany;

W 17-7 vs. Mexico

Gold Medal game: W 50-7 vs. Canada

2015 – Group stages: W 30-6 vs. Mexico; W 43-18 vs. Japan

W 82-0 vs. France

Overall record: 10-0

Japan in IFAF WC 1999 – Gold medal winnersGroup stages: W 21-15 vs. Sweden; W 54-0 vs. AustraliaGold medal game: W 6-0 (OT) vs. Mexico

2003 – Gold medal winners

Semi finals: W 23-6 vs. France

Gold medal game: W 34-14 vs. Mexico

2007 – Silver medal winners

Group stages: W 48-0 vs. France; W 48-0 vs. Sweden

Gold media game: L 23-20 (2OT) vs. USA

2011 – Bronze medal winners

Group stages: W 24-6 vs. Austria; W 35-10 vs. France;

L 31-27 vs. Canada

Bronze medal game: W 17-14 vs. Mexico

2015 – Bye on July 9; L 43-18 vs. USA; W 35-7 vs. Mexico

Overall record: 11-3

Website http://ifafworldchampionship.org
Social Media Twitter @IFAFofficialTwitter @USAFootballHash tag #IFAFWC15

Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFAF.org

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Notes and quotes

Notes: A repeat of the 2007 gold medal game when the United States needed double overtime win its first world title with a decisive 23-yard Craig Coffin field goal that sealed a 23-20 victory, handing Japan its first ever IFAF WC defeat. … Japan won the first two IFAF World Championships (1999 in Italy, 2003 in Germany), while USA won the next two (2007 in Japan, 2011 in Austria). … Japan took the silver medal in 2007 and bronze in 2011, making it the only nation to have medaled at all four previous tournaments, a streak that will stretch to five in 2015. … Japan (11-3 overall) has won a record 11 IFAF World Championship games, a mark the U.S. (10-0) can equal Saturday. … When the teams met July 12, the United States won, 43-18. … The U.S. threw a tournament record three interceptions against Japan. … Wide receiver Trent Steelman had sevem receptions against Japan, tied for fourth all-time in a single game. … The U.S. gained a record 580 yards and ran a record 74 total plays vs. Japan. … Japan quarterback Shohei Kato took center stage against the United States as he set IFAF World Championship records for pass attempts and completions, finding his receivers on 28-of-49 attempts in a 43-18 loss. … Kato’s 273 passing yards from Thursday night ranks third on the all-time list in a single game. … Fellow QB Tetsuo Takata’s 223 yards passing against France was ninth overall all-time, and his three TD passes tie for second. … Japanese defensive lineman Yasuo Wakisaka is the only player participating at the 2015 IFAF World Championship who boasts two gold medals in his collection. The 46-year-old veteran also is the only player to have played at each of the four previous IFAF World Championships and has confirmed that 2015 will be his last. … Aaron Wimberly’s 117 rushing yards for the U.S. against France ranks seventh all-time, and his average of 13 yards per attempt was second overall. … Trent Steelman and Ernst Brun of the U.S. and Takashi Kurihara of Japan each scored two touchdowns in Wednesday’s game, one TD shy of the all-time record for touchdowns in a single game. … U.S. kicker Ed Ruhnke’s 10 extra points made against France was one short of the single game record of 11. … Takeshi Miyake equaled the record for interceptions in a single game with two against Mexico. … The United States set a new record for rushing TDs in a game with six against France. … U.S. linebacker B.J. Beatty serves a one-game suspension having been ejected for targeting against France.

United States head coach Dan Hawkins on opponent Japan: “They’re a precision machine. They just don’t make mistakes. You hardly ever see them miss a block or be out of position. They just do everything really well and are very well coached and those guys are tough to beat. They have 11 guys who kind of operate with one heartbeat and one mind. They’ll take advantage of one missed step. And they just keep playing, and you’ve got to have a lot of respect for that.”

Japan head coach Kiyoyuki Mori: “The dedication of all our players and coaches and staff is our strength. We don’t have great size, but we just swarm to the ball, play hard and get the ball. If they have the ball, we never give up.”

Japan defensive lineman Yasuo Wakisaka (age 46, who will retire from international football after the game): “I want to show how good Japanese football is to the world, and this will be my last chance to do that and to win another world championship. I have been playing football for 31 years, and my dream has been to play against the United States in America.”

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