Argentinan's arrive in Japan

World Cup fever moved up a notch in Japan on Thursday as twice winners Argentina touched down and the joint hosts awaited the announcement of their squad.

World Cup fever moved up a notch in Japan on Thursday as twice winners Argentina touched down and the joint hosts awaited the announcement of their squad.

A barrage of camera flashes greeted the Argentine players as they arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo, hoping to ease the pain of their nation's economic crisis.

The players, including Manchester United midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, AS Roma striker Gabriel Batistuta and Lazio's Hernan Crespo, were immediately whisked away to their training camp in Fukushima prefecture, about 200 kilometres north of Tokyo.

The trickle of teams arriving in Japan will turn into a flood over the next few days as national squads and thousands of fans gather for the world's biggest sporting event, being co-hosted for the first time with South Korea.

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