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World Cup 2014 Japan National Team

  • FIFA country code: JPN
  • FIFA member since: 1929
  • Confederation: AFC
  • Confederation member since: 1954
  • Sub confederation: EAFF
  • Association: Nippon Sakkā Kyōkai
  • In English: Japan Football Association (JFA)
  • Association founded: 1921
  • Most caps: Yasuhito Endō (+140 and still counting)
  • Top scorer: Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
  • 1st World Cup win: 1-0 Russia in South Korea/Japan ’02
  • 1st World Cup goal scorer: Masashi Nakayama (1998)
  • World Cup top scorer: Junichi Inamoto, Keisuke Honda (2)

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Japan Football Association logo

 

 

World Cup 2014 Japan National Team

World Cup 2014 Japan Schedule Group C

Match
Date
Time
City
Country
Results
Country
5 14/06 13:00 Belo Horizonte World Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia team Colombia Greece World Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team
6 14/06 22:00 Recife World Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast team Ivory Coast Japan World Cup Brazil 2014 Japan team
21 19/06 13:00 Brasilia World Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia team Colombia Ivory Coast World Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast team
22 19/06 19:00 Natal World Cup Brazil 2014 Japan team Japan Greece World Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team
37 24/06 16:00 Cuiabá World Cup Brazil 2014 Japan team Japan Colombia World Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia team
38 24/06 17:00 Fortaleza World Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team Greece Ivory Coast World Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast team

Japan is the 2nd country to have qualified for the World Cup Brazil on the 4th of June 2013. The decisive match was against Australia in the 4th round qualifications. The World Cup 2014 Japan national team was given a penalty taken by Keisuke Honda within the last seconds before the end of the match. This resulted in a 1-1 draw, ensuring Japan a fixed first place in Group B of the 4th qualification round and a World Cup ticket.

 

Team
MP
W
D
L
GF
GA
Pts
World Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia team Colombia
World Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team Greece
World Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast team Ivory Coast
World Cup Brazil 2014 Japan team Japan

 

World Cup 2014 Japan Players

The 23 players who have been selected for the World Cup 2014 Japan national team are:

Goalkeepers
Defenders
Midfielders
Forwards
Eiji Kawashima
Shusaku Nishikawa
Shuichi Gonda
Yasuyuki Konno
Masahiko Inoha
Yuto Nagatomo
Masato Morishige
Atsuto Uchida
Maya Yoshida
Hiroki Sakai
Gotoku Sakai
Yasuhito Endo
Makoto Hasebe
Toshihiro Aoyama
Hotaru Yamaguchi
Keisuke Honda
Shinji Kagawa
Yoshito Okubo
Shinji Okazaki
Hiroshi Kiyotake
Yoichiro Kakitani
Manabu Saito
Yuya Osako

Head Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni (Italian)
Captain: Makoto Hasebe

World Cup 2014 Japan National Team Jerseys

Japan home and away jerseys by Adidas

Japan World Cup History

How Many World Cups Played: 4

Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
1998 Group Stage 31 3 0 0 3 1 4
2002 Round of 16 9 4 2 1 1 5 3
2006 Group Stage 28 3 0 1 2 2 7
2010 Round of 16 9 4 2 1 1 4 2
Best/Total Round of 16 9 14 4 3 7 12 16

GP=Games played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GS=Goals scored, GA=Goals against

Best Performance

2002 – Round of 16: With occupying the first position in group H, Japan reached the Round of 16 but lost with 1-0 to Turkey.

Worst Performance

1998 – Group stage: Japan ended up finishing last in group H with 0 points.

Did You Know Japan:

  • Has the following nickname: Samurai Blue
  • Has a nickname nowadays used often by the media, which includes the name of the coach, so currently Japan is also referred as Zaccheroni Japan or Zac Japan
  • Is rivals with South Korea and China
  • Participated in every World Cup since their first participation in the 1998 World Cup
  • Did not have a professional domestic league for a long time, whichprevented them from qualifying for a World Cup sooner due to lack of experience and growth
  • Gained their first World Cup victory in 2002, against Russia (1-0) played in Japan
  • Made football famous and more respectable in Japan due to the 2002 World Cup
  • Will be based in Itu, São Paulo during the 2014 World Cup

Curious which place FIFA gave Japan in their official ranking? Find out now! Or do you want to know more about the World Cups Japan has played? Increase your World Cup history knowledge now!

Japan in Action

Japan Defeats Russia With 1-0 – 2002 World Cup

 

 

Japan Defeats Tunisia With 2-0 – 2002 World Cup

 

 

Japan Defeats Denmark With 3-1 – 2010 World Cup

 

 

Japan Loses Memorable Round of 16 Against Paraguay – 2010 World Cup

 

 

Japan: 2014 World Cup Profile

 

 

2014 World Cup Team Profile: JAPAN

 

 

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