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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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World Cup 2014 Japan National Team

World Cup 2014 Japan Schedule Group C

MatchDateTimeCityCountryResultsCountry
514/0613:00Belo HorizonteWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia teamColombia3-0GreeceWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team
614/0622:00RecifeWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast teamIvory Coast2-1JapanWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Japan team
2119/0613:00BrasiliaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia teamColombia2-1Ivory CoastWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast team
2219/0619:00NatalWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Japan teamJapan0-0GreeceWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Greece team
3724/0616:00CuiabáWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Japan teamJapan1-4ColombiaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia team
3824/0617:00FortalezaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Greece teamGreece2-1Ivory CoastWorld 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.

 TeamMPWDLGFGAPts
World Cup Brazil 2014 Colombia teamColombia3300929
World Cup Brazil 2014 Greece teamGreece3111244
World Cup Brazil 2014 Ivory Coast teamIvory Coast3102453
World Cup Brazil 2014 Japan teamJapan3012261

World Cup 2014 Japan Players

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

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

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Japan World Cup History

How Many World Cups Played: 4

YearRoundPositionGPWDLGSGA
1998Group Stage31300314
2002Round of 169421153
2006Group Stage28301227
2010Round of 169421142
Best/TotalRound of 169144371216

 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, which prevented 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

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