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The JAPAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM (サッカー日本代表, Sakkā Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan
Japan
in association football and is operated by the Japan
Japan
Football Association (JFA), the governing body for association football in Japan
Japan
. The current head coach is Vahid Halilhodžić .

Japan
Japan
is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last five consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002 and 2010 , and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992 , 2000 , 2004 ">

Japan
Japan
is the only team from outside the Americas
Americas
to participate in the Copa América , having been invited in 1999 and 2011 . Although they initially accepted the invitation for the 2011 tournament, the JFA later withdrew following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami .

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Sakkā Nippon Daihyō (サッカー日本代表), Nippon Daihyō (日本代表), or Daihyō (代表) as abbreviated expressions. Although the team does not have an official nickname as such, it is often known by the name of the manager. For example, under Takeshi Okada , the team was known as Okada Japan
Japan
(岡田ジャパン, Okada Japan). Recently, the team has been known or nicknamed as the "Samurai Blue", while Japanese news media still refer it to by the manager's last name, as "Halilhodžić Japan" (ハリルホジッチジャパン, Hariruhojitchi Japan), or "Halil Japan" (ハリルジャパン, Hariru Japan) in an abbreviated form.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Rivalries

* 3 Team image

* 3.1 Fan Chanting * 3.2 Kits and colors * 3.3 Sponsorship * 3.4 Mascot

* 4 Competitive record

* 4.1 All time results

* 5 Recent results and fixtures * 6 Coaching

* 7 Players

* 7.1 Current squad * 7.2 Recent call-ups * 7.3 Records * 7.4 Rosters

* 8 Managers

* 9 Competitions

* 9.1 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
* 9.2 AFC Asian Cup * 9.3 FIFA Confederations Cup * 9.4 Olympic Games * 9.5 Copa América

* 10 Head-to-head records against other countries * 11 FIFA ranking * 12 Team Records

* 13 Honors

* 13.1 International * 13.2 Continental * 13.3 Regional * 13.4 Other * 13.5 Invitational * 13.6 Individual Awards

* 14 See also * 15 References * 16 External links

HISTORY

Japan
Japan
against Brazil
Brazil
at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics
1968 Summer Olympics
in Mexico City
Mexico City
, where the team won the bronze medal . Although this result earned the sport increased recognition in Japan, the absence of a professional domestic league hindered its growth and Japan
Japan
would not qualify for the FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
until 30 years later. However, Japan
Japan
made its first appearance in the Asian Cup in 1988, where they were eliminated in the group stage following a draw with Iran
Iran
and losses to South Korea
South Korea
, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar
Qatar
.

In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional Japan
Japan
Soccer League agreed to disband the league and re-form as the professional J. League , partly to raise the sport's profile and to strengthen the national team program. The following year Japan
Japan
hosted and won the Asian Cup in their second appearance, defeating Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
1–0 in the final. The J. League
J. League
was officially launched in 1993, causing interest in football and the national team to grow.

However, in its first attempt to qualify with professional players, Japan
Japan
narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 World Cup after drawing with Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the " Agony of Doha ". Japan's next tournament was a defence of their continental title at the 1996 Asian Cup. The team won all their games in the group stage but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a 2–0 loss to Kuwait
Kuwait
.

The nation's first ever World Cup appearance was in 1998 , where Japan
Japan
lost all their games. The first two fixtures went 1–0 in favour of Argentina
Argentina
and Croatia , despite playing well in both matches. Their campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to Jamaica . In the 2000 Asian Cup, Japan
Japan
managed to reclaim their title after defeating Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
in the final, becoming Asian Champions for the second time.

Two years later, Japan
Japan
co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. After a 2–2 draw with Belgium
Belgium
in their opening match, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1–0 win over Russia
Russia
and a 2–0 victory against Tunisia . However, they subsequently exited the tournament during the round of 16, after losing 1–0 to eventual third-place finishers Turkey .

On 8 June 2005, Japan
Japan
qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2–0 on neutral ground. However, Japan
Japan
failed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Australia
Australia
1–3, drawing Croatia 0–0 and losing to Brazil 1–4.

During the 2010 World Cup qualification , in the fourth round of the Asian Qualifiers , Japan
Japan
became the first team other than the host South Africa
South Africa
to qualify after defeating Uzbekistan 1–0 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands
Netherlands
, Denmark and Cameroon . Japan
Japan
won its opening match of the 2010 World Cup 1–0 against Cameroon, but subsequently lost to the Netherlands
Netherlands
0–1 before defeating Denmark 3–1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay . In the first knockout round, Japan
Japan
were eliminated from the competition following penalties after a 0–0 draw against Paraguay.

After the World Cup, head coach Takeshi Okada resigned. He was replaced by former Juventus and Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni . In his first few matches, Japan
Japan
recorded victories over Guatemala (2–1) and Paraguay
Paraguay
(1–0), as well as one of their best ever results, a 1–0 victory over Argentina.

At the start of 2011, Japan
Japan
participated in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. On 29 January, they beat Australia
Australia
1–0 in the final after extra time, their fourth Asian Cup triumph and allowing them to qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup .

Japan
Japan
then started their road to 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Brazil
with numerous qualifiers. Throughout, they suffered only two losses to Uzbekistan and Jordan , and drawing against Australia. Afterwards, on 12 October, Japan
Japan
earned a historic 1–0 victory over France
France
, a team they had never before defeated. After a 1–1 draw with Australia
Australia
they qualified for the 2014 World Cup, becoming the first nation (outside of Brazil, who hosted the tournament and qualified automatically) to qualify.

Japan
Japan
started their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign with a 3–0 loss to Brazil. They were then eliminated from the competition after losing to Italy
Italy
3–4 in a hard-fought match but received praise for their style of play in the match. They lost their final match 1–2 against Mexico
Mexico
and finished in fourth place in Group A. One month later, in the EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup
, they started out with a 3–3 draw to China
China
. They then beat Australia
Australia
3–2 and beat South Korea
South Korea
2–1 in the third and final match in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup
to claim the title. The road to Brazil
Brazil
looked bright as Japan
Japan
managed a 2–2 draw with the Netherlands
Netherlands
and a 2–3 victory over Belgium. This was followed by three straight wins against Cyprus , Costa Rica and Zambia .

Japan
Japan
was placed into Group C at the 2014 World Cup alongside the Ivory Coast , Greece and Colombia . They fell in their first match to Ivory Coast 2–1 despite initially taking the lead, allowing two goals in a two-minute span. They drew their second game to Greece 0–0. To qualify for the second round, they needed a victory against Colombia and needed Greece to beat Ivory Coast. Greece beat Ivory Coast 2–1, but Japan
Japan
could not perform well against Colombia and were beaten 4–1, eliminating them from the World Cup. Alberto Zaccheroni resigned as head coach after the World Cup. In July 2014, former Mexico
Mexico
and Espanyol manager Javier Aguirre
Javier Aguirre
took over and Japan lost 0–2 to Uruguay
Uruguay
in the first game he managed.

Aguirre would begin a strong revamp of the team, switching out Zaccheroni's long-used 4–2–3–1 formation for his own 4–3–3 and applied this with a roster of the J.League's finest, dropping many regulars. A 2–2 draw against Venezuela was followed by a 1–0 victory over Jamaica . However, they lost their following match to Brazil
Brazil
4–0, with Neymar scoring all four goals. Japan's sights turned to January and their title defense at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup .

Japan
Japan
won its opening match at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Group D against Asian Cup debutantes Palestine 4–0, with goals from Yasuhito Endō , Shinji Okazaki , Keisuke Honda via a penalty and Maya Yoshida . Okazaki was named man of the match. They then faced Iraq and Jordan in their next group matches, which they won 1–0 and 2–0 respectively. They qualified to knockout stage as Group D winner with nine points, seven goals scored and no goals conceded. In the quarter-finals, Japan
Japan
lost to the United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
in a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw, as Honda and Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa
missed their penalty kicks. Japan's elimination marked their worst performance in the tournament in 19 years.

After the Asian Cup, Aguirre was sacked following allegations of corruption during a prior tenure. He was replaced by Vahid Halilhodžić in March 2015.

RIVALRIES

Main article: Japan–South Korea football rivalry Main article: Australia– Japan
Japan
football rivalry

Japan
Japan
maintains a strong rivalry with South Korea
South Korea
. Japan
Japan
has played 76 matches against the South Korean football team with 14 victories, 22 draws, and 40 losses. The football rivalry is long-seated and is often seen as an extension of an overall rivalry that runs deep between the two nations. Controversies occasionally flare up between matches between the two nations, most recently at the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup , where at the final match of the tournament, played between South Korea
South Korea
and Japan
Japan
on 28 July, South Korean fans booed the start of the Japanese anthem and later upped the political sloganeering with a banner that covered most of the width of one end of the ground that read, in Korean, "The nation that forgets history has no future."(Korean: 역사를 잊은 민족에게 미래는 없다), in response to the Japanese Rising Sun Flag
Rising Sun Flag
, apparently aiming at the Japanese leaders' reluctance to admit to wrongdoings during its militaristic and colonial past, after they displayed huge pictures of Ahn Jung-geun , who assassinated the first Prime Minister of Japan
Japan
and then-Japanese Resident-General of Korea Itō Hirobumi back in 1909, and Yi Sun-sin
Yi Sun-sin
, a Korean naval commander who is famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty back in the 16th century.

Japan
Japan
began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Australia
Australia
, shortly after the latter joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The rivalry is regarded as one of Asia's biggest football rivalries. The rivalry is a relatively recent one, born from a number of highly competitive matches between the two teams since Australia
Australia
joined the AFC in 2006. The rivalry began at the 2006 World Cup where the two countries were grouped together. The rivalry continued with the two countries meeting regularly in various AFC competitions, such as the 2007 AFC Asian Cup , the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final and the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup
.

TEAM IMAGE

Supporters of the Japanese national team during a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
. 30 January 2008

FAN CHANTING

Japanese national team supporters are known for chanting "Nippon Ole" (Nippon is the Japanese term for Japan) at home matches.

KITS AND COLORS

Japan's kit is provided by German company Adidas
Adidas
, the team's official apparel sponsor since 1986.

The home kit consists of a blue jersey with Japan's crest and flag on the chest, blue shorts with bright pink patches on the side and blue socks with pink tops. The away kit is neon yellow, accented with navy blue and orange. In the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Japan
Japan
temporarily switched the colour of the numbers from white to gold.

Prior to Adidas, Asics and Puma had been the team's official apparel sponsor. The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past. In the early 1980s, the kit was white with blue trim. When Japan
Japan
was coached by Kenzo Yokoyama (1988–1991) the kits were red and white, matching the colors of Japan's national flag. The kits worn for the 1992 Asian Cup consisted of white stripes (stylized to form a wing) with red diamonds. During Japan's first World Cup appearance in 1996 Asian Cup and in 1998, the national team kits were blue jerseys with red and white flame designs on the sleeves, and were designed by JFA (with the sponsor alternating each year between Asics, Puma and Adidas). This design is reproduced in the current kit, adopted in 2017.

Japan
Japan
uses blue and white rather than red and white due to a superstition. In its first major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics, Japan
Japan
used a blue kit in the match against Sweden, where Japan
Japan
won 3–2. Home

1917 1950–75 1975–79 1979–80 1980–83 1983–86 1986–87 1988–91

1991–92 1992–96 1996–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2001 2002–03 2004–05

2005–07 2008–09 2009–11 2012–13 2013–15

Away

1980–81 1984–85 1985 1998–99 1999–2000 2001 2002–03 2004–05

2006–07 2008–09 2010–11 2012–13 2014–15

SPONSORSHIP

Japan
Japan
has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Adidas
Adidas
, Kirin , Saison Card International , FamilyMart , JAL , Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance , Asahi Shinbun , Mizuho Financial , Daito Trust Construction and KDDI
KDDI
.

MASCOT

The mascots are "Karappe" (カラッペ) and "Karara" (カララ), two Yatagarasu wearing the Japan
Japan
national football team uniform. The mascots were designed by Japanese manga artist Susumu Matsushita . Each year when a new kit is launched, the mascots change uniforms.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
, the Pokémon character Pikachu served as the mascot.

COMPETITIVE RECORD

ALL TIME RESULTS

Main article: Japan
Japan
national football team results and fixtures

RECENT RESULTS AND FIXTURES

DATE OPPONENT RESULT SCORE* VENUE COMPETITION

3 June 2016 Bulgaria
Bulgaria
W 7–2 Toyota Stadium , Toyota , Japan
Japan
Kirin Cup
Kirin Cup
Soccer 2016 Semi Final

7 June 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
L 1–2 Suita City Football Stadium , Suita
Suita
, Japan
Japan
Kirin Cup
Kirin Cup
Soccer 2016 Final

1 September 2016 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
L 1–2 Saitama Stadium 2002 , Saitama , Japan
Japan
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

6 September 2016 Thailand
Thailand
W 2–0 Rajamangala Stadium , Bangkok
Bangkok
, Thailand
Thailand
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

6 October 2016 Iraq W 2–1 Saitama Stadium 2002 , Saitama , Japan
Japan
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

11 October 2016 Australia
Australia
D 1–1 Docklands Stadium
Docklands Stadium
, Melbourne
Melbourne
, Australia
Australia
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

11 November 2016 Oman W 4–0 Kashima Soccer Stadium , Kashima , Japan
Japan
Kirin Challenge Cup 2016

15 November 2016 Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
W 2–1 Saitama Stadium 2002 , Saitama , Japan
Japan
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

23 March 2017 United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
W 2–0 Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
, Al Ain
Al Ain
, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

28 March 2017 Thailand
Thailand
W 4–0 Saitama Stadium 2002 , Saitama , Japan
Japan
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

7 June 2017 Syria D 1–1 Tokyo
Tokyo
Stadium , Chōfu , Japan
Japan
Kirin Challenge Cup 2017

13 June 2017 Iraq D 1–1 Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium , Tehran
Tehran
, Iran
Iran
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

31 August 2017 Australia
Australia

Saitama Stadium 2002 , Saitama , Japan
Japan
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

5 September 2017 Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

King Fahd International Stadium , Riyadh
Riyadh
, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
2018 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
qualification – AFC Third Round

8 December 2017 North Korea

Sapporo Dome
Sapporo Dome
, Sapporo
Sapporo
2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship

? December 2017 China
China
PR

Suita City Football Stadium , Osaka
Osaka
2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship

16 December 2017 South Korea
South Korea

Ajinomoto Stadium
Ajinomoto Stadium
, Tokyo
Tokyo
2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship

* Japan
Japan
score always listed first

Win Draw Loss

COACHING

POSITION NAME

Head Coach Vahid Halilhodžić

Assistant Coach Jacky Bonnevay

Assistant Coach Makoto Teguramori

Physical Coach Cyril Moine

Conditioning Coach Naoki Hayakawa

Goalkeeping Coach Enver Lugušić

Goalkeeping Coach Yukiya Hamano

PLAYERS

CURRENT SQUAD

* THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS WERE CALLED UP FOR A FRIENDLY GAME AND A MATCH FOR 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP QUALIFIER MATCHES : * MATCH DATE: 7th and 13th June 2017 * OPPOSITION: Syria and Iraq * Caps and goals are correct as of 13th June 2017, after the match against Iraq .

0#0 POS. PLAYER DATE OF BIRTH (AGE) CAPS GOALS CLUB

1 1GK EIJI KAWASHIMA (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 34) 76 0 Metz

12 1GK MASAAKI HIGASHIGUCHI (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 31) 2 0 Gamba Osaka
Osaka

23 1GK KOSUKE NAKAMURA (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Kashiwa Reysol

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5 2DF YūTO NAGATOMO (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 30) 95 3 Internazionale

22 2DF MAYA YOSHIDA (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 28) 75 10 Southampton

21 2DF GōTOKU SAKAI (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 26) 35 0 Hamburger SV
Hamburger SV

19 2DF HIROKI SAKAI (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 27) 36 0 Marseille

20 2DF TOMOAKI MAKINO (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 (age 30) 24 2 Urawa Red Diamonds

3 2DF GEN SHōJI (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Kashima Antlers
Kashima Antlers

13 2DF GENTA MIURA (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 22) 0 0 Gamba Osaka
Osaka

2 2DF TOMOYA UGAJIN (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 29) 0 0 Urawa Red Diamonds

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4 3MF KEISUKE HONDA (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 31) 90 36 Pachuca

17 3MF YASUYUKI KONNO (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 34) 90 4 Gamba Osaka
Osaka

16 3MF HOTARU YAMAGUCHI (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 26) 33 2 Cerezo Osaka
Osaka

6 3MF WATARU ENDO (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 24) 8 0 Urawa Red Diamonds

14 3MF YOSUKE IDEGUCHI (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Gamba Osaka
Osaka

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9 4FW SHINJI OKAZAKI (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 31) 109 50 Leicester City

8 4FW GENKI HARAGUCHI (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 26) 24 6 Hertha BSC

7 4FW SHU KURATA (1988-11-26) 26 November 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Gamba Osaka
Osaka

10 4FW TAKASHI INUI (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 29) 20 2 Eibar

15 4FW YUYA OSAKO (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 27) 20 6 1. FC Köln

18 4FW TAKUMA ASANO (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 22) 11 2 VfB Stuttgart

11 4FW YUYA KUBO (1993-12-24) 24 December 1993 (age 23) 6 2 Gent

RECENT CALL-UPS

The following players have been called up to the Japan
Japan
squad in last 12 months.

POS. PLAYER DATE OF BIRTH (AGE) CAPS GOALS CLUB LATEST CALL-UP

GK SHūSAKU NISHIKAWA (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 31) 31 0 Urawa Red Diamonds v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017

GK AKIHIRO HAYASHI (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 30) 0 0 FC Tokyo
Tokyo
v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017

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DF MASATO MORISHIGE (1987-05-21) 21 May 1987 (age 30) 41 2 FC Tokyo
Tokyo
v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017

DF NAOMICHI UEDA (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Kashima Antlers
Kashima Antlers
v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017

DF YUICHI MARUYAMA (1989-06-16) 16 June 1989 (age 28) 2 0 FC Tokyo
Tokyo
v. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
, 15 November 2016

DF KōSUKE ŌTA (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 30) 6 0 FC Tokyo
Tokyo
v. Australia
Australia
, 11 October 2016

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MF TAKASHI USAMI (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 25) 19 3 FC Augsburg v. Syria , 7 June 2017

MF KOHEI KATO (1989-06-14) 14 June 1989 (age 28) 0 0 Beroe Stara Zagora v. Syria , 7 June 2017

MF SHINJI KAGAWA (1989-03-17) 17 March 1989 (age 28) 87 28 Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
v. Syria , 7 June 2017 INJ

MF MAKOTO HASEBE (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 33) 104 2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt
v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017 INJ

MF HIROSHI KIYOTAKE (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 27) 44 5 Cerezo Osaka
Osaka
v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017 INJ

MF YOJIRO TAKAHAGI (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 31) 2 0 FC Tokyo
Tokyo
v. United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
, 23 March 2017

MF YūKI KOBAYASHI (1992-04-24) 24 April 1992 (age 25) 2 1 Heerenveen v. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
, 15 November 2016

MF RYOTA NAGAKI (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 29) 1 0 Kashima Antlers
Kashima Antlers
v. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
, 15 November 2016

MF YōSUKE KASHIWAGI (1987-12-15) 15 December 1987 (age 29) 11 0 Urawa Red Diamonds v. Australia
Australia
, 11 October 2016

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FW YU KOBAYASHI (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 29) 8 0 Kawasaki Frontale v. Thailand
Thailand
, 28 March 2017

FW MANABU SAITō (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 27) 6 1 Yokohama F. Marinos v. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
, 15 November 2016

FW YOSHINORI MUTō (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 25) 19 2 Mainz 05 v. Thailand
Thailand
, 6 September 2016

* INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury. * PRE Preliminary squad. * RET Retired from national team. * SUS Player suspended

RECORDS

Statistics below are from matches which the Japan
Japan
Football Association consider as official.

Updated to 13th June 2017:

Most Caps # PLAYER CAPS GOALS CAREER

1 Yasuhito Endō 152 15 2002–2015

2 Masami Ihara 122 5 1988–1999

3 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 0 1997–2010

4 Yuji Nakazawa 110 17 1999–2010

5 SHINJI OKAZAKI 109 50 2008–

6 MAKOTO HASEBE 104 2 2006–

7 Shunsuke Nakamura 98 24 2000–2010

8 YUTO NAGATOMO 95 3 2008–

9 KEISUKE HONDA 90 36 2008-

YASUYUKI KONNO 4 2004–

Top Goalscorers # PLAYER GOALS CAPS CAREER

1 Kunishige Kamamoto 80 84 1964–1977

2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55 89 1990–2000

3 SHINJI OKAZAKI 50 109 2008–

4 Hiromi Hara 37 75 1978–1988

5 KEISUKE HONDA 36 90 2008–

6 SHINJI KAGAWA 28 87 2008–

7 Takuya Takagi 27 44 1992–1997

8 Kazushi Kimura 26 54 1979–1986

9 Shunsuke Nakamura 24 98 2000–2010

10 Naohiro Takahara 23 57 2000–2008

ROSTERS

FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

* 1998 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
* 2002 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
* 2006 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
* 2010 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup
* 2014 FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

AFC Asian Cup

* 1988 AFC Asian Cup * 1992 AFC Asian Cup * 1996 AFC Asian Cup * 2000 AFC Asian Cup * 2004 AFC Asian Cup * 2007 AFC Asian Cup * 2011 AFC Asian Cup * 2015 AFC Asian Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

* 1995 FIFA Confederations Cup * 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup * 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup * 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup * 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

Olympic Games

* 1936 Olympics * 1956 Olympics * 1964 Olympics * 1968 Olympics

EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup

* 2003 East Asian Football Championship * 2005 East Asian Football Championship * 2008 East Asian Football Championship * 2010 East Asian Football Championship * 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup
* 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
EAFF East Asian Cup

Copa América

* 1999 Copa América

MANAGERS

As of 19 June 2017

MANAGER PERIOD RECORD

MATCHES WON DRAW LOST WIN %

Masujiro Nishida 1923 2 0 0 2 0%

Goro Yamada 1925 2 0 0 2 0%

Vacant 1925 2 1 0 1 50%

Shigeyoshi Suzuki (1st) 1930 2 1 1 0 50%

Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1st) 1934 3 1 0 2 33.33%

Shigeyoshi Suzuki (2nd) 1936 2 1 1 0 50%

Shigemaru Takenokoshi (2nd) 1940 1 1 0 0 100%

Hirokazu Ninomiya 1951 3 1 1 1 33.33%

Shigemaru Takenokoshi (3rd) 1954–56 12 2 4 6 16.66%

Taizo Kawamoto 1958 2 0 0 2 0%

Shigemaru Takenokoshi (4th) 1958–59 12 4 2 6 33.33%

Vacant 1960 1 0 0 1 0%

Hidetoki Takahashi 1961–1962 14 3 2 9 21.43%

Ken Naganuma (1st) 1963–1969 31 18 7 6 58.06%

Shunichiro Okano 1970–1971 19 11 2 6 57.90%

Ken Naganuma (2nd) 1972–1976 42 16 6 20 38.09%

Hiroshi Ninomiya 1976–1978 27 6 6 15 22.22%

Yukio Shimomura 1979–1980 14 8 4 2 57.14%

Masashi Watanabe 1980 3 2 0 1 66.67%

Saburō Kawabuchi 1980–1981 10 3 2 5 30%

Takaji Mori 1981–1985 43 22 5 16 51.16%

Yoshinobu Ishii 1986–1987 17 11 2 4 64.70%

Kenzo Yokoyama 1988–1991 24 5 7 12 20.83%

Hans Ooft 1992–1993 27 16 7 4 59.25%

Falcão 1994 9 3 4 2 33.33%

Shu Kamo 1994–1997 46 23 10 13 50%

Takeshi Okada (1st) 1997–1998 15 5 4 6 33.33%

Philippe Troussier 1998–2002 50 23 16 11 46%

Zico
Zico
2002–2006 71 37 16 18 52.11%

Ivica Osim
Ivica Osim
2006–2007 20 13 5 3 65%

Takeshi Okada (2nd) 2007–2010 50 26 13 11 52%

Hiromi Hara (caretaker) 2010 2 2 0 0 100%

Alberto Zaccheroni 2010–2014 55 30 12 13 54.54%

Javier Aguirre
Javier Aguirre
2014–2015 10 7 1 2 70%

Vahid Halilhodžić 2015–Present 27 17 7 3 62.96%

COMPETITIONS

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts . Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA WORLD CUP

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Japan
at the FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup

FIFA WORLD CUP FINALS RECORD

QUALIFICATIONS RECORD

HOSTS / YEAR RESULT POSITION GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA

1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - -

1934 - - - - - -

1938 Withdrew - - - - - -

1950 Withdrew - - - - - -

1954 Did Not Qualify 2 0 1 1 3 7

1958 Did Not Enter - - - - - -

1962 Did Not Qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4

1966 Did Not Enter - - - - - -

1970 Did Not Qualify 4 0 2 2 4 8

1974 4 1 0 3 5 4

1978 4 0 1 3 0 5

1982 4 2 0 2 4 2

1986 8 5 1 2 15 5

1990 6 2 3 1 7 3

1994 13 9 3 1 35 6

1998 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 1 4 15 9 5 1 51 12

2002 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 5 3 - - - - - -

2006 Group Stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 11 0 1 25 5

2010 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 4 2 14 8 4 2 23 9

2014 Group Stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 6 14 8 3 3 30 8

2018 To be determined - - - - - -

2022 To be determined - - - - - -

TOTAL ROUND OF 16 5/22 17 4 4 9 14 22

140 84 28 28 238 90

AFC ASIAN CUP

AFC ASIAN CUP FINALS RECORD

QUALIFICATIONS RECORD

HOSTS / YEAR RESULT POSITION GP W D* L GS GA GP W D* L GS GA

1956 Withdrew - - - - - -

1960 - - - - - -

1964 - - - - - -

1968 Did Not Qualify 4 3 1 0 8 4

1972 Withdrew - - - - - -

1976 Did Not Qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4

1980 Withdrew - - - - - -

1984 - - - - - -

1988 Group Stage 10th 4 0 1 3 0 6 4 2 1 1 6 3

1992 CHAMPIONS 1ST 5 3 2 0 6 3 - - - - - -

1996 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 3 0 1 7 3 - - - - - -

2000 CHAMPIONS 1ST 6 5 1 0 21 6 3 3 0 0 15 0

2004 CHAMPIONS 1ST 6 4 2 0 13 6 - - - - - -

2007 FOURTH PLACE 4TH 6 2 3 1 11 7 6 5 0 1 15 2

2011 CHAMPIONS 1ST 6 4 2 0 14 6 6 5 0 1 17 4

2015 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 1 - - - - - -

2019 Qualified

8 7 1 0 27 0

TOTAL 4 TITLES 9/17 41 24 12 5 80 38

35 26 4 5 91 17

FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP RECORD

HOSTS / YEAR RESULT POSITION PLD W D * L GF GA SQUAD

1992 Did Not Qualify

1995 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad

1997 Did Not Qualify

1999

2001 RUNNERS-UP 2ND 5 3 1 1 6 1 Squad

2003 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 3 Squad

2005 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad

2009 Did Not Qualify

2013 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 9 Squad

2017 Did Not Qualify

TOTAL RUNNERS-UP 5/11 16 5 2 9 19 25 -

OLYMPIC GAMES

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over 23 years age, and the achievements of this team are not generally regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

OLYMPIC GAMES RECORD

HOSTS / YEAR RESULT POSITION GP W D* L GS GA

1908 Did Not Enter

1912

1920

1924

1928

1936 Quarter-Finals 8th 2 1 0 1 3 10

1948 Did Not Enter

1952

1956 Group Stage 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2

1960 Did Not Qualify

1964 Quarter-Finals 8th 3 1 0 2 5 9

1968 THIRD PLACE 3RD 6 3 2 1 9 8

1972 Did Not Enter

1976 Did Not Qualify

1980 Did Not Enter

1984 Did Not Qualify

1988

1992 – present See Japan
Japan
national under-23 team

TOTAL 1 BRONZE MEDAL 5/25 31 13 4 14 40 54

COPA AMéRICA

Japan
Japan
is the only team from outside the Americas
Americas
to participate in the Copa América , having been invited in both 1999 and 2011 . However, Japan
Japan
declined their invitation on May 16, 2011 after events related with the difficulty to release some Japanese players from European teams to play as a replacement. On May 17, 2011, CONMEBOL invited Costa Rica to replace Japan
Japan
in the competition, the Costa Rican Football Federation accepted their invitation later that day.

CONMEBOL
CONMEBOL
COPA AMéRICA RECORD

HOSTS / YEAR RESULT POSITION GP W D* L GS GA

1999 Group Stage 10th 3 0 1 2 3 8

2011 Withdrew

2015 Withdrew

2019 Invited

TOTAL GROUP STAGE 2/44 3 0 1 2 3 8

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS AGAINST OTHER COUNTRIES

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Japan
national football team head to head

FIFA RANKING

Last updated 11 April 2017

KEY TO FIFA WORLD RANKINGS TABLE

Highest position

Lowest position

YEAR JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

2017 46 52 51 44 44

TEAM RECORDS

As of 23 January 2015 Biggest victory 15–0 vs Philippines , 27 September 1967 Heaviest defeat 15–2 vs Philippines , 10 May 1917 Most consecutive victories 8, 8 August 1970 vs. Indonesia
Indonesia
– 17 December 1970 vs. India 8, 14 March 1993 vs. United States
United States
– 5 May 1995 vs. Sri Lanka 8, 26 May 1996 vs. Yugoslavia – 12 December 1996 vs. China
China
Most consecutive matches without defeat 20, 24 June 2010 vs. Denmark – 11 November 2011 vs. Tajikistan Most consecutive defeats 6, 10 June 1956 vs. South Korea
South Korea
– 28 December 1958 vs. Malaya Most consecutive matches without victory 11, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma – 15 June 1976 vs. South Korea
South Korea
Most consecutive draws 4, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma – 20 August 1976 vs. Malaya Most consecutive matches scoring 13, 19 December 1966 vs. Singapore
Singapore
– 16 October 1969 vs. Australia
Australia
13, 7 February 2004 vs. Malaysia
Malaysia
– 24 July 2004 vs. Thailand
Thailand
Most consecutive matches without scoring 6, 18 June 1989 vs. Hong Kong
Hong Kong
– 31 July 1990 vs. North Korea Most consecutive matches conceding a goal 28, 6 November 1960 vs. South Korea – 11 December 1966 vs. Iran
Iran
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal 7, 19 November 2003 vs. Cameroon – 18 February 2004 vs. Oman

HONORS

INTERNATIONAL

* OLYMPIC GAMES

Bronze Medal (1): 1968

* FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP

Runners-Up (1): 2001

CONTINENTAL

* AFC ASIAN CUP

Champions (4): 1992 , 2000 , 2004 , 2011

REGIONAL

* DYNASTY CUP

Champions (3): 1992 , 1995 , 1998

* EAFF EAST ASIAN CUP

Champions (1): 2013

* FAR EASTERN GAMES

Champions (1): 1930

OTHER

* AFRO-ASIAN CUP OF NATIONS

Champions (2): 1993, 2007

* AFC – OFC CHALLENGE CUP

Champions (1): 2001

INVITATIONAL

* KIRIN CUP

Champions (11): 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

* JAPAN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS GRAND PRIZE

Years (1): 2002

* AFC NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

Years (5): 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011

SEE ALSO

* List of Japan
Japan
international footballers * Japan–South Korea football rivalry * Japan
Japan
Football Association * Football in Japan
Japan
* Japan
Japan
national under-23 football team * Sport in Japan
Japan

REFERENCES

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ASIAN CHAMPIONS 1992 (1st Title) Succeeded by 1996 Saudi Arabia
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ASIAN CHAMPIONS 2000 (2st Title) 2004 (3st Title) Succeeded by 2007 Iraq

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