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Flag of Japan Japan
Japan national team
Nickname(s) Samurai Blue
Association Japan Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Flag of Italy Alberto Zaccheroni
Captain Flag of Japan Makoto Hasebe
Most caps Flag of Japan Yasuhito Endō (138)
Top scorer Flag of Japan Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
Ground Saitama Stadium 2002
FIFA code JPN
FIFA ranking 42
Highest FIFA ranking 9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 66 (December 1992)
Elo ranking 25
Highest Elo ranking 8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 112 (September 1962)
First international Flag of Japan.png Japan 0–5 Flag of the People's Republic of China.png China
Biggest win Flag of Japan.png Japan 15–0 Philippines Philippines.png
Biggest defeat Flag of Japan.png Japan 2–15 Philippines Philippines.png
World Cup appearances 5 (First in 1998)
Best result Round of 16, 2002, 2010
Asian Cup appearances 7 (First in 1988)
Best result Champions, 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
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The Japan national football team is the national association football team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

History

Main article: History of the Japan national football team

FIFA World Cup history

Main article: Japan FIFA World Cup history

FIFA World Cup

AFC Asian Cup

Main article: Japan AFC Asian Cup history

Friendly matches 2013-14

Main article: Japan friendly match history

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as preceding A-matches including the Kirin Challenge Cup against Cyprus on 27 May.[1]

Caps and goals as of 2 June 2014, after match against Costa Rica.
# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eiji Kawashima 20 March 1983 (1983-03-20) (age 34) 56 0 Belgium Standard Liège
12 1GK Shūsaku Nishikawa 18 June 1986 (1986-06-18) (age 31) 12 0 Flag of Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
23 1GK Shūichi Gonda 3 March 1989 (1989-03-03) (age 28) 2 0 Flag of Japan FC Tokyo
2 2DF Atsuto Uchida 27 March 1988 (1988-03-27) (age 29) 67 2 Germany Schalke 04
3 2DF Gōtoku Sakai 14 March 1991 (1991-03-14) (age 26) 12 0 Germany Stuttgart
5 2DF Yūto Nagatomo 12 September 1986 (1986-09-12) (age 30) 69 3 Flag of Italy Internazionale
6 2DF Masato Morishige 21 May 1987 (1987-05-21) (age 30) 9 1 Flag of Japan FC Tokyo
15 2DF Yasuyuki Konno 25 January 1983 (1983-01-25) (age 34) 80 1 Flag of Japan Gamba Osaka
19 2DF Masahiko Inoha 28 August 1985 (1985-08-28) (age 31) 21 1 Flag of Japan Júbilo Iwata
21 2DF Hiroki Sakai 12 April 1990 (1990-04-12) (age 27) 17 0 Germany Hannover 96
22 2DF Maya Yoshida 24 August 1988 (1988-08-24) (age 28) 40 2 England Southampton
7 3MF Yasuhito Endō 28 January 1980 (1980-01-28) (age 37) 143 13 Flag of Japan Gamba Osaka
14 3MF Toshihiro Aoyama 22 February 1986 (1986-02-22) (age 31) 5 0 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
16 3MF Hotaru Yamaguchi 6 October 1990 (1990-10-06) (age 26) 11 0 Flag of Japan Cerezo Osaka
17 3MF Makoto Hasebe 18 January 1984 (1984-01-18) (age 33) 78 2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
4 4FW Keisuke Honda 13 June 1986 (1986-06-13) (age 31) 55 20 Flag of Italy Milan
8 4FW Hiroshi Kiyotake 12 November 1989 (1989-11-12) (age 27) 25 1 Germany Nürnberg
9 4FW Shinji Okazaki 16 April 1986 (1986-04-16) (age 31) 75 38 Germany Mainz 05
10 4FW Shinji Kagawa 17 March 1989 (1989-03-17) (age 28) 56 18 England Manchester United
11 4FW Yoichiro Kakitani 3 January 1990 (1990-01-03) (age 27) 11 5 Flag of Japan Cerezo Osaka
13 4FW Yoshito Ōkubo 9 June 1982 (1982-06-09) (age 35) 56 5 Flag of Japan Kawasaki Frontale
18 4FW Yūya Ōsako 18 May 1990 (1990-05-18) (age 27) 8 3 Germany Köln
20 4FW Manabu Saitō 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) (age 27) 4 1 Flag of Japan Yokohama F. Marinos

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Takuto Hayashi 9 August 1982 (1982-08-09) (age 35) 0 0 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
DF Yūichi Komano 25 July 1981 (1981-07-25) (age 36) 78 1 Flag of Japan Júbilo Iwata 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
DF Hiroki Mizumoto 12 September 1985 (1985-09-12) (age 31) 5 0 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
DF Tomoaki Makino 11 May 1987 (1987-05-11) (age 30) 14 1 Flag of Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v. Flag of Ghana.png Ghana, 10 September 2013
DF Yūzō Kurihara 18 September 1983 (1983-09-18) (age 33) 20 3 Flag of Japan Yokohama F. Marinos 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Yūhei Tokunaga 25 September 1983 (1983-09-25) (age 33) 9 0 Flag of Japan FC Tokyo 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Ryōta Moriwaki 6 April 1986 (1986-04-06) (age 31) 3 0 Flag of Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Kazuhiko Chiba 21 June 1985 (1985-06-21) (age 32) 1 0 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Daisuke Suzuki 29 January 1990 (1990-01-29) (age 27) 1 0 Flag of Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
MF Kengo Nakamura 31 October 1980 (1980-10-31) (age 36) 68 6 Flag of Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
MF Hajime Hosogai 10 June 1986 (1986-06-10) (age 31) 26 1 Germany Hertha Berlin 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
MF Hideto Takahashi 17 October 1987 (1987-10-17) (age 29) 7 0 Flag of Japan FC Tokyo v. Netherlands.png Netherlands, 16 November 2013
MF Yōjiro Takahagi 2 August 1986 (1986-08-02) (age 31) 2 0 Flag of Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
MF Takahiro Ōgihara 5 October 1991 (1991-10-05) (age 25) 1 0 Flag of Japan Cerezo Osaka 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Yōhei Toyoda 11 April 1985 (1985-04-11) (age 32) 4 0 Flag of Japan Sagan Tosu 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
FW Takumi Minamino 16 January 1995 (1995-01-16) (age 22) 0 0 Flag of Japan Cerezo Osaka 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[2]
FW Masato Kudo 6 May 1990 (1990-05-06) (age 27) 4 2 Flag of Japan Kashiwa Reysol v. Flag of New Zealand.png New Zealand, 5 March 2014
FW Takashi Inui 2 June 1988 (1988-06-02) (age 29) 12 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v. Netherlands.png Netherlands, 16 November 2013
FW Mike Havenaar 20 May 1987 (1987-05-20) (age 30) 17 4 Netherlands Vitesse v. Belarus Flag.svg Belarus, 15 October 2013
FW Genki Haraguchi 9 May 1991 (1991-05-09) (age 26) 3 0 Germany Hertha Berlin 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Hiroki Yamada 27 December 1988 (1988-12-27) (age 28) 2 0 Flag of Japan Júbilo Iwata 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Ryōichi Maeda 9 October 1981 (1981-10-09) (age 35) 33 10 Flag of Japan Júbilo Iwata 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

Current coaching staff

Alumni

Former players

Main article: List of Japanese international players

Managers

Main article: List of Japanese international managers

Honours

International

Bronze Medal (1): 1968
Runners-Up (1): 2001

Continental

Champions (4): 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
Years (6): 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011

Regional

Champions (3): 1992, 1995, 1998
Champions (1): 2013
Champions (1): 1930

Other

Champions (2): 1993, 2007
Champions (1): 2001
Champions (11): 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

External links

Japan national team
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Football in Japan
League competitions The JFA Cup competitions
J1 League Japan Emperor's Cup
J2 League (U-23) (U-20) J. League Cup
J3 League (U-17) Japanese Super Cup
Japan Football League List of clubs J. League All-Star Soccer
Japanese Regional Leagues List of stadiums Senior Football Championship
List of leagues
Japan national team
Japan – 2010 FIFA World Cup – Round of 16
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Japan national team
Japan – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage

1. Kawashima 2. Uchida 3. G. Sakai 4. Honda 5. Nagatomo 6. Morishige 7. Endō 8. Kiyotake 9. Okazaki 10. Kagawa 11. Kakitani 12. Nishikawa 13. Ōkubo 14. Aoyama 15. Konno 16. Yamaguchi 17. Hasebe (c) 18. Ōsako 19. Inoha 20. Saitō 21. H. Sakai 22. Yoshida 23. Gonda

Japan national team
Japan – 2015 AFC Asian Cup – Knockout stage

1. Kawashima 2. Ueda 3. Ota 4. Honda 5. Nagatomo 6. Morishige 7. Endō 8. Kiyotake 9. Okazaki 10. Kagawa 11. Toyoda 12. Nishikawa 13. Kobayashi 14. Muto 15. Konno 16. Shiotani 17. Hasebe (c) 18. Inui 19. Shoji 20. Shibasaki 21. Sakai 22. Yoshida 23. Higashiguchi

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