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Japan National Football Team

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)
(Samurai Blue)
Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
EAFF (East Asia)
Head coachHajime Moriyasu
CaptainMaya Yoshida
Most capsYasuhito End? (152)
Top scorer
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeJPN
FIFA ranking
Current 28 Steady(16 July 2020)[2]
Highest9 (March 1998)
Lowest62 (December 1992)
First international
 Japan 0-5 China 
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 May 1917)[3]
Biggest win
 Japan 15-0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2-15 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917)[4]
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1998)
Best resultRound of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
Asian Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1988)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
Copa América
Appearances2 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999, 2019)
Confederations Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up (2001)

The Japan national football team (Japanese: , Hepburn: Sakk? Nippon Daihy?), nicknamed the Samurai Blue (), represents Japan in men's international football and it is controlled by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan. The current head coach is Hajime Moriyasu, who is also the current coach of the Japan U-23 team.

Japan was not a major football force until the end of the 1980s, with its team small and amateur, but since the 1990s, when Japanese football became fully professionalized, Japan has quickly emerged as one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last six consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002, 2010, and 2018, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Up to date, Japan remains the only team from the AFC other than Australia to have reached the final of a senior FIFA men's competition.

Japan's incredible transformation from an amateur football team to become a fully professional and Asian powerhouse in just a short amount of time has served as an inspiration and example of how to develop football.[5][6]

Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, North Korea, China and most recently, Australia; though they also develop rivalries against Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Japan was the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999, 2011, 2015, and 2019 editions of the tournament, although they only played in the 1999 and 2019 events.[7]

History

Pre-war Era (1910s-1930s)

Japan's earliest international matches were at the 1917 Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo, where it was represented by a team from the Tokyo Higher Normal School. Although Japan made strong showings in swimming, baseball, and track and field, its football team suffered resounding defeats to the Republic of China and the Philippines.[8] Nevertheless, the game was promoted in Japanese schools in the 1920s.[9] The Japan Football Association was formed in 1921,[10] and Japan joined FIFA in May 1929.[9]

Japan's first "true" national team (as opposed to a university team chosen to represent the country) was fielded at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games, and drew with China for the championship title.[9]Shigeyoshi Suzuki coached the national team to its first Olympic appearance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.[10] Japan was an entrant for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, but withdrew before its scheduled qualifying match against the Dutch East Indies.[11]

After World War II began in earnest, Japan did not play in international competition, except for a handful of matches against Manchuria and other colonies.[9] Its last prewar match for purposes of Elo ratings was a friendly against the Philippines in June 1940.[12]

While Korea was under Japanese rule, several Koreans played in international competition for Japan, including Kim Yong-sik (1936-40), Kim Sung-gan (1940) and Lee Yoo-hyung (1940).

Post-war Era (1950s-1980s)

Japan playing Argentine club Racing de Córdoba at the 1981 President's Cup

Japan's postwar debut was in the 1951 Asian Games in India.[12] Japan re-joined FIFA in 1950 and played in qualifiers for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, but lost the AFC qualifying berth to South Korea after two matches, beginning an intense rivalry.[10] Japan also joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954.[9]

Dettmar Cramer joined the Japan national team as coach in 1960, and helped lead the team to the round of eight at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[13] Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics in 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 would not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 30 years later.[14] Nonetheless, Japan had come close to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but lost to South Korea in the deciding matches.

Japan made its first appearance in the Asian Cup in 1988, where they were eliminated in the group stage following a draw with Iran and losses to South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The late 1980s saw concrete moves to professionalize the sport in Japan. JFA introduced a Special Licensed Player system in 1986, allowing a limited number of professional players to compete in the domestic semi-professional league. Action committees were held in 1988 and 1989 to discuss the introduction of a full professional league in Japan.[13]

1990s: rise

In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional 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 hosted and won the Asian Cup in their second appearance, defeating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final. The 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 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.

The nation's first ever World Cup appearance was in 1998, where Japan lost all their games. The first two fixtures went 1-0 in favour of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both matches. Their campaign ended with a 2-1 defeat to Jamaica.

2000s

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

In the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, Japan managed to reclaim their title after defeating Saudi Arabia in the final, becoming Asian Champions for the second time.

Two years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. After a 2-2 draw with Belgium in their opening match, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win over 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.

The 2004 AFC Asian Cup hosted by China, the Japanese managed to retain the title, though its journey had been more troubling. Facing against an entirely hostile Chinese fans, the Japanese managed to top their group after two wins over Thailand and Oman, before overcame Jordan and Bahrain, both hard-fought games for Japan, to reach the final where they beat host China 3-1.

On 8 June 2005, 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 failed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Australia 1-3, drawing Croatia 0-0 and losing to Brazil 1-4.

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup saw Japan failed to defend the title. Although easily topped ahead of host Vietnam and two Arab rivals, Qatar and the UAE, the Japanese were totally exhausted in their game against Australia, where Japan won only by penalty shootout. Having been exhausted for the win, Japan lost to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals before failed in the third-place match to South Korea.

2010s

During the 2010 World Cup qualification, in the fourth round of the Asian Qualifiers, Japan became the first team other than the host South Africa to qualify after defeating Uzbekistan 1-0 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon, and was not expected highly due to unimpressive results in friendlies.[15] Despite this criticisms, Japan went on to shock its opening match of the 2010 World Cup with a 1-0 win against Cameroon, before subsequently lost to the Netherlands 0-1. Then, Japan resoundingly beat Denmark 3-1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay, making it the first time ever Japan progressed from the group stage without hosting the World Cup. In the first knockout round, Japan were eliminated from the competition following penalties after a 0-0 draw against Paraguay, but received praises for its outstanding performances.

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 recorded victories over Guatemala (2-1) and Paraguay (1-0), as well as one of their best ever results, a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

At the start of 2011, Japan participated in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. On 29 January, they beat 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.[16]

Japan then started their road to 2014 World Cup in Brazil with numerous qualifiers. Throughout, they suffered only two losses to Uzbekistan and Jordan, and drawing against Australia. Afterwards, on 12 October, Japan earned a historic 1-0 victory over France, a team they had never before defeated. After a 1-1 draw with 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 started their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-0 loss to Brazil. They were then eliminated from the competition after losing to 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 and finished in fourth place in Group A. One month later, in the EAFF East Asian Cup, they started out with a 3-3 draw to China. They then beat Australia 3-2 and beat South Korea 2-1 in the third and final match in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup to claim the title. The road to Brazil looked bright as Japan managed a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands and a 2-3 victory over Belgium. This was followed by three straight wins against Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia.

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 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 and Espanyol manager Javier Aguirre took over and Japan lost 0-2 to 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 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 national team vs Paraguay 2008

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 End?, 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 lost to the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw, as Honda and 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 Halilhod?i? in March 2015. Japan started on a rough note during qualification, losing to the UAE 1-2 at home. They then picked up the pace in their other qualifier games against Iraq, Australia, and Thailand, picking up 5 wins and 2 draws. Then, on 31 August 2017, Japan defeated Australia 2-0 at home thus qualifying them for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, making it their sixth successive World Cup. However, the Japan Football Association decided to sack Halilhod?i? on 9 April 2018, only ten weeks before the World Cup finals, citing reasons of a breakdown in relationship between coach and player, and poor recent friendly results, and appoint the Technical Director, Japanese coach Akira Nishino, who had managed the Japanese Under-23 team at the 1996 Olympics, as the new manager.[17]

Japanese players before match with Iran at 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Japan made history in the 2018 FIFA World Cup by defeating Colombia 2-1, their first ever victory by any AFC team against a CONMEBOL team in an official tournament,[18] as well as Japan's first ever victory at the FIFA World Cup finals in UEFA nations. Their second match ended in a draw against Senegal, with one goal scored by Takashi Inui and the other by Keisuke Honda.[19] Japan were defeated in their last group game in the Group H against Poland 0-1,[20] leaving Japan and Senegal tied for second with an identical record, however, as Japan had received two fewer yellow cards, Japan advanced to the knockout stage on the Fair Play Points tiebreaker, the first team to do so.[21] The match with Poland caused controversy; as Japan were made aware of their advantage over Senegal with ten minutes left and decided to play an extremely conservative game, passing the ball around to one another and keeping it in their own box, seeking to avoid any bookings and didn't attempt to take any serious shots on goal, despite losing 0-1, with some fans booing the players.[22][23][24] The match received comparison to the 1982 World Cup Disgrace of Gijón, in which a similar game was played.[25] Japan were the only AFC team to have qualified to the knockout stage.[26] In the Round of 16 against Belgium, Japan took a surprising 2-0 lead with a goal in the 48th minute by Genki Haraguchi and another in the 52nd by Takashi Inui, but yielded 3 goals afterwards, including the winner by Nacer Chadli on the counterattack in the 94th minute. This was Japan's third time having reached the last 16, equaling their best result at a World Cup.[27] Japan's defeat to eventual third-place finishers Belgium was the first time a nation had lost a knockout match at the World Cup after taking a two-goal advantage since England lost to West Germany 2-3 in extra-time in the quarter-final of the 1970 edition.[28][29] However, Japan's impressive performance was praised by fans, pundits and medias for their fighting spirits, as demonstrated by Japan's win over Colombia, a draw to Senegal and a strong counter offensive against heavyweight Belgium.[30]

Japan participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and had an almost successful tournament. The team easily topped group F after defeating Turkmenistan 3-2,[31]Oman 1-0[32] and Uzbekistan 2-1.[33] The team, however, got criticized for its defensive approach, as Japan won the group with only one goal margin wins in all three matches and two later knockout stage's matches as Japan only beat fellow powerhouse Saudi Arabia in the round of sixteen and dark horse Vietnam in the quarter-finals both with 1-0 margin.[34][35] The semi-finals saw Japan put the best performance up to date, thrashing rival powerhouse Iran 3-0 to reach the final.[36] However, Japan's hope to win the fifth Asian Cup in two decades shattered with the team suffered a 1-3 loss to Aspire-based Qatar and finished runners-up of the tournament.[37]

Japan were invited to the 2019 Copa America, their second appearance at the tournament, and brought a young squad to the competition. They were in Group C with Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador. They lost their opening match, 0-4 to Chile.[38] Japan, however, bounced back well and managed to unluckily draw against football giants Uruguay 2-2, who (Uruguay) were deemed to been saved by VAR.[39] Japan needed a win against Ecuador to qualify for the knockouts, however they drew 1-1 and missed out due to inferior goal differences to Paraguay.[40] Aftermath saw Japan played a friendly game against the Paraguayans, and won 2-0 at home.

Japan was grouped with Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. In a pretty easy group, Japan proved to be the dominant force in their group, having cruised Myanmar, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan without conceding a goal so far.

In December, Japan participated in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship hosted in South Korea. Coach Moriyasu summoned a young and inexperienced squad for the competition. With the young squad, Japan only managed to win against China and Hong Kong, and lost to rival South Korea, finished second in the competition.

Team image

Crest

JFA logo used on the kits (2009-2017)

The crest or emblem of the national team was adopted in late 2017 as part of a larger rebranding by the Japan Football Association.[41] The crest features the Yatagarasu, a three-legged crow from Japanese mythology, holding a solid red football. The text "JFA" (for the Japan Football Association) is inscribed at the bottom of the crow. A red stripe is also present at the center of the shield behind the crow. The shield has a metallic gold trim and has a thicker black outline. The name of the country represented by the national team "Japan" is also inscribed within the black border.[42][43]

The previous crest had a shield with a more complex shape. The ball held by the Yatagarasu had white details. The text "Japan" is absent and "JFA" is written in a different typeface.[42]

Names

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Sakk? Nippon Daihy? (), Nippon Daihy? (?), or Daihy? () 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 (, Okada Japan).[44] Recently, the team has been known or nicknamed as the "Samurai Blue", while Japanese news media during the 2018 FIFA World Cup still referred it to by the recently departed manager's (Akira Nishino) last name, as "Nishino Japan" (, Nishino Japan).[45][46]

Kits

Boeing 777-289 Samurai Blue Jet

The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past. In the early 1980s, the kit was white with blue trim. 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). The 1996 design was reproduced in a special kit used against Syria on 7 June 2017.

Japan uses blue and white rather than red and white due to a superstition. Japan used blue shirts in a 3-2 victory over Sweden in the first game of its maiden major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics.[47] When Japan was coached by Kenzo Yokoyama (1988-1992) the kits were red and white, matching the colours of Japan's national flag. After failures at 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1992 Summer Olympics qualifications, the red shirt was scrapped.

In the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Japan temporarily switched the colour of the numbers from white to gold.

Japan's kit is provided by German company Adidas, the team's exclusive kit supplier since April 1999.[48] Before that, Asics and Puma had been the team's official apparel sponsor alongside Adidas.

Sponsorship

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, Kirin, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, JAL, MS&AD Insurance Group, Asahi Shinbun, Mizuho Financial, Daito Trust Construction and KDDI.

Mascot

The mascots are "Karappe" (?) and "Karara" (), two Yatagarasu wearing the Japan national football team kit. The mascots were designed by Japanese manga artist Susumu Matsushita. Each year when a new kit is launched, the mascots change uniforms.[clarification needed]

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Pokémon character Pikachu served as the mascot.[49]

Fan chanting

Fans waving flags in support of the Japanese national team.

Japanese national team supporters are known for chanting "Nippon Ole" (Nippon is the Japanese word for Japan) at home matches.[50]

A match against Peru in 2007

Rivalries

South Korea

Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea. The football rivalry is long-seated and is often seen as an extension of an overall historic rivalry between the 2 nations. Japan met South Korea 79 times, trailing the statistic at 14 wins, 23 draws, and 42 losses. In fixtures against South Korea, Japan scored 70 goals and conceded 153. Both countries have made themselves unrivalled in both Asian Cup and World Cup records, being the two most successful Asian countries, and have hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup in a joint bid.

Australia

Japan began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Australia, shortly after the latter joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).[51] The rivalry is regarded as one of Asia's biggest football rivalries.[52] The rivalry is a relatively recent one, born from a number of highly competitive matches between the two teams since Australia joined the AFC in 2006.[53] The rivalry began at the 2006 World Cup where the two countries were grouped together, and 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.[54] Likewise, Australia and Japan also share a World Cup and continental records that is nearly unrivaled in Asia, and also similar that football is not the main sport in both nations until recently; yet hold an indistinguishable record that being the only two members from the AFC to have reached the final of any senior FIFA competition, both in the defunct FIFA Confederations Cup, albeit Australia achieved it when the country was still belonged to the OFC.[55]

China

Japan also has a long-standing rivalry with China, because of historical tensions between two countries in the past. China is leading the series with 16 wins, with Japan only has 14 wins; however Japan has achieved more successes than China.

Coaching staff

As of 25 May 2020

Hajime Moriyasu, current head coach of Japan
Position Name
Head Coach Japan Hajime Moriyasu
Assistant Coach Japan Akinobu Yokouchi
Assistant Coach Japan Toshihide Saito
Goalkeeping Coach Japan Takashi Shimoda
Physical Coach Japan Ryoichi Matsumoto

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship, held in December 2019.
Caps and goals as of 18 December 2019 after the match against  South Korea.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kosuke Nakamura (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 25) 6 0 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
23 1GK Keisuke Osako (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
12 1GK Ryosuke Kojima (1997-01-30) 30 January 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Japan Albirex Niigata

5 2DF Genta Miura (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 25) 10 1 Japan Gamba Osaka
19 2DF Sho Sasaki (1989-10-02) 2 October 1989 (age 30) 9 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
4 2DF Shinnosuke Hatanaka (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 24) 7 0 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
22 2DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 21) 2 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
2 2DF Daiki Suga (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 21) 1 1 Japan Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo
21 2DF Taiyo Koga (1998-10-28) 28 October 1998 (age 21) 1 0 Japan Kashiwa Reysol
15 2DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe (1997-02-05) 5 February 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Japan FC Tokyo

8 3MF Yosuke Ideguchi (1996-08-23) 23 August 1996 (age 23) 15 2 Japan Gamba Osaka
18 3MF Kento Hashimoto (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 26) 7 0 Russia Rostov
6 3MF Ryota Oshima (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 27) 7 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
16 3MF Yuki Soma (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Japan Kashima Antlers
7 3MF Keita Endo (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Germany Union Berlin
14 3MF Tsukasa Morishima (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
10 3MF Teruhito Nakagawa (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 28) 2 0 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
17 3MF Ao Tanaka (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 21) 2 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
3 3MF Shunta Tanaka (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Japan Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo

9 4FW Musashi Suzuki (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 26) 7 1 Belgium K Beerschot VA
13 4FW Ayase Ueda (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 21) 6 0 Japan Kashima Antlers
11 4FW Kyosuke Tagawa (1999-02-11) 11 February 1999 (age 21) 2 1 Japan FC Tokyo
20 4FW Koki Ogawa (1997-08-08) 8 August 1997 (age 23) 1 3 Japan Júbilo Iwata

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Eiji Kawashima (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 37) 91 0 France Strasbourg v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
GK Sh?ichi Gonda (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 31) 16 0 Portugal Portimonense v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
GK Daniel Schmidt (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 28) 5 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019

DF Sei Muroya (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Japan FC Tokyo 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship INJ
DF Naomichi Ueda (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 25) 11 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
DF Shintaro Kurumaya (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 (age 28) 4 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
DF Hayato Araki (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
DF Ryosuke Shindo (1996-06-07) 7 June 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Japan Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
DF Yuto Nagatomo (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 33) 122 4 Unattached v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
DF Maya Yoshida (captain) (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 31) 100 11 Italy Sampdoria v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
DF Hiroki Sakai (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 30) 61 1 France Marseille v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
DF Koki Anzai (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Portugal Portimonense v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
DF Takehiro Tomiyasu (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 21) 18 1 Italy Bologna v.  Mongolia, 10 October 2019

MF Genki Haraguchi (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 29) 53 11 Germany Hannover 96 v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Hotaru Yamaguchi (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 29) 48 3 Japan Vissel Kobe v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Gaku Shibasaki (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 28) 45 3 Spain Deportivo La Coruña v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Takuma Asano (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 25) 20 4 Serbia Partizan v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Shoya Nakajima (1994-08-23) 23 August 1994 (age 25) 19 5 Portugal Porto v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Kyogo Furuhashi (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Japan Vissel Kobe v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
MF Takumi Minamino (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 25) 22 11 England Liverpool v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
MF Wataru Endo (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 27) 22 1 Germany VfB Stuttgart v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
MF Junya Ito (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 27) 17 2 Belgium Genk v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
MF Daichi Kamada (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 24) 4 1 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Kyrgyzstan, 14 November 2019
MF Ritsu Doan (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 22) 18 3 Netherlands PSV v.  Tajikistan, 15 October 2019
MF Takefusa Kubo (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 19) 7 0 Spain Villarreal v.  Tajikistan, 15 October 2019
MF Ko Itakura (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Netherlands Groningen v.  Tajikistan, 15 October 2019

FW Kensuke Nagai (1989-03-05) 5 March 1989 (age 31) 12 3 Japan FC Tokyo v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
FW Ado Onaiwu (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos v.  Venezuela, 19 November 2019
FW Yuya Osako (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 30) 45 15 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Myanmar, 10 September 2019

INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from national team.
U23 Included in the U-23 National Team.
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Previous squads

Individual records

Statistics below are from matches which the Japan Football Association consider as official.[56][57][58][59]

Bold players are still active.
Updated to 14 November 2019:

Team records

Updated 23 January 2015[60]

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 - 17 December 1970 vs. India
8, 14 March 1993 vs. United States - 5 May 1995 vs. Sri Lanka
8, 26 May 1996 vs. Yugoslavia - 12 December 1996 vs. 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 - 28 December 1958 vs. Malaya
Most consecutive matches without victory
11, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma - 15 June 1976 vs. South Korea
Most consecutive draws
4, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma - 20 August 1976 vs. Malaysia
Most consecutive matches scoring
13, 19 December 1966 vs. Singapore - 16 October 1969 vs. Australia
13, 7 February 2004 vs. Malaysia - 24 July 2004 vs. Thailand
Most consecutive matches without scoring
6, 18 June 1989 vs. 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
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal
7, 19 November 2003 vs. Cameroon - 18 February 2004 vs. Oman

Individual awards

Years: 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011
Years: 2002

Results and fixtures

2019

5 September 2019 Kirin Challenge Cup 2019Japan 2-0 ParaguayKashima, Japan
19:20 (UTC+9) Osako Goal 23
Minamino Goal 30
Report Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
Attendance: 29,071
Referee: Kim Jong-hyeok (South Korea)
10 September 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Second RoundMyanmar 0-2 JapanYangon, Myanmar
18:50 UTC+6:30 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Nakajima Goal 16
Minamino Goal 26
Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 25,500
Referee: Ahmad Yacoub Ibrahim (Jordan)
10 October 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Second RoundJapan 6-0 MongoliaSaitama, Japan
19:35 UTC+9 Minamino Goal 22
Yoshida Goal 29
Nagatomo Goal 33
Nagai Goal 40
Endo Goal 57
Kamada Goal 82
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 43,122
Referee: Chae Sang-hyeop (South Korea)
15 October 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Second RoundTajikistan 0-3 JapanDushanbe, Tajikistan
17:15 UTC+5 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Minamino Goal 5355
Asano Goal 82
Stadium: Pamir Stadium
Referee: Zaid Thamer (Iraq)
14 November 2019 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification - AFC Second RoundKyrgyzstan 0-2 JapanBishkek, Kyrgyzstan
17:18 UTC+6 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Minamino Goal 41 (pen.)
Haraguchi Goal 54
Stadium: Dolen Omurzakov Stadium
Attendance: 17,543
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hoish (Saudi Arabia)
19 November 2019 Kirin Challenge Cup 2019Japan 1-4 VenezuelaSuita, Japan
19:25 (UTC+9) Yamaguchi Goal 70 Report Rondón Goal 83134
Soteldo Goal 38
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Attendance: 33,399
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
10 December 2019 2019 EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipChina PR 1-2 JapanBusan, South Korea
19:30 (UTC+9) Report
Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium
Attendance: 800
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
14 December 2019 2019 EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipJapan 5-0 Hong KongBusan, South Korea
19:30 (UTC+9)
Report Stadium: Busan Gudeok Stadium
Attendance: 1,276
Referee: Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob (Malaysia)
18 December 2019 2019 EAFF E-1 Football ChampionshipSouth Korea 1-0 JapanBusan, South Korea
19:30 (UTC+9) Report Stadium: Busan Asiad Main Stadium
Attendance: 29,252
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)

2020

2021

Future Schedules

Managers

As of 10 December 2019

Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Win %
Japan Masujiro Nishida 1923 2 0 0 2 0%
Japan Goro Yamada 1925 2 0 0 2 0%
Vacant 1925 2 1 0 1 50%
Japan Shigeyoshi Suzuki (1st) 1930 2 1 1 0 50%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1st) 1934 3 1 0 2 33.33%
Japan Shigeyoshi Suzuki (2nd) 1936 2 1 1 0 50%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (2nd) 1940 1 1 0 0 100%
Japan Hirokazu Ninomiya 1951 3 1 1 1 33.33%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (3rd) 1954-56 12 2 4 6 16.66%
Japan Taizo Kawamoto 1958 2 0 0 2 0%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (4th) 1958-59 12 4 2 6 33.33%
Vacant 1960 1 0 0 1 0%
Japan Hidetoki Takahashi 1961-1962 14 3 2 9 21.43%
Japan Ken Naganuma (1st) 1963-1969 31 18 7 6 58.06%
Japan Shunichiro Okano 1970-1971 19 11 2 6 57.90%
Japan Ken Naganuma (2nd) 1972-1976 42 16 6 20 38.09%
Japan Hiroshi Ninomiya 1976-1978 27 6 6 15 22.22%
Japan Yukio Shimomura 1979-1980 14 8 4 2 57.14%
Japan Masashi Watanabe 1980 3 2 0 1 66.67%
Japan Sabur? Kawabuchi 1980-1981 10 3 2 5 30%
Japan Takaji Mori 1981-1985 43 22 5 16 51.16%
Japan Yoshinobu Ishii 1986-1987 17 11 2 4 64.70%
Japan Kenzo Yokoyama 1988-1991 24 5 7 12 20.83%
Netherlands Hans Ooft 1992-1993 27 16 7 4 59.25%
Brazil Paulo Roberto Falcão 1994 9 3 4 2 33.33%
Japan Shu Kamo 1994-1997 46 23 10 13 50%
Japan Takeshi Okada (1st) 1997-1998 15 5 4 6 33.33%
France Philippe Troussier 1998-2002 50 23 16 11 46%
Brazil Zico 2002-2006 71 37 16 18 52.11%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Osim 2006-2007 20 13 5 3 65%
Japan Takeshi Okada (2nd) 2007-2010 50 26 13 11 52%
Japan Hiromi Hara (caretaker) 2010 2 2 0 0 100%
Italy Alberto Zaccheroni 2010-2014 55 30 12 13 54.54%
Mexico Javier Aguirre 2014-2015 10 7 1 2 70%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhod?i? 2015-2018 36 21 8 7 57.58%
Japan Akira Nishino 2018 7 2 1 4 28.57%
Japan Hajime Moriyasu 2018- 26 18 4 4 69.23%
Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Win %

Head-to-head record against other countries

As of 19 November 2019.

Year Pld W D L GF GA GD
AFC 498 261 104 133 960 539 +421
CAF 34 20 6 8 56 35 +21
CONCACAF 27 16 5 6 62 30 +32
CONMEBOL 63 16 18 29 63 105 -42
OFC 6 3 0 3 10 8 +2
UEFA 112 34 23 55 137 186 -49
Total 740 350 156 234 1,288 903 +385

FIFA rankings

Last update was on 25 October 2018. Source:[61]

     Worst Ranking       Best Ranking       Worst Mover       Best Mover  

Japan's FIFA world rankings
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
28 2019 23 15 3 5 26 Increase 29 33 Decrease 7
50 2018 14 6 3 5 41 Increase 7 61 Decrease 5
57 2017 13 6 3 4 40 Increase 7 57 Decrease 11
45 2016 10 7 1 2 45 Increase 8 58 Decrease 7
53 2015 17 11 5 1 50 Increase 5 58 Decrease 8
54 2014 13 7 2 4 54 Increase 2 44 Decrease 4
47 2013 19 8 3 8 21 Increase 2 48 Decrease 7
22 2012 12 8 2 2 19 Increase 7 33 Decrease 11
19 2011 15 9 5 1 13 Increase 12 29 Decrease 2
29 2010 18 8 4 6 29 Increase 13 46 Decrease 6
43 2009 17 11 3 3 31 Increase 4 43 Decrease 9
35 2008 19 10 7 2 32 Increase 4 38 Decrease 6
34 2007 13 7 5 1 30 Increase 7 46 Decrease 5
     47 2006 19 9 4 6 15 Increase 1 49 Decrease 13
15 2005 20 11 3 6 13 Increase 5 19 Decrease 4
17 2004 22 17 2 3 17 Increase 4 29 Decrease 1
29 2003 16 6 5 5 22 Increase 2 29 Decrease 3
22 2002 13 5 5 3 22 Increase 8 38 Decrease 4
34 2001 13 6 3 4 26 Increase 11 44 Decrease 9
     38 2000 18 10 6 2 34 Increase 15 62 Decrease 6
57 1999 7 0 4 3 33 Increase 0 57 Decrease 13
     20 1998 18 7 2 8 9 Increase 10 30 Decrease 10
14 1997 22 11 7 4 14 Increase 4 20 Decrease 2
21 1996 13 10 1 2 20 Increase 6 30 Decrease 2
31 1995 17 6 4 7 31 Increase 7 41 Decrease 8
36 1994 9 3 4 2 36 Increase 14 54 Decrease 12
     43 1993 16 11 3 2 43 Increase 23 44 Decrease 1
66 1992 Increase Decrease

Honours

Intercontinental

Med 3.png Bronze medalists: 1968
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2001

Continental

Med 1.png Champions: 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2019
Fourth place: 2007
Med 3.png Third place: 1951, 1966
Fourth place: 1970

Regional

Med 1.png Champions: 1930
Med 1.png Champions: 1992, 1995, 1998
Fourth place: 1990
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2003, 2005, 2008
Med 3.png Third place: 2010
Med 1.png Champions: 2013
Fourth place: 2015
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2017,2019

Other

Med 1.png Champions: 1993, 2007
Med 1.png Champions: 2001

Minor-friendly

Med 1.png Champions: (12): 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015

Achievements

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

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter No qualification
Italy 1934 Did not enter
France 1938 Withdrew Withdrew
Brazil 1950 Suspended from FIFA Suspended from FIFA
Switzerland 1954 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 7
Sweden 1958 Did not enter Did not enter
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
England 1966 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 4 8
West Germany 1974 4 1 0 3 5 4
Argentina 1978 4 0 1 3 0 5
Spain 1982 4 2 0 2 4 2
Mexico 1986 8 5 1 2 15 5
Italy 1990 6 2 3 1 7 3
United States 1994 13 9 3 1 35 6
France 1998 Group stage 31st 3 0 0 3 1 4 15 9 5 1 51 12
South Korea Japan 2002 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 5 3 Qualified as hosts
Germany 2006 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 12 11 0 1 25 5
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 4 2 14 8 4 2 23 9
Brazil 2014 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 6 14 8 3 3 30 8
Russia 2018 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 6 7 18 13 3 2 44 7
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 6/23 21 5 5 11 20 29 120 68 26 26 247 85

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record AFC Asian Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Hong Kong 1956 Withdrew Withdrew
South Korea 1960 Withdrew
Israel 1964 Withdrew
Iran 1968 Did not qualify 4 3 1 0 8 4
Thailand 1972 Withdrew Withdrew
Iran 1976 Did not qualify 5 2 1 2 4 4
Kuwait 1980 Withdrew Withdrew
Singapore 1984 Withdrew
Qatar 1988 Group stage 10th 4 0 1 3 0 6 4 2 1 1 6 3
Japan 1992 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 6 3 Qualified as hosts
United Arab Emirates 1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 0 1 7 3 Qualified as champions
Lebanon 2000 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 21 6 3 3 0 0 15 0
China 2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 13 6 Qualified as champions
Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Vietnam 2007 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 11 7 6 5 0 1 15 2
Qatar 2011 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 14 6 6 5 0 1 17 4
Australia 2015 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 1 Qualified as champions
United Arab Emirates 2019 Runners-up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 8 7 1 0 27 0
China 2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 4 Titles 9/17 48 30 12 6 92 44 36 27 4 5 92 17

Copa América

Japan is the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited to the 1999 Copa América.[7] Japan was also invited to the 2011 tournament and initially accepted the invitation. However, following the 2011 T?hoku earthquake and tsunami, the JFA later withdrew on 16 May 2011, citing the difficulty of releasing some Japanese players from European teams to play as replacements.[62] On the next day, CONMEBOL invited Costa Rica to replace Japan in the competition.

On 16 August 2013, CONMEBOL president Eugenio Figueredo announced that Japan was invited to the 2015 Copa América.[63] However, Japan later declined the invitation due to scheduling problems.[64]

On 14 May 2018, CONMEBOL announced that Japan, alongside Qatar, would be the two invited teams for the 2019 Copa América.[65]

CONMEBOL Copa América record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Paraguay 1999 Group stage 10th 3 0 1 2 3 8
Argentina 2011 Withdrew
Chile 2015 Withdrew
Brazil 2019 Group stage 9th 3 0 2 1 3 7
Total Group stage 2/46 6 0 3 3 6 15

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did not qualify
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 1 Squad
France 2003 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 3 Squad
Germany 2005 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 9 Squad
Russia 2017 Did not qualify
Total Runners-up 5/10 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.

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
India 1951 Third place 3 1 1 1 4 3
Philippines 1954 10th 2 0 0 2 5 8
Japan 1958 12th 2 0 0 2 0 3
Indonesia 1962 6th 3 1 0 2 3 4
Thailand 1966 Third place 7 6 0 1 18 5
Thailand 1970 Fourth place 7 5 0 2 8 5
Iran 1974 9th 3 1 1 1 5 4
Thailand 1978 9th 3 1 0 2 5 5
India 1982 5th 4 3 0 1 6 3
South Korea 1986 9th 4 2 0 2 9 4
China 1990 8th 3 1 0 2 3 3
Japan 1994 7th 4 1 2 1 9 5
Thailand 1998 9th 5 3 0 2 8 4
2002-present See Japan national under-23 football team
Total 13/13 50 25 4 21 83 56

See also

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Preceded by
1988 Saudi Arabia 
Asian Champions
1992 (1st title)
Succeeded by
1996 Saudi Arabia 
Preceded by
1996 Saudi Arabia 
Asian Champions
2000 (2nd title)
2004 (3rd title)
Succeeded by
2007 Iraq 
Preceded by
2007 Iraq 
Asian Champions
2011 (4th title)
Succeeded by
2015 Australia 

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