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Japan national football team

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association 日本サッカー協会
(Japan Football Association)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Vahid Halilhodžić
Captain Makoto Hasebe
Most caps Yasuhito Endō (152)
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
FIFA code JPN
FIFA ranking
Current 55 Increase 3 (1 October 2015)
Highest 9 (February 1998)
Lowest 62 (February 2000)
Elo ranking
Current 28 (8 October 2015)
Highest 8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest 42 (September 1962)
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo; 9 May 1917)
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 10 May 1917)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1998)
Best result Round of 16: 2002 and 2010
Asian Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1988)
Best result Champions: 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011
Copa América
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result Group Stage: 1999
Confederations Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1995)
Best result Runners-up: 2001

The Japan national football team (サッカー日本代表 Sakkā Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for association football in Japan. The current head coach is Vahid Halilhodžić.[1]

Japan is one of the most successful football teams in Asia, having qualified for the last five consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times in 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea and, most recently, Australia.

Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999 and 2011.[2] Although they initially accepted the invitation for the 2011 tournament, the JFA later withdrew following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[3]

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 (岡田ジャパン Okada Japan).[4] 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.[5][6]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Rivalries 2
  • Team image 3
    • Fan Chanting 3.1
    • Kits and colours 3.2
    • Sponsorship 3.3
    • Mascot 3.4
  • Competitive record 4
    • All time results 4.1
  • Recent results and fixtures 5
  • Coaching 6
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
    • Recent call-ups 7.2
    • Records 7.3
    • Rosters 7.4
  • Managers 8
  • Competitions 9
    • FIFA World Cup 9.1
    • AFC Asian Cup 9.2
    • FIFA Confederations Cup 9.3
    • Olympic Games 9.4
    • Copa América 9.5
  • Head-to-Head records against other countries 10
  • Team Records 11
  • Honors 12
    • International 12.1
    • Continental 12.2
    • Regional 12.3
    • Other 12.4
  • See also 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15

History

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

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.[7] However 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, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

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 FIFA 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 defense of their continental title at the 1996 Asian Cup. The team won all their games in the group stage but were eliminated in the quarterfinals after a 2-0 loss to Kuwait.

The nation's first ever FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1998, where Japan lost all their games. The first two fixtures went 1–0 in favor of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both games. Their campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to Jamaica. In the 2000 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 FIFA World Cup with South Korea. After a 2–2 draw with Belgium in their opening game, 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.

On June 8, 2005, Japan qualified for the 2006 FIFA 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.

During the 2010 FIFA 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.[8] Japan won its opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup defeating Cameroon 1–0 but subsequently lost to the Netherlands 0–1 before defeating Denmark 3–1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay. In the first knockout round 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 AC 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 FIFA Confederations Cup.[9]

Japan then started their road to 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with numerous qualifiers. Throughout they suffered only two losses to Uzbekistan and Jordan, and drawing against Australia. Afterwards on October 12, Japan picked up 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 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first nation (outside of Brazil, who is hosting the tournament) to qualify.

Japan started their 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup 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 game 1–2 against Mexico and finished 4th place in Group A in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. 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 3rd 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 grouped with 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 FIFA 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.

Javier 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 game 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 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 also named as man of the match. They faced Iraq and Jordan in their next group matches which they won 1–0 and 2–0. 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 UAE 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 nineteen 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

Japan possesses a strong rivalry with 역사를 잊은 민족에게 미래는 없다),[10] 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 and then-Japanese Resident-General of Korea Itō Hirobumi back in 1909, and 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.[11]

Japan began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Australia, shortly after the latter joined the AFC.[12] The rivalry is regarded as one of Asia's biggest football rivalries.[13] The rivalry is a relatively recent one, born from a number of highly competitive matches between the two teams since Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006.[14] The rivalry began at the 2006 FIFA 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.[15]

Team image

Fan Chanting

Japanese national team supporters are known for chanting "Nippon Ole" (Nippon is the Japanese term for Japan) at home matches.[16]

Kits and colours

Japan's current kit is provided by German company Adidas, the team's official apparel sponsor since 1986. The current contract with Adidas is set to end on December 31, 2015.[17]

The current 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 2011, Japan temporarily switched the color 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 80s, the kit was white with blue trim. When 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 AFC Asian Cup consisted of white stripes (stylized to form a wing) with red diamonds. During Japan's first World Cup appearance 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).

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 used a blue kit in the match against Sweden and Japan won the match by a score of 3–2.[18]

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, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sony, Asahi Shinbun, Konami, Mizuho Financial and Audi.[19]

Mascot

The mascots are "Karappe" (カラッペ) and "Karara" (カララ), two Yatagarasu wearing the 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, the Pokémon character Pikachu served as the mascot.[20]

Competitive record

All time results

Recent results and fixtures

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
12 January 2015  Palestine 4–0 (W) Endo (8'), Okazaki (25'), Honda (44', pen.), Yoshida (50') Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup
16 January 2015  Iraq 1–0 (W) Honda (23', pen.) Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup
20 January 2015  Jordan 2–0 (W) Honda (24'), Kagawa (82') Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup
23 January 2015  United Arab Emirates 1–1, pen: 4–5 (L) Shibasaki (81') Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia 2015 AFC Asian Cup
27 March 2015  Tunisia 2–0 (W) Okazaki (78'), Honda (83') Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita, Japan International Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2015)
31 March 2015  Uzbekistan 5–1 (W) Aoyama (6'), Okazaki (55'), Shibasaki (79'), Usami (83'), Kawamata (90') Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo, Japan International Friendly (JAL Challenge Cup 2015)
11 June 2015  Iraq 4–0 (W) Honda (5'), Makino (9'), Okazaki (33'), Haraguchi (84') Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan International Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2015)
16 June 2015  Singapore 0–0 (D) Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
2 August 2015  North Korea 1–2 (L) Muto (2') Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, China 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
5 August 2015  South Korea 1–1 (D) Yamaguchi (39') Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, China 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
9 August 2015  China PR 1–1 (D) Muto (41') Wuhan Sports Center Stadium, Wuhan, China 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
3 September 2015  Cambodia 3–0 (W) Honda (28'), Yoshida (50'), Kagawa (61') Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 September 2015  Afghanistan 6–0 (W) Kagawa (10') (50'), Morishige (35'), Okazaki (57') (60'), Honda (74') Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
8 October 2015  Syria 3–0 (W) Honda (55', pen.), Okazaki (70'), Usami (88') Seeb Stadium, Seeb, Oman 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
13 October 2015  Iran 1–1 (D) Muto (48') Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran International Friendly
12 November 2015  Singapore National Stadium, Singapore, Singapore 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
17 November 2015  Cambodia Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
24 March 2016  Afghanistan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
29 March 2016  Syria Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup (AFC) and 2019 Asian Cup qualification
5 June 2016  Scotland Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan International Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2016)
16 June  Australia Australia International Friendly

* Japan score always listed first

      Win       Draw       Loss

Coaching

Position Name
Head Coach Vahid Halilhodžić
Assistant Coach Jacky Bonnevay
Assistant Coach Makoto Teguramori
Goalkeeping Coach Ricardo
Goalkeeping Coach Yukiya Hamano

Players

Current squad

The following players were called in a 23-players list for a 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification match on 8 October 2015 against Syria and a friendly on 13 October 2015 against Iran.[21]

Caps and goals as of 13 October 2015, after the match against Iran.
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Masaaki Higashiguchi (1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 1 0 Gamba Osaka
12 1GK Shūsaku Nishikawa (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 21 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
23 1GK Yūji Rokutan (1987-04-10) 10 April 1987 0 0 Vegalta Sendai
20 2DF Tomoaki Makino (1987-05-11) 11 May 1987 21 2 Urawa Red Diamonds
6 2DF Masato Morishige (1987-05-21) 21 May 1987 29 2 FC Tokyo
5 2DF Yūto Nagatomo (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 85 3 Internazionale
15 2DF Daiki Niwa (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 2 0 Gamba Osaka
21 2DF Gōtoku Sakai (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 26 0 Hamburg
3 2DF Tsukasa Shiotani (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 2 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
22 2DF Maya Yoshida (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 60 5 Southampton
2 2DF Koki Yonekura (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 2 0 Gamba Osaka
17 3MF Makoto Hasebe (Captain) (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 94 2 Eintracht Frankfurt
10 3MF Shinji Kagawa (1989-03-17) 17 March 1989 75 23 Borussia Dortmund
19 3MF Yōsuke Kashiwagi (1987-12-15) 15 December 1987 4 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
13 3MF Hiroshi Kiyotake (1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 32 1 Hannover 96
7 3MF Gaku Shibasaki (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 12 3 Kashima Antlers
16 3MF Hotaru Yamaguchi (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 23 1 Cerezo Osaka
8 4FW Genki Haraguchi (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 9 1 Hertha Berlin
4 4FW Keisuke Honda (1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 77 32 Milan
18 4FW Takumi Minamino (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 1 0 Red Bull Salzburg
14 4FW Yoshinori Mutō (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 17 2 Mainz 05
9 4FW Shinji Okazaki (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 97 47 Leicester City
11 4FW Takashi Usami (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 11 2 Gamba Osaka

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the Japan squad in last 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Shūichi Gonda (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 3 0 FC Tokyo 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup INJ
GK Akihiro Hayashi (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 0 0 Sagan Tosu 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
GK Masatoshi Kushibiki (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 0 0 Shimizu S-Pulse 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
GK Eiji Kawashima (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 71 0 Unattached v.  Singapore, 16 June 2015
DF Hiroki Sakai (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 24 0 Hannover 96 v.  Afghanistan, 8 September 2015INJ
DF Wataru Endo (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 4 0 Shonan Bellmare v.  Afghanistan, 8 September 2015
DF Yuichi Maruyama (1989-06-16) 16 June 1989 0 0 FC Tokyo v.  Afghanistan, 8 September 2015
DF Hiroki Mizumoto (1985-09-12) 12 September 1985 6 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Kōsuke Ōta (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 6 0 FC Tokyo 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Hiroki Fujiharu (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 2 0 Gamba Osaka 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
DF Yasuyuki Konno (1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 87 2 Gamba Osaka 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Gen Shōji (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 1 0 Kashima Antlers 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Takuya Iwanami (1994-06-18) 18 June 1994 0 0 Vissel Kobe 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Naoki Kawaguchi (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 0 0 Albirex Niigata 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Shintarō Kurumaya (1992-04-05) 5 April 1992 0 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Ken Matsubara (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 0 0 Albirex Niigata 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Shun Ōbu (1992-11-24) 24 November 1992 0 0 Nagoya Grampus 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Yuto Takeoka (1986-06-24) 24 June 1986 0 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Naomichi Ueda (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 0 0 Kashima Antlers 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
DF Atsuto Uchida (1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 75 2 Schalke 04 v.  Uzbekistan, 31 March 2015INJ
DF Daisuke Suzuki (1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 2 0 Kashiwa Reysol v.  Tunisia, 27 March 2015 INJ
DF Kazuhiko Chiba (1985-06-21) 21 June 1985 1 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima v.  Tunisia, 27 March 2015 INJ
MF Takuji Yonemoto (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 2 0 FC Tokyo 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
MF Shōgo Taniguchi (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 2 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
MF Naoyuki Fujita (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 1 0 Sagan Tosu 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
MF Toshihiro Aoyama (1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 8 1 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Ryota Morioka (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 2 0 Vissel Kobe 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Yasushi Endō (1988-04-07) 7 April 1988 0 0 Kashima Antlers 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Takuya Kida (1994-08-23) 23 August 1994 0 0 Yokohama F. Marinos 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Kotaro Omori (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 0 0 Gamba Osaka 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Hidekazu Otani (1984-11-06) 6 November 1984 0 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Kosei Shibasaki (1984-08-28) 28 August 1984 0 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Ryōsuke Yamanaka (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 0 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
MF Takashi Inui (1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 19 2 Eibar v.  Uzbekistan, 31 March 2015
MF Yasuhito Endō (1980-01-28) 28 January 1980 152 15 Gamba Osaka 2015 AFC Asian Cup
FW Shinzō Kōroki (1986-07-31) 31 July 1986 16 0 Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Afghanistan, 8 September 2015
FW Kensuke Nagai (1989-03-05) 5 March 1989 6 0 Nagoya Grampus v.  Afghanistan, 8 September 2015
FW Kengo Kawamata (1989-10-14) 14 October 1989 5 1 Nagoya Grampus 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Takuma Asano (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 3 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Yūki Mutō (1988-11-07) 7 November 1988 2 2 Urawa Red Diamonds 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Shū Kurata (1988-11-26) 26 November 1988 1 0 Gamba Osaka 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup
FW Yoshito Ōkubo (1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 60 6 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
FW Yōhei Toyoda (1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 8 1 Sagan Tosu 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
FW Yu Kobayashi (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 2 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
FW Ken'yū Sugimoto (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 0 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup PRE
FW Yūya Ōsako (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 15 3 Köln v.  Singapore, 16 June 2015
FW Yōichirō Kakitani (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 18 5 Basel v.  Tunisia, 27 March 2015 INJ
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary squad.
  • RET Retired from national team.

Records

Statistics below are from matches which the Japan Football Association consider as official.[22][23][24]
Updated to 13 October 2015.:

Rosters

Managers

As of 8 October 2015[25]
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 2002–2006 71 37 16 18 52.11%
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 2014–2015 10 7 1 2 70%
Vahid Halilhodžić 2015– 11 6 4 1 54.5%

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

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 3 2 1 0 8 1
1950 Withdrew 38 30 4 4 35 12
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 5/20 17 4 4 9 14 22 140 84 28 28 238 90

AFC Asian Cup

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