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JAPAN FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Japan national football team (サッカー日本代表 Soccer Nippon Daihyō?) represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for association football in Japan. Their head coach is Alberto Zaccheroni.

Japan is one of the most successful football team 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. To this, they add a 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup second place.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.

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. With the launch of the new league in 1993, interest in football and the national team grew.

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.

The nation's first ever FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1998. Japan's 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.

 

JAPAN FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current Club 
Kawashima, Eiji 1983-03-20 Goalkeeper   Standard Liège 1 0 0 0 0 0
Morishige, Masato 1987-05-21 Centre Back   FC Tōkyō 1 0 1 0 0 0
Nagatomo, Yuto 1986-09-12 Left Back   Inter Milano 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sakai, Hiroki 1990-04-12 Right Back   Hannover 96 1 0 0 0 0 0
Yoshida, Maya 1988-08-24 Centre Back   Southampton FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sakai, Gotoku 1991-03-14 Right Back   VfB Stuttgart 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kagawa, Shinji 1989-03-17 Attacking Midfielder   Manchester United 1 0 1 0 0 0
Honda, Keisuke 1986-06-13 Attacking Midfielder   AC Milan 1 0 0 0 0 0
Aoyama, Toshihiro 1986-02-22 Defensive Midfielder   Sanfrecce Hiroshima 1 0 0 0 0 0
Yamaguchi, Hotaru 1990-06-10 Defensive Midfielder   Cerezo Ōsaka 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kiyotake, Hiroshi 1989-11-12 Attacking Midfielder   1.FC Nürnberg 0 1 0 0 0 0
Hosogai, Hajime 1986-06-10 Defensive Midfielder   Hertha BSC Berlin 0 1 0 0 0 0
Endo, Yasuhito 1980-01-28 Centre Midfielder   Gamba Ōsaka 0 1 0 0 0 0
Okazaki, Shinji 1986-04-16 Left Winger   1.FSV Mainz 05 1 0 2 0 0 0
Osako, Yuya 1990-05-18 Centre Forward   TSV 1860 München 1 0 0 0 0 0
Saitō, Manabu 1990-04-04 Left Winger   Yokohama F Marinos 0 1 0 0 0 0
Toyoda, Yōhei 1985-04-11 Centre Forward   Sagan Tosu 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

FIFA World Cup Finals Record Qualifications Record
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA GP W D L GS GA
 1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - -
 1934 - - - - - -
 1938 Withdrew - - - - - -
 1950 Banned - - - - - -
 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 Qualified TBD 14 8 3 3 30 8
 2018 To be determined - - - - - -
 2022 To be determined - - - - - -
Total 4/20 9th 14 4 3 7 12 16 102 54 24 24 203 78


 

JAPAN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

 
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Yasuhito Endō 142 12 2002–
2 Masami Ihara 122 5 1988–1999
3 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 0 1997–2010
4 Yuji Nakazawa 110 17 1999–2010
5 Shunsuke Nakamura 98 24 2000–2010
6 Kazuyoshi Miura 89 55 1990–2000
7 Kunishige Kamamoto 84 80 1964–1977
8 Junichi Inamoto 82 5 2000–2010
= Alessandro Santos 82 7 2002–2006
10 Yasuyuki Konno 79 1 2005–

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS

 
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Kunishige Kamamoto 80 84 1964–1977
2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55 89 1990–2000
3 Hiromi Hara 38 76 1978–1988
= Shinji Okazaki 38 74 2008–
5 Takuya Takagi 27 44 1992–1997
6 Kazushi Kimura 26 54 1979–1986
7 Shunsuke Nakamura 24 98 2000–2010
8 Naohiro Takahara 23 57 2000–2008
9 Masashi Nakayama 21 54 1990–2003
10 Keisuke Honda 20 54 2008–

 

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