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JAPAN
  THEFIFAWORLDCUPS    
JAPAN IN THE WORLD CUPS  
     
                                         
                                           
                                           
   
   
                                           
                                         
                           
  We play football. We love football.          
  We breathe football. We live football.        
                             
                                         
                                         
  JAPAN  
     
     
 

The Japan national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本代表) represents Japan in international football and is controlled by the Japan Football Association (Japanese: 日本サッカー協会, JFA), the governing body for football in Japan.

The JFA was founded in1921, became a member of FIFA in 1924, and a member of AFC in 1954. The first national league in Japan for football clubs ran from 1965 to 1971. The first champion of the amateur era was Tokyo Industries, now known as Sanfrecce Hiroshima, in 1965. J. League officially kicked-off its first season with ten clubs in 1993. The first champion of the professional era was Verdy Kawasaki, now known as Tokyo Verdy, who defeated Kashima Antlers 3–1 on aggregate.

Japan is one of the successful football teams in Asia. The Japanese qualified for the last five consecutive FIFA World Cups, and have won the AFC Asian Cup a record of four times.

 
       
       
  QUICK FACTS  
       
       
 
  Association
  日本サッカー協会 (Japan Football   Association)   

J-League Division 1

  Confederation
  AFC
  Nickname

サムライ・ブルー (Samuai Blue)   ザック・ジャパン (Zac Japan)

  Foundation year
 1921
  Affiliate since
 1921
  Topscorer in WC
  Keisuke Honda: 3
  Head Coach
  Vahid Halilhodžić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  Titles
  None
 
       
       
  TITLES  
   
   
 
AFC ASIAN CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 1992 Japan
1
   
 2000 Lebanon
1
   
 2004 China
1
   
 2011 Qatar
1
   

 

CONFEDERATION CUP
Gold
Silver
Bronze
 2001 Korea-Japan  
2
 
       
       
  JAPAN APPEARANCES IN WORLD CUPS  
       
       
 
Nro
Flag
World Cup
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Perf.
Rd
Pos
Par
Pt
P/Par
Ap.
Total
17
4
4
9
14
22
-8
16
4.16
21.2
32
7
22.05
5
16
 1998 France
3
0
0
3
1
4
-3
0
0.00
1R
31
32
1
0.96
1
17
 2002 Korea-Japan
4
2
1
1
5
3
2
7
1.75
2R
9
32
2
0.28
2
18
 2006 Germany
3
0
1
2
2
7
-5
1
0.33
1R
28
32
1
0.87
3
19
 2010 South Africa
4
2
1
1
4
2
2
7
1.75
2R
9
32
2
0.28
4
20
 2014 Brazil
3
0
1
2
2
6
-4
1
0.33
1R
29
32
1
0.91
5
 
       
 
 Where: Perf: Pts/Pld     Rd: Round     Pos: Position in the WC     Total Pos: SUM(Pos)/Ap     Par: No. participants    
 Pt: How many points scores in the WC. Champion: 32, Finalist: 16, TP: 12, FP: 8, QF: 4, R16: 2, FR: 1
 P/Par: Pos/Par     Total P/Par: SUM(P/Par + 1.25 * each World Cup uncontested)/20     Ap: Appearances
 
     
       
  HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORDS (IN WORLD CUPS)  
     
     
 
More Played Matches
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Croatia
2
0
1
1
0%
50%
2
 Argentina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Australia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Belgium
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
5
 Brazil
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Cameroon
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
7
 Colombia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
8
 Denmark
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
9
 Greece
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
10
 Ivory Coast
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
11
 Jamaica
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
12
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
13
 Paraguay
1
0
1
0
0%
0%
14
 Russia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
15
 Tunisia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
16
 Turkey
1
0
0
1
0%
100%

 

Best Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Cameroon
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
2
 Denmark
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
3
 Russia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%
4
 Tunisia
1
1
0
0
100%
0%

 

Worst Results
Nro
Flag
Team
Pld
W
D
L
%Won
%Lost
1
 Argentina
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
2
 Australia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
3
 Brazil
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
4
 Colombia
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
5
 Ivory Coast
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
6
 Jamaica
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
7
 Netherlands
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
8
 Turkey
1
0
0
1
0%
100%
 
     
     
  PLAYER STATS
   
   
Goalscorers at world cups  
   
   
Nro
Player
TG
30
34
38
50
54
58
62
66
70
74
78
82
86
90
94
98
02
06
10
14
14
       
1
5
2
4
2
1
 Keisuke Honda
3
2
1
2
 Junichi Inamoto
2
2
 Shinji Okazaki
2
1
1
3
 Yasuhito Endō
1
1
 Hiroaki Morishima
1
1
 Shunsuke Nakamura
1
1
 Hidetoshi Nakata
1
1
 Masashi Nakayama
1
1
 Takayuki Suzuki
1
1
 
 Keiji Tamada
1
1
 
 
     
     
  World cups, games and minutes played  
     
     
 
Nro
Player
#Min
#WC
#Mat
98
02
06
10
14
1
 Hidetoshi Nakata
894
3
10
270
354
270
2
 Yuji Nakazawa
660
2
7
270
390
 Eiji Kawashima
660
2
7
390
270
 Keisuke Honda
660
2
7
390
270
 Yuto Nagatomo
660
2
7
390
270
6
 Makoto Hasebe
565
2
7
375
190
7
 Yoshito Ōkubo
556
2
7
353
203
8
 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
540
4
6
270
0
270
0
9
 Yūichi Komano
480
2
5
90
390
10
 Yasuhito Endō
470
3
6
0
390
80
11
 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
469
2
6
289
180
12
 Junichi Inamoto
404
3
8
267
134
3
13
 Kōji Nakata
394
2
5
360
34
14
 Marcus Tulio Tanaka
390
1
4
390
15
 Atsushi Yanagisawa
366
2
5
226
140
16
 Seigo Narazaki
360
3
4
0
360
0
 Kazuyuki Toda
360
1
4
360
 Naoki Matsuda
360
1
4
360
19
 Shinji Okazaki
354
2
7
105
249
20
 Yuki Abe
351
1
4
351
21
 Shinji Ono
342
3
6
12
319
11
 Alessandro Dos Santos
342
2
5
72
270
23
 Shunsuke Nakamura
296
2
4
270
26
24
 Takayuki Suzuki
274
1
4
274
25
 Daisuke Matsui
272
1
4
272
 
     
     
  TOP GOALSCORERS IN ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
     
  Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of November 15, 2016  
     
 
#
Name
Goals
Caps
AVG/Games
Career
1
 Kunishige Kamamoto
80
84
0.95
1964-77
2
 Kazuyoshi Miura
55
89
0.61
1990-00
3
 Shinji Okazaki
49
106
0.46
2008-Present
4
 Hiromi Hara
37
75
0.49
1978-88
5
 Keisuke Honda
36
86
0.42
2008-Present
6
 Takuya Takagi
27
44
0.61
1992-97
 Shinji Kagawa
27
84
0.61
208-Present
8
 Kazushi Kimura
26
54
0.48
1979-86
9
 Shunsuke Nakamura
24
98
0.24
2000-10
10
 Naohiro Takahara
23
57
0.40
2000-08
 
       
       
  MOST CAPPED PLAYERS IN ALL COMPETITIONS  
       
     
  Players in bold are still active in the competence - As of November 15, 2016  
     
 
#
Name
Caps
Career
1
 Yasuhito Endo
152
2002-Present
2
 Masami Ihara
122
1988-99
3
 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
116
1997-10
4
 Yuji Nakazawa
110
1999-10
5
 Shinji Okazaki
106
2008-Present
6
 Makoto Hasebe
104
2006-Present
7
 Shunsuke Nakamura
98
2000-10
8
 Yuto Nagatomo
91
2008-Present
9
 Kazuyoshi Miura
89
1990-00
10
 Yasuyuki Konno
87
2004-16
 
       
       
  SQUADS  
       
       
   
     
 

  

 
  AWARDED PLAYERS  
     
     
 
IFFHS PLAYER OF THE CENTURY
#
Name
Votes
Years
1
 Kazuyoshi Miura
71
1986-12
2
 Kunishige Kamamoto
70
1967-84
3
 Masami Ihara
31
1990-02
4
 Yashuhiko Okudera
22
1970-88

 

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  COACHES  
   
   
 
#
Cou
Name
Years
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Shigeyoshi Suzuki          
1930, 36
2
 Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1)
24
6
6
12
25%
1934, 38-40, 51-56, 58-59
3
 Kōichi Kudō
1942
4
 Hirokazu Ninomiya
3
1
1
1
33%
1951
5
 Hidetoki Takahashi 
14
3
2
9
21%
1957, 60-62
6
 Taizo Kawamoto
2
0
0
2
0%
1958
7
 Ken Naganuma 
73
34
12
27
46%
1962-69, 72-76
8
 Shunichiro Okano
19
11
2
6
58%
1970-71
9
 Hiroshi Ninomiya
27
6
6
15
22%
1976-78
10
 Yukio Shimomura
14
8
4
2
57%
1979-80
11
 Masashi Watanabe 
3
2
0
1
67%
1980
12
 Saburō Kawabuchi 
10
3
2
5
30%
1980-81
13
 Takaji Mori
43
22
5
16
51%
1981-85
14
 Yoshinobu Ishii 
17
11
2
4
65%
1986-87
15
 Kenzo Yokoyama
24
7
5
12
29%
1988-91
16
 Hans Ooft 
27
17
6
4
63%
1992-93
17
 Falcão 
9
3
4
2
33%
1994
18
 Shu Kamo 
46
24
8
14
52%
1994-97
19
 Takeshi Okada 
64
31
17
16
48%
1997-98, 07-10
20
 Philippe Troussier
50
23
15
12
46%
1998-2002
21
 Zico
71
38
15
18
53%
2002-06
22
 Ivica Osim
20
13
2
5
65%
2006-07
23
 Alberto Zaccheroni
55
30
12
13
54%
2010-2014
24
 Javier Aguirre
10
7
1
2
70%
2014-2015
24
 Vahid Halilhodžić
23
15
5
3
65%
2015-Present
   
 
(1) The results correspond to the period from 1951-56 and 1958-59
     
  Coaches with most appearances  
   
 
#
Cou
Name
Years
W
D
L
%Won
Years
1
 Ken Naganuma 
73
34
12
27
46%
1962-69, 72-76
2
 Zico
71
38
15
18
53%
2002-06
3
 Takeshi Okada 
64
31
17
16
48%
1997-98, 07-10
4
 Alberto Zaccheroni
55
30
12
13
54%
2010-2014
5
 Philippe Troussier
50
23
15
12
46%
1998-2002
 
   
   
  FIXTURES AND RESULTS  
   
     
  2013  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
6 Feb 13
Kobe, Japan
3-0
Latvia
F
2
22 Mar 13
Doha, Qatar
2-1
Canada
F
3
26 Mar 13
Amman, Jordan
1-2
Jordan
4
30 May 13
Aichi, Japan
0-2
Bulgaria
F
5
4 Jun 13
Saitama, Japan
1-1
Australia
6
11 Jun 13
Doha, Qatar
1-0
Iraq
7
15 Jun 13
Brasília, Brazil
0-3
Brazil
8
19 Jun 13
Recife, Brazil
3-4
Italy
9
22 Jun 13
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
1-2
Mexico
10
21 Jul 13
Seoul, Korea Republic
3-3
China PR
11
24 Jul 13
Hwaseong, Korea Republic
3-2
Australia
12
28 Jul 13
Seoul, Korea Republic
3-1
Korea Republic
13
14 Aug 13
Miyagi, Japan
2-4
Uruguay
F
14
6 Sep 13
Osaka, Japan
3-0
Guatemala
F
15
10 Sep 13
Kanagawa, Japan
3-1
Ghana
F
16
11 Oct 13
Novi Sad, Serbia
0-2
Serbia
F
17
15 Oct 13
Zhodino, Belarus
0-1
Belarus
F
18
16 Nov 13
Genk, Belgium
2-2
Netherlands
F
19
19 Nov 13
Brussels, Belgium
3-2
Belgium
F
 
   
     
  2014  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
5 Mar 14
Tokyo, Japan
4-2
New Zealand
F
2
27 May 14
Saitama, Japan
1-0
Cyprus
F
3
2 Jun 14
Florida, USA
3-1
Costa Rica
F
4
6 Jun 14
Florida, USA
4-3
Zambia
F
5
14 Jun 14
Recife, Brazil
1-2
Ivory Coast
6
19 Jun 14
Natal, Brazil
0-0
Greece
7
24 Jun 14
Cuiabá, Brazil
1-4
Colombia
8
5 Sep 14
Sapporo, Japan
0-2
Uruguay
F
9
9 Sep 14
Yokohama, Japan
2-2
Venezuela
F
10
10 Oct 14
Niigata, Japan
1-0
Jamaica
F
11
14 Oct 14
Singapore, Singapore
0-4
Brazil
F
12
14 Nov 14
Aichi, Japan
6-0
Honduras
F
13
18 Nov 14
Osaka, Japan
2-1
Australia
F
 
   
     
  2015  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
12 Jan 15
Newcastle, Australia
4-0
Palestine
2
16 Jan 15
Brisbane, Australia
1-0
Iraq
3
20 Jan 15
Melbourne, Australia
2-0
Jordan
4
23 Jan 15
Sydney, Australia
aet
United Arab Emirates
1-1
4-5p
5
27 Mar 15
Ōita, Japan
2-0
Tunisia
F
6
31 Mar 15
Tokyo, Japan
5-1
Uzbekistan
F
7
11 Jun 15
Yokohama, Japan
4-0
Iraq
F
8
16 Jun 15
Saitama, Japan
0-0
Singapore
9
2 Aug 15
Wuhan, China PR
1-2
North Korea
10
5 Aug 15
Wuhan, China PR
1-1
South Korea
11
9 Aug 15
Wuhan, China PR
1-1
China PR
12
3 Sep 15
Saitama, Japan
3-0
Cambodia
13
8 Sep 15
Tehran, Iran
6-0
Afghanistan
14
8 Oct 15
Seeb, Oman
3-0
Syria
15
13 Oct 15
Tehran, Iran
1-1
Iran
F
16
12 Nov 15
Singapore, Singapore
3-0
Singapore
17
17 Nov 15
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2-0
Cambodia
 
   
     
  2016  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
24 Mar 16
Saitama, Japan
5-0
Afghanistan
2
29 Mar 16
Saitama, Japan
5-0
Syria
3
3 Jun 16
Toyota, Japan
7-2
Bulgaria
F
4
7 Jun 16
Suita, Japan
1-2
Bosnia Herzegovina
F
5
1 Sep 16
Saitama, Japan
1-2
Unied Arab Emirates
6
6 Sep 16
Bangkok, Thailand
2-0
Thailand
7
6 Oct 16
Saitama, Japan
2-1
Iraq
8
11 Oct 16
Melbourne, Australia
1-1
Australia
9
11 Nov 16
Kashima, Japan
4-0
Oman
F
10
15 Nov 16
Saitama, Japan
2-1
Saudi Arabia
 
   
     
  2017  
   
#
Date
Place
Score
Competition
1
23 Mar 17
Abu Dhabi, UAE
 
Unied Arab Emirates
2
28 Mar 17
Saitama, Japan
 
Thailand
3
13 Jun 17
Iran
 
Iraq
4
31 Aug 17
Saitama, Japan
 
Australia
5
5 Sep 17
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
 
Saudi Arabia
 
 
   
  PLAYERS'S CLUBS
   
   
 
These are the clubs that have historically contributed more players to the Japan national football team.
   
 
Pos
Logo
Team
Players
Country
Flag
1
 Kashima Antlers
13
 Japan
2
 Júbilo Iwata
11
 Japan
3
 Yokohama Marinos
8
 Japan
4
 Gamba Osaka
7
 Japan
 Nagoya Grampus Eight
7
 Japan
 Shimizu S-Pulse
7
 Japan
 Urawa Red Diamonds
7
 Japan
8
 FC Tokyo
6
 Japan
9
 Cerezo Osaka
5
 Japan
10
 Kawasaki Frontale
4
 Japan
11
 Shonan Hiratsuka
3
 Japan
 Yokohama Flügels
3
 Japan
13
 Grenoble
2
 France
 1. FC Nürnberg
2
 Germany
 JEF United Ichihara
2
 Japan
 Sanfrecce Hiroshima
2
 Japan
17
 Standard Liège
1
 Belgium
 Arsenal
1
 England
 Manchester United
1
 England
 Portsmouth
1
 England
 Southampton F.C.
1
 England
 West Bromwich Albion F.C.
1
 England
 TSV 1860 München
1
 Germany
 Hamburguer SV
1
 Germany
 Hannover 96
1
 Germany
 FSV Mainz 05
1
 Germany
 FC Schalke 04
1
 Germany
 VfB Stuttgart
1
 Germany
 VfL Wolfsburg
1
 Germany
 Calcio Catania
1
 Italy
 Fiorentina
1
 Italy
 Internazionale
1
 Italy
 Milan
1
 Italy
 Parma
1
 Italy
 Albirex Niigata
1
 Japan
 Kashiwa Reysol
1
 Japan
 Vissel Kobe
1
 Japan
 Feyenoord
1
 Netherlands
 CSKA Moscow
1
 Russia
 Celtic
1
 Scotland
 FC Basel
1
 Switzerland
   
   
  MATCHES IN WORLD CUPS  
   
   
  1998 France World Cup
   
First Round: Match 1
1-0
Japan  
Date: 14 June 1998  
Stadium: Stade de Toulouse    
Venue: Toulouse    
Attendance: 33,500  
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)  
   
First Round: Match 2
Croatia
1-0
Japan  
Date: 20 June 1998  
Stadium: Stade de la Beaujoire    
Venue: Nantes    
Attendance: 35,500  
Referee: Ramesh Ramdhan (Trinidad and Tobago)  
   
First Round: Match 3
Jamaica
2-1
Japan  
Date: 26 June 1998
T. Whitmore 39', 54'
M. Nakayama 74'
Stadium: Stade Gerland    
Venue: Lyon    
Attendance: 39,100  
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)  
   
  2002 Korea-Japan World Cup
 
First Round: Match 4
2-2
Belgium
Date: 4 June 2002 M. Wilmots 57'
Stadium: Saitama Stadium P. Van Der Heyden 75'
Venue: Saitama    
Attendance: 55,256  
Referee: William Mattus (Costa Rica)  
 
First Round: Match 5
1-0
Russia
Date: 9 June 2002  
Stadium: International Stadium Yokohama    
Venue: Yokohama    
Attendance: 66,108  
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)  
 
First Round: Match 6
2-0
Tunisia
Date: 14 June 2002  
Stadium: Nagai Stadium  
Venue: Osaka    
Attendance: 45,213  
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)  
 
Round of 16: Match 7
Turkey
1-0
Japan
Date: 18 June 2002  
Stadium: Miyagi Stadium    
Venue: Miyagi    
Attendance: 45,666  
Referee: Pierluigi Collina  
   
  2006 Germany World Cup
   
First Round: Match 8
3-1
Japan  
Date: 12 June 2006
T. Cahill 84', 89'
S. Nakamura 26'
Stadium: Fritz-Walter-Stadion
J. Aloisi 90+2'
 
Venue: Kaiserslautern    
Attendance: 46,000  
Referee: Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)  
   
First Round: Match 9
0-0
Croatia  
Date: 18 June 2006    
Stadium: EasyCredit-Stadion    
Venue: Nuremberg    
Attendance: 41,000  
Referee: Nuremberg (Belgium)  
   
First Round: Match 10
4-1
Japan  
Date: 22 June 2006
Ronaldo 45+1', 81'
K. Tamada 34'
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park  
Venue: Dortmund  
Attendance: 65,000  
Referee: Éric Poulat (France)  
   
  2010 South Africa World Cup
   
First Round: Match 11
1-0
Cameroon  
Date: 14 June 2006  
Stadium: Free State Stadium    
Venue: Bloemfontein    
Attendance: 30,620    
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)  
   
First Round: Match 12
1-0
Japan  
Date: 19 June 2006  
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium    
Venue: Durban    
Attendance: 62,010  
Referee: Héctor Baldassi (Argentina)  
   
First Round: Match 13
3-1
Denmark  
Date: 24 June 2006 J. Tomasson 81'
Stadium: Royal Bafokeng Stadium  
Venue: Rustenburg  
Attendance: 27,967  
Referee: Jerome Damon (South Africa)  
  a.e.t.  
Round of 16: Match 14
Paraguay
0-0
Japan  
Date: 29 June 2010    
Stadium: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Penalties
1-1
Y. Endō
2-2
M. Hasebe
3-2
Y. Komano
X
4-3
K. Honda
5-3
 
Venue: Pretoria
Attendance: 36,742
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  2014 Brazil World Cup
   
First Round: Match 15
2-1
Japan
Date: 14 June 2014
W. Bony 64'
K. Honda 16'
Stadium: Arena Pernambuco
Venue: Recife
Attendance: 40,267
Referee: Enrique Osses (Chile)
   
First Round: Match 16
0-0
Greece
Date: 19 June 2014
Stadium: Arena das Dunas
Venue: Natal
Attendance: 39,485
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
   
First Round: Match 17
1-4
Colombia
Date: 24 June 2014 J. Cuadrado 17'
Stadium: Arena Pantanal J. Martínez 55', 82' 
Venue: Cuiabá J. Rodríguez 90'
Attendance: 40,340
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
   
   
  
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