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Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Samurai Blue
Japanese Representatives (of soccer) ((サッカー)日本代表 (Sakkā) Nippon Daihyō?)
Okada Japan (岡田ジャパン Okada Japan?)[1]
Association Japan Football Association
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Takeshi Okada
Captain Yuji Nakazawa
Most caps Masami Ihara (123)
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (75)
FIFA code JPN
FIFA ranking 46
Highest FIFA ranking 9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 62 (February 2000)
Elo ranking 31
Highest Elo ranking 8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking 112 (September 1962)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Japan Japan 0 - 5 Republic of China 
(Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917)
Biggest win
Japan Japan 15 - 0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967)
Biggest defeat
Japan Japan 2 - 15 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; May 10, 1917)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1998)
Best result Round of 16, 2002
Asian Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1988)
Best result Champions, 1992, 2000, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1995)
Best result Runners-Up, 2001
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Bronze 1968 Mexico City Team

The Japan national football team is the national football team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association.

Takeshi Okada, who had previously served as the manager for Japan leading up to and during the 1998 FIFA World Cup is the current coach for the team.

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Soccer Nippon Daihyō (サッカー日本代表?, lit. Japanese representatives of soccer), or Nippon Daihyō (日本代表?, lit. Japanese representatives), Daihyō (代表?, lit. representatives) 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 Ivica Osim, the team was known as Osim Japan. Recently the team has been known or nicknamed as "Samurai Blue."

Japan is one of the most successful national teams in Asia, being a three-time winner of the Asian Cup and having qualified for the last four consecutive World Cup finals.

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History

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.[2]

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 failing to beat Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the Agony of Doha.

The nation's first FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1998, where they lost all three matches. Japan's first two fixtures went 1-0 in favor of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both games. Their campaign ended with an unexpected 2-1 defeat to rank outsiders Jamaica.

Four years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea. Despite being held to a 2-2 draw by 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 in Bangkok, Thailand. However, Japan failed to advance to the Round of 16 after finishing group play without a win, losing to Australia 1-3, drawing Croatia 0-0 and losing to Brazil 1-4.

Japan has had considerably more success in the Asian Cup, taking home the winner's trophy in three of the last four finals, in 1992, 2000 and 2004. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, followed by Saudi Arabia, 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[3].

In August 2006, incoming head coach Ivica Osim gave the captaincy to Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, as he felt that the extra responsibilities detracted from former captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto's contributions to his club team.

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, in Tashkent. Japan is in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon.[4]

Kits

Japan's 1988 kit

Japan's current uniforms are provided by Adidas, the team's official apparel sponsor. The home kit consists of a blue jersey with a red square on the neck and feather designs, white shorts, and blue socks. The away kit consists of a white jersey, blue shorts, and white socks.

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 Asian Cup consisted of white stripes 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.

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 Kirin, Adidas, Sony, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, Fujifilm, JAL, and Nissan. [5]

Schedule and recent results

For a detailed list of 2010 schedule fixtures and results refer to Japan national football team in 2010

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
06 Jan 2010  Yemen W 3-2 Yemen Ali Muhesen Stadium, Sana'a, Yemen 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
02 Feb 2010  Venezuela D 0-0 Japan Ōita Stadium, Ōita, Japan Friendly Match (2010 Kirin Challenge Cup)
06 Feb 2010  China PR D 0-0 Japan Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan 2010 East Asian Football Championship
11 Feb 2010  Hong Kong W 3-0 Japan National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan 2010 East Asian Football Championship
14 Feb 2010  Korea Republic L 1-3 Japan National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan 2010 East Asian Football Championship
03 Mar 2010  Bahrain W 2-0 Japan Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Japan 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
07 Apr 2010  Serbia Japan Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan Friendly Match (2010 Kirin Challenge Cup)
24 May 2010  Korea Republic Japan Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan Friendly Match (2010 Kirin Challenge Cup)
30 May 2010  England Austria UPC-Arena, Graz, Austria Friendly Match
04 Jun 2010  Côte d'Ivoire Switzerland Switzerland Friendly Match
14 Jun 2010  Cameroon South Africa Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
19 Jun 2010  Netherlands South Africa Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
24 Jun 2010  Denmark South Africa Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup

* Japan score always listed first

Players

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Current Squad

Squad selected for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification match on 3 March 2010 in Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, Japan. [6]

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
18 GK Seigo Narazaki April 15, 1976 (1976-04-15) (age 33) 74 0 Japan Nagoya Grampus
23 GK Eiji Kawashima March 20, 1983 (1983-03-20) (age 26) 8 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
3 DF Yūichi Komano July 25, 1981 (1981-07-25) (age 28) 51 0 Japan Júbilo Iwata
4 DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka April 24, 1981 (1981-04-24) (age 28) 37 7 Japan Nagoya Grampus
15 DF Yasuyuki Konno January 25, 1983 (1983-01-25) (age 27) 34 0 Japan F.C. Tokyo
20 DF Atsuto Uchida March 27, 1988 (1988-03-27) (age 21) 31 1 Japan Kashima Antlers
22 DF Yuji Nakazawa (C) February 25, 1978 (1978-02-25) (age 32) 101 17 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
25 DF Yuto Nagatomo September 12, 1986 (1986-09-12) (age 23) 22 3 Japan F.C. Tokyo
5 MF Junichi Inamoto September 18, 1979 (1979-09-18) (age 30) 78 5 Japan Kawasaki Frontale
6 MF Yuki Abe September 6, 1981 (1981-09-06) (age 28) 41 3 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
7 MF Yasuhito Endō January 28, 1980 (1980-01-28) (age 30) 90 8 Japan Gamba Osaka
8 MF Daisuke Matsui May 11, 1981 (1981-05-11) (age 28) 22 1 France Grenoble Foot 38
10 MF Shunsuke Nakamura June 24, 1978 (1978-06-24) (age 31) 94 24 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos
17 MF Makoto Hasebe January 18, 1984 (1984-01-18) (age 26) 28 1 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
57 MF Keisuke Honda June 13, 1986 (1986-06-13) (age 23) 12 4 Russia CSKA Moscow
11 FW Keiji Tamada April 11, 1980 (1980-04-11) (age 29) 67 16 Japan Nagoya Grampus
19 FW Shinzo Koroki July 31, 1986 (1986-07-31) (age 23) 10 0 Japan Kashima Antlers
33 FW Shinji Okazaki April 16, 1986 (1986-04-16) (age 23) 24 16 Japan Shimizu S-Pulse
59 FW Takayuki Morimoto May 7, 1988 (1988-05-07) (age 21) 3 1 Italy Catania
81 FW Sōta Hirayama June 6, 1985 (1985-06-06) (age 24) 4 3 Japan F.C. Tokyo

Recent Call Ups

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

Goalkeepers
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Shusaku Nishikawa June 18, 1986 (1986-06-18) (age 23) 1 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Shuichi Gonda March 3, 1989 (1989-03-03) (age 21) 1 0 Japan F.C. Tokyo 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Kaito Yamamoto July 10, 1985 (1985-07-10) (age 24) 0 0 Japan Shimizu S-Pulse Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Ryōta Tsuzuki April 18, 1978 (1978-04-18) (age 31) 6 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds Friendly v. Ghana, September 9, 2009
Defenders
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Daiki Iwamasa January 30, 1982 (1982-01-30) (age 28) 2 0 Japan Kashima Antlers 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Yuhei Tokunaga September 25, 1983 (1983-09-25) (age 26) 6 0 Japan F.C. Tokyo 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Taisuke Muramatsu December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16) (age 20) 0 0 Japan Shonan Bellmare training session, January 2010
Naoya Kikuchi November 24, 1984 (1984-11-24) (age 25) 1 0 Japan Oita Trinita 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Tomoaki Makino May 11, 1987 (1987-05-11) (age 22) 1 0 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Kosuke Ota July 23, 1987 (1987-07-23) (age 22) 1 0 Japan Shimizu S-Pulse 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Maya Yoshida August 24, 1988 (1988-08-24) (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands VVV-Venlo 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Gotoku Sakai March 14, 1991 (1991-03-14) (age 19) 0 0 Japan Albirex Niigata 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Keisuke Iwashita September 24, 1986 (1986-09-24) (age 23) 0 0 Japan Shimizu S-Pulse Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Satoshi Yamaguchi April 17, 1978 (1978-04-17) (age 31) 2 0 Japan Gamba Osaka 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Shuhei Terada June 23, 1975 (1975-06-23) (age 34) 6 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Bahrain, March 28, 2009
Midfielders
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Mitsuo Ogasawara April 5, 1979 (1979-04-05) (age 30) 55 7 Japan Kashima Antlers 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Kengo Nakamura October 31, 1980 (1980-10-31) (age 29) 45 5 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Yoshito Okubo June 9, 1982 (1982-06-09) (age 27) 46 5 Japan Vissel Kobe 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Mu Kanazaki February 16, 1989 (1989-02-16) (age 21) 4 0 Japan Nagoya Grampus 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Shinji Kagawa March 17, 1989 (1989-03-17) (age 20) 13 2 Japan Cerezo Osaka 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Naohiro Ishikawa May 12, 1981 (1981-05-12) (age 28) 4 0 Japan F.C. Tokyo training session, January 2010
Takashi Inui June 2, 1988 (1988-06-02) (age 21) 2 0 Japan Cerezo Osaka training session, January 2010
Yosuke Kashiwagi December 15, 1987 (1987-12-15) (age 22) 1 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Takuya Aoki September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16) (age 19) 0 0 Japan Omiya Ardija 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Kazuya Yamamura December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02) (age 20) 1 0 Japan Ryutsu Keizai University F.C. 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Naoki Yamada Cruz Roja.svg July 4, 1990 (1990-07-04) (age 19) 2 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Takuji Yonemoto December 3, 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 19) 1 0 Japan F.C. Tokyo 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Hideo Hashimoto May 21, 1979 (1979-05-21) (age 30) 13 0 Japan Gamba Osaka Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Forwards
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Hisato Satō March 12, 1982 (1982-03-12) (age 28) 31 4 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2010 East Asian Football Championship v. Korea Republic, February 14, 2010
Kazuma Watanabe August 10, 1986 (1986-08-10) (age 23) 1 0 Japan Yokohama F. Marinos 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Kensuke Nagai March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05) (age 21) 1 0 Japan Fukuoka University 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Yuya Osako May 18, 1990 (1990-05-18) (age 19) 0 0 Japan Kashima Antlers 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, January 6, 2010
Ryoichi Maeda October 9, 1981 (1981-10-09) (age 28) 5 2 Japan Júbilo Iwata Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Kisho Yano April 5, 1984 (1984-04-05) (age 25) 16 2 Japan Albirex Niigata 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Tatsuya Tanaka November 27, 1982 (1982-11-27) (age 27) 16 3 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Bahrain, March 28, 2009

Top Goalscorers

Pos Player Goals Tenure
1 Kunishige Kamamoto 75 1964–1977
2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55 1992–2000
3 Hiromi Hara 37 1978–1988
4 Takuya Takagi 27 1992–1997
5 Kazushi Kimura 26 1979–1986
6 Shunsuke Nakamura 24 2000–
7 Naohiro Takahara 23 2000–2008
8 Masashi Nakayama 21 1990–2003
9 Teruki Miyamoto 19 1961–1971
10 Atsushi Yanagisawa 17 1998–2006
10 Yuji Nakazawa 17 1999–

* The players in bold typeface are still active in football.

Most Capped

Pos Player Caps Tenure
1 Masami Ihara 122 1988–1999
2 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 1997–2008
3 Yuji Nakazawa 101 1999–
4 Shunsuke Nakamura 94 2000–
5 Yasuhito Endō 90 2002–
6 Kazuyoshi Miura 89 1990–2000
7 Alessandro dos Santos 82 2002–2006
8 Satoshi Tsunami 80 1980–1995
9 Junichi Inamoto 78 2000–
10 Hidetoshi Nakata 77 1997–2006

* The players in bold typeface are still active in football.

Category:Japan international footballers

Past Competition Rosters

World Cup Rosters

Asian Cup Rosters

Confederations Cup Rosters

Summer Olympics Rosters

Manager History

Manager Period
Japan Takeshi Okada 2007–present
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Osim 2006–2007
Brazil Zico 2002–2006
France Philippe Troussier 1998–2002
Japan Takeshi Okada 1997–1998
Japan Shu Kamo 1994–1997
Brazil Falcão 1994
Netherlands Hans Ooft 1992–1993
Japan Kenzo Yokoyama 1988–1991
Japan Yoshinobu Ishii 1986–1987
Japan Takaji Mori 1981–1985
Japan Saburō Kawabuchi 1980–1981
Manager Period
Japan Masashi Watanabe 1980
Japan Yukio Shimomura 1979–1980
Japan Hiroshi Ninomiya 1976–1978
Japan Ken Naganuma 1972–1976
Japan Shunichiro Okano 1970–1971
Japan Ken Naganuma 1962–1969
Japan Hidetoki Takahashi 1960–1962
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi 1958–1959
Japan Taizo Kawamoto 1958
Japan Hidetoki Takahashi 1957
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi 1951–1956
Japan Hirokazu Ninomiya 1951

Competition Records

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

FIFA World Cup Record

FIFA World Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
France 1938 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Brazil 1950 Banned - - - - - - -
Switzerland 1954 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1958 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Chile 1962 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
England 1966 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Mexico 1970 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Argentina 1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
France 1998 Round 1 31 3 0 0 3 1 4
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round of 16 9 4 2 1 1 5 3
Germany 2006 Round 1 28 3 0 1 2 2 7
South Africa 2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 4/19 1 Round of 16 10 2 2 6 8 14
FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1998 Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  Argentina Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  Croatia Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 2  Jamaica Loss
2002 Round 1  Japan 2 – 2  Belgium Draw
Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Russia Win
Round 1  Japan 2 – 0  Tunisia Win
Round 2  Japan 0 – 1  Turkey Loss
2006 Round 1  Japan 1 – 3  Australia Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  Croatia Draw
Round 1  Japan 1 – 4  Brazil Loss
2010 Round 1  Japan  Cameroon -
Round 1  Japan  Netherlands -
Round 1  Japan  Denmark -

FIFA Confederations Cup Record

FIFA Confederations Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1995 Round 1 6 2 0 0 2 1 8
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Mexico 1999 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2001 Runners-Up 2 5 3 1 1 6 1
France 2003 Round 1 6 3 1 0 2 4 3
Germany 2005 Round 1 5 3 1 1 1 4 4
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Total 4/8 1 Runners-Up 13 5 2 6 15 16
FIFA Confederations Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1995 Round 1  Japan 0 – 3  Nigeria Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 5  Argentina Loss
2001 Round 1  Japan 3 – 0  Canada Win
Round 1  Japan 2 – 0  Cameroon Win
Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  Brazil Draw
Semifinals  Japan 1 – 0  Australia Win
Final  Japan 0 – 1  France Loss
2003 Round 1  Japan 3 – 0  New Zealand Win
Round 1  Japan 1 – 2  France Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  Colombia Loss
2005 Round 1  Japan 1 – 2  Mexico Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Greece Win
Round 1  Japan 2 – 2  Brazil Draw

AFC Asian Cup Record

AFC Asian Cup Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Hong Kong 1956 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
South Korea 1960 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Israel 1964 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Iran 1968 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Thailand 1972 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Iran 1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Kuwait 1980 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Singapore 1984 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Qatar 1988 Round 1 10 4 0 1 3 0 6
Japan 1992 Champions 1 5 3 2 0 6 3
United Arab Emirates 1996 Quarterfinals 7 4 3 0 1 7 3
Lebanon 2000 Champions 1 6 5 1 0 21 6
People's Republic of China 2004 Champions 1 6 4 2 0 13 6
IndonesiaMalaysiaThailandVietnam 2007 Fourth Place 4 6 2 3 1 11 7
Qatar 2011 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 7/15 3 Titles 31 17 9 5 58 31
AFC Asian Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1988 Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  Iran Draw
Round 1  Japan 0 – 2  Korea Republic Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  United Arab Emirates Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 3  Qatar Loss
1992 Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  United Arab Emirates Draw
Round 1  Japan 1 – 1  Korea DPR Draw
Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Iran Win
Semifinals  Japan 3 – 2  China PR Win
Finals  Japan 1 – 0  Saudi Arabia Win
1996 Round 1  Japan 2 – 1  Syria Win
Round 1  Japan 4 – 0  Uzbekistan Win
Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  China PR Win
Quarterfinals  Japan 0 – 2  Kuwait Loss
2000 Round 1  Japan 4 – 1  Saudi Arabia Win
Round 1  Japan 8 – 1  Uzbekistan Win
Round 1  Japan 1 – 1  Qatar Draw
Quarterfinals  Japan 4 – 1  Iraq Win
Semifinals  Japan 3 – 2  China PR Win
Finals  Japan 1 – 0  Saudi Arabia Win
2004 Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Oman Win
Round 1  Japan 4 – 1  Thailand Win
Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  Iran Draw
Quarterfinals  Japan 1 – 1  Jordan Draw
Semifinals  Japan 4 – 3  Bahrain Win
Finals  Japan 3 – 1  China PR Win
2007 Round 1  Japan 1 – 1  Qatar Draw
Round 1  Japan 3 – 1  United Arab Emirates Win
Round 1  Japan 4 – 1  Vietnam Win
Quarterfinals  Japan 1 – 1  Australia Draw
Semifinals  Japan 2 – 3  Saudi Arabia Loss
Third Place  Japan 0 – 0  Korea Republic Draw

Olympic Games Record

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over 23 years of age, and the achievements of this team are not generally regarded as part of the national teams records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

Olympic Games Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1900 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1904 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 1908 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1912 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Belgium 1920 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
France 1924 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Netherlands 1928 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Germany 1936 Quarterfinals 8 2 1 0 1 3 10
United Kingdom 1948 Banned - - - - - - -
Finland 1952 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Australia 1956 Round 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 2
Italy 1960 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Japan 1964 Quarterfinals 8 3 1 0 2 5 9
Mexico 1968 Third Place 3 6 3 2 1 9 8
Germany 1972 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Canada 1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1980 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1984 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
South Korea 1988 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1992 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1996 Round 1 9 3 2 0 1 4 4
Australia 2000 Quarterfinals 5 4 2 1 1 6 5
Greece 2004 Round 1 13 3 1 0 2 6 7
People's Republic of China 2008 Round 1 15 3 0 0 3 1 4
Total 8/24 1 Third Place 25 10 3 12 34 49
Olympic Games History
Year Round Score Result
1936 Round 1  Japan 3 – 2  Sweden Win
Quarterfinals  Japan 0 – 8  Italy Loss
1956 Round 1  Japan 0 – 2  Australia Loss
1964 Round 1  Japan 3 – 2  Argentina Win
Round 1  Japan 2 – 3  Ghana Loss
Quarterfinals  Japan 0 – 4  Czechoslovakia Loss
1968 Round 1  Japan 3 – 1  Nigeria Win
Round 1  Japan 1 – 1  Brazil Draw
Round 1  Japan 0 – 0  Spain Draw
Quarterfinals  Japan 3 – 1  France Win
Semifinals  Japan 0 – 5  Hungary Loss
Third Place  Japan 2 – 0  Mexico Win
1996 Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Brazil Win
Round 1  Japan 0 – 2  Nigeria Loss
Round 1  Japan 3 – 2  Hungary Win
2000 Round 1  Japan 2 – 1  South Africa Win
Round 1  Japan 2 – 1  Slovakia Win
Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  Brazil Loss
Quarterfinals  Japan 2 – 2  United States Draw
2004 Round 1  Japan 3 – 4  Paraguay Loss
Round 1  Japan 2 – 3  Italy Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 0  Ghana Win
2008 Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  United States Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 2  Nigeria Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 1  Netherlands Loss

East Asian Football Championship Record

East Asian Football Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Japan 2003 Runners-Up 2 3 2 1 0 3 0
South Korea 2005 Runners-Up 2 3 1 1 1 3 3
People's Republic of China 2008 Runners-Up 2 3 1 2 0 3 2
Japan 2010 Third Place 3 3 1 1 1 4 3
Total 4/4 3 Runners-Up 12 5 5 2 13 8
East Asian Football Championship History
Year Round Score Result
2003 Finals  Japan 2 – 0  China PR Win
Finals  Japan 1 – 0  Hong Kong Win
Finals  Japan 0 – 0  Korea Republic Draw
2005 Finals  Japan 0 – 1  Korea DPR Loss
Finals  Japan 2 – 2  China PR Draw
Finals  Japan 1 – 0  Korea Republic Win
2008 Finals  Japan 1 – 1  Korea DPR Draw
Finals  Japan 1 – 0  China PR Win
Finals  Japan 1 – 1  Korea Republic Draw
2010 Finals  Japan 0 – 0  China PR Draw
Finals  Japan 3 – 0  Hong Kong Win
Finals  Japan 1 – 3  Korea Republic Loss

Copa América Record

Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999 and 2011[3].

Copa América Record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Paraguay 1999 Round 1 10 3 0 1 2 3 8
Argentina 2011 Invited - - - - - - -
Total 2 10 3 0 1 2 3 8
Copa América
Year Round Score Result
1999 Round 1  Japan 2 – 3  Peru Loss
Round 1  Japan 0 – 4  Paraguay Loss
Round 1  Japan 1 – 1  Bolivia Draw

Honors

International

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

Regional

Champions (3): 1992, 2000, 2004
Fourth Place (1): 2007
Runners-Up (3): 2003, 2005, 2008
Third Place (1): 2010

Youth National Programs

U-20 National Team

See: Japan national under-20 football team

U-17 National Team

See: Japan national under-17 football team

See also

References

  1. ^ A common methodology of nickname creation is done by taking the last name of incumbent head coach followed by "Japan". Past teams have been referred to as, "Osim Japan" (オシムジャパン Oshimu Japan?), "Zico Japan" (ジーコジャパン Jīko Japan?), "Troussier Japan" (トルシエジャパン Torushie Japan?).
  2. ^ Matsushima, Ken. "History of the J. League". Rising Sun News. http://www.wldcup.com/Asia/jleague/history.html. Retrieved 2006-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b Japan Invited To Copa America 2011 Along With Mexico Goal.com 2 Jun 2009
  4. ^ Hongo, Jun, "SOCCER IN JAPAN: Japan team has foot in World Cup door but can it kick?", Japan Times, February 9, 2010, p. 3.
  5. ^ Brand Republic News. "World's richest teams: Cup overfloweth". Rising Sun News. http://www.brandrepublic.com/bulletins/sports/article/558306/worlds-richest-teams-cup-overfloweth/. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Current Japanese National Team Squad". Japan Football Association. http://www.jfa.or.jp/eng/topics/2010/55.html. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 

External links

Preceded by
1988 Saudi Arabia 
Champions Of Asia
1992 Japan  (1st Title)
Succeeded by
1996 Saudi Arabia 
Preceded by
1996 Saudi Arabia 
Champions Of Asia
2000 Japan  (2nd Title)
Succeeded by
2004 Japan 
Preceded by
2000 Japan 
Champions Of Asia
2004 Japan  (3rd Title)
Succeeded by
2007 Iraq 

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