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

On July 21, 2006, Bosnianmarker Ivica Osim, who previously coached Yugoslavia and most recently JEF United Ichihara Chiba, took over as manager, succeeding Zico, who had coached Japan from 2002 through the end of Japan's 2006 FIFA World Cup campaign. However, in late 2007 Osim suffered a stroke and was replaced by Takeshi Okada, who had previously served as the manager for Japan leading up to and during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

The team is commonly known by the fans and media as , or , 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 is known as Osim Japan. Recently the team has been known or nicknamed as the Blue Samurai.

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.

History

Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico Citymarker, 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 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 Koreamarker. 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 Germanymarker, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2-0 in Bangkok, Thailandmarker. 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.

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 Tashkentmarker.

Kits

Japan's current uniforms are provided by Adidas, the team's official apparel sponsor. The home kit consists of a blue jersey with yellow trims, 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. From 1988 to 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 flames. Japan also used a third kit consisting of another white jersey with black shorts and red socks in the J-League vs. K-League match.

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.

Schedule and recent results

For 2008 results refer to Japan national football team in 2008
Date Opponent Result Score1 Venue Competition
Jan 20, 2009 W 2-1 KKWing Stadiummarker, Kumamoto, Japanmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Jan 28, 2009 L 0-1 National Stadiummarker, Madinat 'Isamarker, Bahrainmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Feb 04, 2009 W 5-1 National Stadiummarker, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker Friendly Match (2009 Kirin Challenge Cup)
Feb 11, 2009 D 0-0 International Stadium Yokohamamarker, Yokohama, Japanmarker 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Mar 28, 2009 W 1-0 Saitama Stadiummarker, Saitama, Japanmarker 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
May 27, 2009 W 4-0 Nagai Stadiummarker, Osaka, Japanmarker 2009 Kirin Cup
May 31, 2009 W 4-0 National Stadiummarker, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 2009 Kirin Cup
Jun 06, 2009 W 1-0 Pakhtakor Stadiummarker, Tashkentmarker, Uzbekistanmarker 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Jun 10, 2009 D 1-1 International Stadium Yokohamamarker, Yokohama, Japanmarker 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Jun 17, 2009 L 1-2 Melbourne Cricket Groundmarker, Melbournemarker, Australia 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
Sep 05, 2009 L 0-3 De Grolsch Vestemarker, Enschedemarker, Netherlandsmarker Friendly Match
Sep 09, 2009 W 4-3 Stadion Galgenwaardmarker, Utrechtmarker, Netherlandsmarker Friendly Match
Oct 08, 2009 W 6-0 Outsourcing Stadiummarker, Shizuoka, Japanmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Oct 10, 2009 W 2-0 Nissan Stadiummarker, Yokohama. Japanmarker Friendly Match (2009 Kirin Challenge Cup)
Oct 14, 2009 W 5-0 Miyagi Stadiummarker, Rifumarker, Japanmarker Friendly Match (2009 Kirin Challenge Cup)
Nov 14, 2009 D 0-0 Nelson Mandela Stadiummarker, Port Elizabethmarker, South Africa Friendly Match
Nov 18, 2009 W 4-0 Hong Kong Stadiummarker, Hong Kongmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Jan 06, 2010 Ali Muhesen Stadium, Sana'amarker, Yemenmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
Feb 06, 2010 National Stadiummarker, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 2010 East Asian Football Championship
Feb 11, 2010 Tokyo Stadiummarker, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 2010 East Asian Football Championship
Feb 14, 2010 Tokyo Stadiummarker, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker 2010 East Asian Football Championship
Mar 03, 2010 TBA, Japanmarker 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Jun, 2010 TBA TBA, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
Jun, 2010 TBA TBA, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
Jun, 2010 TBA TBA, South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup
1 Japan score always listed first

Players

Current Squad

Squad selected for the friendly match against South Africa and 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification against Hong Kong, November 14 and November 18, 2009.









Recent Call Ups

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

Goalkeepers


Defenders


Midfielders


Forwards


Top Goalscorers

As of June 11, 2009the players with the most goals are:* The players in bold typeface are still active in football.


Most Capped

As of June 11, 2009the players with the most capsare:* The players in bold typeface are still active in football.


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Past Competition Rosters

World Cup Rosters

Asian Cup Rosters



Confederations Cup Rosters



Summer Olympics Rosters



Manager History





Competition Records

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.


FIFA World Cup Record





FIFA Confederations Cup Record





AFC Asian Cup Record





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.





East Asian Football Championship Record





Copa América Record

Japan is the only team from outside the Americasto participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999and 2011.





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


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. Japan Invited To Copa America 2011 Along With Mexico Goal.com 2 Jun 2009


External links



Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Kaito Yamamoto 0 0 Shimizu S-Pulse Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Ryōta Tsuzuki 6 0 Urawa Red Diamonds Friendly v. Ghana, September 9, 2009
Seigo Narazaki 69 0 Nagoya Grampus 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Takanori Sugeno 0 0 Kashiwa Reysol 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, February 11, 2009
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 0 Júbilo Iwata 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Bahrain, 28 January 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Yuto Nagatomo 18 3 F.C. Tokyo Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Keisuke Iwashita 0 0 Shimizu S-Pulse Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Satoshi Yamaguchi 2 0 Gamba Osaka 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Tomoaki Makino 0 0 Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Shuhei Terada 6 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Bahrain, March 28, 2009
Kazumichi Takagi 5 0 Gamba Osaka 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, February 11, 2009
Michihiro Yasuda 6 1 Gamba Osaka 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, February 11, 2009
Hiroki Mizumoto 3 0 Kyoto Sanga 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Bahrain, 28 January 2009
Shohei Abe 0 0 Nagoya Grampus 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, 20 January 2009
Yosuke Ishibitsu 0 0 Vissel Kobe Training session, January 2009
Masato Morishige 0 0 Oita Trinita Training session, January 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Kengo Nakamura 41 5 Kawasaki Frontale Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Hideo Hashimoto 13 0 Gamba Osaka Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Naohiro Ishikawa 4 0 F.C. Tokyo Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Naoki Yamada 1 0 Urawa Red Diamonds 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Shinji Kagawa 10 2 Cerezo Osaka 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Uzbekistan, June 6, 2009
Mu Kanazaki 1 0 Oita Trinita 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Bahrain, March 28, 2009
Takeshi Aoki 2 0 Kashima Antlers 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Bahrain, 28 January 2009
Takashi Inui 1 0 Cerezo Osaka 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, 20 January 2009
Hiroyuki Taniguchi 0 0 Kawasaki Frontale 2011 AFC Asian Cup qual. v. Yemen, 20 January 2009
Kohei Kudo 0 0 JEF United Ichihara Chiba Training session, January 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Takayuki Morimoto 2 1 Catania Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Ryoichi Maeda 5 2 Júbilo Iwata Friendly v. Togo, October 14, 2009
Kisho Yano 16 2 Albirex Niigata 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, June 17, 2009
Tatsuya Tanaka 16 3 Urawa Red Diamonds 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Bahrain, March 28, 2009
Seiichiro Maki 38 8 JEF United Ichihara Chiba 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Australia, February 11, 2009
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–
Pos Player Caps Tenure
1 Masami Ihara 122 1988–1999
2 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 1997–
3 Yuji Nakazawa 96 1999–
4 Shunsuke Nakamura 93 2000–
5 Kazuyoshi Miura 89 1990–2000
6 Yasuhito Endō 85 2002–
7 Alessandro dos Santos 82 2002–2006
8 Satoshi Tsunami 80 1980–1995
9 Hidetoshi Nakata 77 1997–2006
10 Kunishige Kamamoto 76 1964–1977
Manager
Period
Takeshi Okada
2007 - present
Ivica Osim
2006 - 2007
Zico
2002 - 2006
Philippe Troussier
1998 - 2002
Takeshi Okada
1997 - 1998
Shu Kamo
1994 - 1997
Falcão
1994
Hans Ooft
1992 - 1993
Kenzo Yokoyama
1988 - 1991
Yoshinobu Ishii
1986 - 1987
Takaji Mori
1981 - 1985
Saburō Kawabuchi
1980 - 1981
Manager Period
Masashi Watanabe
1980
Yukio Shimomura
1979 - 1980
Hiroshi Ninomiya
1976 - 1978
Ken Naganuma
1972 - 1976
Shunichiro Okano
1970 - 1971
Ken Naganuma
1962 - 1969
Hidetoki Takahashi
1960 - 1962
Shigemaru Takenokoshi
1958 - 1959
Taizo Kawamoto
1958
Hidetoki Takahashi
1957
Shigemaru Takenokoshi
1951 - 1956
Hirokazu Ninomiya
1951
FIFA World Cup Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1930 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1934 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1938 Withdrew - - - - - - -
1950 Banned - - - - - - -
1954 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1958 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1962 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1966 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1970 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1974 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1978 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1982 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1986 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1990 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1994 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1998 Round 1 31 3 0 0 3 1 4
2002 Round of 16 9 4 2 1 1 5 3
2006 Round 1 28 3 0 1 2 2 7
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 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 1 – 2 Loss
2002
Round 1 2 – 2 Draw
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Round 2 0 – 1 Loss
2006
Round 1 1 – 3 Loss
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 1 – 4 Loss
2010
Round 1 -
Round 1 -
Round 1 -
FIFA Confederations Cup Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1992 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1995 Round 1 6 2 0 0 2 1 8
1997 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1999 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
2001 Runners-Up 2 5 3 1 1 6 1
2003 Round 1 6 3 1 0 2 4 3
2005 Round 1 5 3 1 1 1 4 4
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 0 – 3 Loss
Round 1 1 – 5 Loss
2001
Round 1 3 – 0 Win
Round 1 2 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Semifinals 1 – 0 Win
Final 0 – 1 Loss
2003
Round 1 3 – 0 Win
Round 1 1 – 2 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
2005
Round 1 1 – 2 Loss
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Round 1 2 – 2 Draw
AFC Asian Cup Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1956 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1960 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1964 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1968 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1972 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1980 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1984 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1988 Round 1 10 4 0 1 3 0 6
1992 Champions 1 5 3 2 0 6 3
1996 Quarterfinals 7 4 3 0 1 7 3
2000 Champions 1 6 5 1 0 21 6
2004 Champions 1 6 4 2 0 13 6
2007 Fourth Place 4 6 2 3 1 11 7
2011 Qualifying In Progress - - - - - - -
Total 6/14 3 Titles 31 17 9 5 58 31
AFC Asian Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1988
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 0 – 3 Loss
1992
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Semifinals 3 – 2 Win
Finals 1 – 0 Win
1996
Round 1 2 – 1 Win
Round 1 4 – 0 Win
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Quarterfinals 0 – 2 Loss
2000
Round 1 4 – 1 Win
Round 1 8 – 1 Win
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Quarterfinals 4 – 1 Win
Semifinals 3 – 2 Win
Finals 1 – 0 Win
2004
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Round 1 4 – 1 Win
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Quarterfinals 1 – 1 Draw
Semifinals 4 – 3 Win
Finals 3 – 1 Win
2007
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 4 – 1 Win
Quarterfinals 1 – 1 Draw
Semifinals 2 – 3 Loss
Third Place 0 – 0 Draw
Olympic Games Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1900 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1904 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1908 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1912 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1920 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1924 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1928 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1936 Quarterfinals 8 2 1 0 1 3 10
1948 Banned - - - - - - -
1952 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
1956 Round 1 10 1 0 0 1 0 2
1960 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1964 Quarterfinals 8 3 1 0 2 5 9
1968 Third Place 3 6 3 2 1 9 8
1972 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1980 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1984 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1988 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1992 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
1996 Round 1 9 3 2 0 1 4 4
2000 Quarterfinals 5 4 2 1 1 6 5
2004 Round 1 13 3 1 0 2 6 7
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 3 – 2 Win
Quarterfinals 0 – 8 Loss
1956
Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
1964
Round 1 3 – 2 Win
Round 1 2 – 3 Loss
Quarterfinals 0 – 4 Loss
1968
Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
Quarterfinals 3 – 1 Win
Semifinals 0 – 5 Loss
Third Place 2 – 0 Win
1996
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
Round 1 3 – 2 Win
2000
Round 1 2 – 1 Win
Round 1 2 – 1 Win
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Quarterfinals 2 – 2 Draw
2004
Round 1 3 – 4 Loss
Round 1 2 – 3 Loss
Round 1 1 – 0 Win
2008
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 1 – 2 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
East Asian Football Championship Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
2003 Runners-Up 2 3 2 1 0 3 0
2005 Runners-Up 2 3 1 1 1 3 3
2008 Runners-Up 2 3 1 2 0 3 2
2010 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 4/4 3 Runners-Up 9 4 4 1 9 5
East Asian Football Championship History
Year Round Score Result
2003
Finals 2 – 0 Win
Finals 1 – 0 Win
Finals 0 – 0 Draw
2005
Finals 0 – 1 Loss
Finals 2 – 2 Draw
Finals 1 – 0 Win
2008
Finals 1 – 1 Draw
Finals 1 – 0 Win
Finals 1 – 1 Draw
Copa América Record
Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D*
L
GS
GA
1999 Round 1 10 3 0 1 2 3 8
2011 Invited - - - - - - -
Total 2 10 3 0 1 2 3 8
Copa América
Year Round Score Result
1999
Round 1 2 – 3 Loss
Round 1 0 – 4 Loss
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw

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