World Cup participations: 2
Greatest World Cup achievement: last sixteen (2002)
Japan has qualified for the world cup as group winners, although
with a lot of narrow wins.
Captain Tsuneyasu Miyamoto is an outstanding defender,
although he is not that famous in Europe like Hidetoshi Nakata of Bolton,
Inamoto of WBA, Shinji Ono of Feyenoord, Shunsuke Nakamura of Celtic
or Takahara of Hamburg.
The midfield is really filled very well, but the attack cannot keep up
with that and what's the use of great passing, when there is nobody who
puts the ball into the net.
However - Croatia and Australia are no super-duper teams and for
any of the three teams promotion is possible.
The odds on Japan as world cup winner were certainly high
- 151.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner Japan you get 15.0.
Association Japan Football Association
Coach Zico, (2002-)
Most caps Masami Ihara (123)
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (73)
Japan 0 - 5 China
(Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917)
Japan 15 - 0 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967)
Japan 2 - 15 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917)
Appearances 3 (First in 1998)
Best result Round 2, 2002
AFC Asian Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1988)
Best result Winners, 1992, 2000, 2004
World Cup Squad Japan
This is the official world cup squad -
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world cup players
Other World Cup Teams
Trinidad and Tobago
Serbia and Montenegro