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Group F

JAPAN

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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.

Japan 

Nickname Blues 
Association Japan Football Association 
Coach Zico, (2002-) 
Most caps Masami Ihara (123) 
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (73) 


First International
Japan 0 - 5 China
(Tokyo, Japan; May 9, 1917) 

Largest win
Japan 15 - 0 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; September 27, 1967) 

Worst defeat
Japan 2 - 15 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; September 10, 1917) 

World Cup 
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 -
you can find here all the world cup players for Japan


Goalkeepers
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi
Yoichi Doi
Seigo Narazaki

Defenders
Teruyuki Moniwa
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto
Alessandro Santos
Yuji Nakazawa
Keisuke Tsuboi
Akira Kaji
Yuichi Komano
Koji Nakata

Midfielders
Takashi Fukunishi
Mitsuo Ogasawara
Shinji Ono
Yasuhito Endo
Hidetoshi Nakata
Shunsuke Nakamura
Junichi Inamoto

Strikers
Seiichiro Maki
Keiji Tamada
Atsushi Yanagisawa
Masashi Oguro
Naohiro Takahara




Other World Cup Teams

Group A  Germany  Costa Rica  Poland  Ecuador
Group B  England  Paraguay  Trinidad and Tobago  Sweden
Group C  Argentina  Cote d'Ivoire  Serbia and Montenegro  Netherlands
Group D  Mexico  Iran  Angola  Portugal
Group E  Italy  Ghana  USA  Czech Republic
Group F  Brazil  Croatia  Australia  Japan
Group G  France  Switzerland  Korea Republic  Togo
Group H  Spain  Ukraine  Tunisia  Saudi Arabia


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