Japan national football team

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The Japan national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本代表, Hepburn: Sakkā Nihon Daihyō), nicknamed the Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー, Samurai Burū),[1][2] represents Japan in men's international football and it is controlled by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan.

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)[1][2]
Since 19 October 2009[3]
AssociationJapan Football Association (JFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachHajime Moriyasu
CaptainMaya Yoshida
Most capsYasuhito Endō (152)
Top scorerKunishige Kamamoto (75)[4]
Home stadiumSaitama Stadium 2002 (mostly)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 24 Decrease 1 (23 June 2022)[5]
Highest9 (March 1998)
Lowest66 (December 1992)
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo, Japan; 9 May 1917)
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917)
World Cup
Appearances7 (first in 1998)
Best resultRound of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
Asian Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1988)
Best resultChampions (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
Copa América (as guest)
Appearances2 (first in 1999)
Best resultGroup stage (1999, 2019)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up (2001)

Japan was not a major football force until the end of the 1980s, with a small and amateur team. Since the 1990s, when Japanese football became fully professionalized, Japan has emerged as one of the most successful teams in Asia; they have qualified for the last seven FIFA World Cups with advancements from the group stages in 2002, 2010, and 2018, (the most of any Asian team) and won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Japan remains the only team from the AFC other than Australia and Saudi Arabia to have reached the final of a senior FIFA men's competition.

Japan's progression in a short period has served as an inspiration and example of how to develop football.[7][8] Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, North Korea, China and, most recently, Australia; they also developed rivalries against Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Japan was the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999, 2011, 2015, and 2019 editions of the tournament, though they only played in the 1999 and 2019 events.[9]

HistoryEdit

Pre-war Era (1910s–1930s)Edit

Japan's earliest international matches were at the 1917 Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo, where it was represented by a team from the Tokyo Higher Normal School. Although Japan made strong showings in swimming, baseball, and track and field, its football team suffered resounding defeats to the Republic of China and the Philippines.[10] Nevertheless, the game was promoted in Japanese schools in the 1920s.[11] The Japan Football Association was formed in 1921,[12] and Japan joined FIFA in May 1929.[11]

Japan's first "true" national team (as opposed to a university team chosen to represent the country) was fielded at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games, and drew with China for the championship title.[11] Shigeyoshi Suzuki coached the national team to its first Olympic appearance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.[12] Japan was an entrant for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, but withdrew before its scheduled qualifying match against the Dutch East Indies.[13]

After World War II began in earnest, Japan did not play in international competition, except for a handful of matches against Manchuria and other colonies.[11] Its last prewar match for purposes of Elo ratings was a friendly against the Philippines in June 1940.[14]

While Korea was under Japanese rule, multiple Koreans played in international competition for Japan, including Kim Yong-sik (1936–40), Kim Sung-gan (1940) and Lee Yoo-hyung (1940).

Post-war Era (1950s–1980s)Edit

 
Japan playing Argentine club Racing de Córdoba at the 1981 President's Cup

Japan's postwar debut was in the 1951 Asian Games in India.[14] Japan re-joined FIFA in 1950 and played in qualifiers for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, but lost the AFC qualifying berth to South Korea after two matches, beginning an intense rivalry.[12] Japan also joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954.[11]

Dettmar Cramer joined the Japan national team as coach in 1960, and helped lead the team to the round of eight at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[15] 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.[16] Nonetheless, Japan had come close to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but lost to South Korea in the deciding matches.

Japan made its first appearance in the Asian Cup in 1988, where they were eliminated in the group stage following a draw with Iran and losses to South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

The late 1980s saw concrete moves to professionalize the sport in Japan. JFA introduced a Special Licensed Player system in 1986, allowing a limited number of professional players to compete in the domestic semi-professional league. Action committees were held in 1988 and 1989 to discuss the introduction of a full professional league in Japan.[15]

1990s: RiseEdit

 
A match vs. Argentina at Toulouse in France in 1998.

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. The following year, Japan hosted the 1992 Asian Cup and won their first title by defeating Saudi Arabia in a 1–0 win during the final. The J.League was officially launched in 1993, causing interest in football and the national team to grow.

However, in its first attempt to qualify with professional players, Japan narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 World Cup after drawing with Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the "Agony of Doha". Japan's next tournament was a defence of their continental title at the 1996 Asian Cup. The team won all their games in the group stage but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a 2–0 loss to Kuwait.

The nation's first ever World Cup appearance was in 1998, where Japan lost all their games. The first two fixtures went 1–0 in favour of Argentina and Croatia, and the campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to Jamaica. Japan impressed in all three games, however, with all three defeats were just one goal margin.

2000sEdit

In the 2000 AFC Asian Cup, Japan managed to reclaim their title after defeating Saudi Arabia in the final, becoming Asian Champions for the second time.

 
A match vs. Belgium at Saitama Stadium 2002 on 4 June 2002

Two years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. After a 2–2 draw with Belgium in their opening match, 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.

The 2004 AFC Asian Cup hosted by China, the Japanese managed to retain the title, though its journey had been more troubling. Facing against an entirely hostile Chinese fans, the Japanese managed to top their group after two wins over Thailand and Oman, before overcame Jordan and Bahrain, both hard-fought games for Japan, to reach the final where they beat host China 3–1.

On 8 June 2005, Japan qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2–0 on neutral ground. However, Japan failed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Australia 1–3, drawing Croatia 0–0 and losing to Brazil 1–4.

The 2007 AFC Asian Cup saw Japan failed to defend the title. Although easily topped ahead of host Vietnam and two Arab rivals, Qatar and the UAE, the Japanese were totally exhausted in their game against Australia, where Japan won only by penalty shootout. Having been exhausted for the win, Japan lost to Saudi Arabia in the semi-finals before failed in the third-place match to South Korea.

2010sEdit

During the 2010 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 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon, and was not expected highly due to unimpressive results in friendlies.[17] Despite this criticisms, Japan went on to shock its opening match of the 2010 World Cup with a 1–0 win against Cameroon, before subsequently lost to the Netherlands 0–1. Then, Japan resoundingly beat Denmark 3–1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay, making it the first time ever Japan progressed from the group stage without hosting the World Cup. In the first knockout round, Japan were eliminated from the competition following penalties after a 0–0 draw against Paraguay, but received praises for its outstanding performances.

After the World Cup, head coach Takeshi Okada resigned. He was replaced by former Juventus and Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. In his first few matches, Japan recorded victories over Guatemala (2–1) and Paraguay (1–0), as well as one of their best ever results, a 1–0 victory over Argentina.

At the start of 2011, Japan participated in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. On 29 January, they beat Australia 1–0 in the final after extra time, their fourth Asian Cup triumph and allowing them to qualify for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[18]

Japan then started their road to 2014 World Cup in Brazil with numerous qualifiers. Throughout, they suffered only two losses to Uzbekistan and Jordan, and drawing against Australia. Afterwards, on 12 October, Japan earned a historic 1–0 victory over France, a team they had never before defeated. After a 1–1 draw with Australia they qualified for the 2014 World Cup, becoming the first nation (outside of Brazil, who hosted the tournament and qualified automatically) to qualify.

Japan started their 2013 Confederations Cup campaign with a 3–0 loss to Brazil. They were then eliminated from the competition after losing to Italy 3–4 in a hard-fought match but received praise for their style of play in the match. They lost their final match 1–2 against Mexico and finished in fourth place in Group A. One month later, in the EAFF East Asian Cup, they started out with a 3–3 draw to China. They then beat Australia 3–2 and beat South Korea 2–1 in the third and final match in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup to claim the title. The road to Brazil looked bright as Japan managed a 2–2 draw with the Netherlands and a 2–3 victory over Belgium. This was followed by three straight wins against Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia.

Japan was placed into Group C at the 2014 World Cup alongside the Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia. They fell in their first match to Ivory Coast 2–1 despite initially taking the lead, allowing two goals in a two-minute span. They drew their second game to Greece 0–0. To qualify for the second round, they needed a victory against Colombia and needed Greece to beat Ivory Coast. Greece beat Ivory Coast 2–1, but Japan could not perform well against Colombia and were beaten 4–1, eliminating them from the World Cup. Alberto Zaccheroni resigned as head coach after the World Cup. In July 2014, former Mexico and Espanyol manager Javier Aguirre took over and Japan lost 0–2 to Uruguay in the first game he managed.

Aguirre would begin a strong revamp of the team, switching out Zaccheroni's long-used 4–2–3–1 formation for his own 4–3–3 and applied this with a roster of the J.League's finest, dropping many regulars. A 2–2 draw against Venezuela was followed by a 1–0 victory over Jamaica. However, they lost their following match to Brazil 4–0, with Neymar scoring all four goals. Japan's sights turned to January and their title defense at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

 
Japan national team vs Paraguay in 2008

Japan won its opening match at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Group D against Asian Cup debutantes Palestine 4–0, with goals from Yasuhito Endō, Shinji Okazaki, Keisuke Honda via a penalty and Maya Yoshida. Okazaki was named man of the match. They then faced Iraq and Jordan in their next group matches, which they won 1–0 and 2–0 respectively. They qualified to knockout stage as Group D winner with nine points, seven goals scored and no goals conceded. In the quarter-finals, Japan lost to the United Arab Emirates in a penalty shootout after a 1–1 draw, as Honda and Shinji Kagawa missed their penalty kicks. Japan's elimination marked their worst performance in the tournament in 19 years.

After the Asian Cup, Aguirre was sacked following allegations of corruption during a prior tenure. He was replaced by Vahid Halilhodžić in March 2015. Japan started on a rough note during qualification, losing to the UAE 1–2 at home. They then picked up the pace in their other qualifier games against Iraq, Australia, and Thailand, picking up 5 wins and 2 draws. Then, on 31 August 2017, Japan defeated Australia 2–0 at home thus qualifying them for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, making it their sixth successive World Cup. However, the Japan Football Association decided to sack Halilhodžić on 9 April 2018, only ten weeks before the World Cup finals, citing reasons of a breakdown in relationship between coach and player, and poor recent friendly results, and appoint the Technical Director, Japanese coach Akira Nishino, who had managed the Japanese Under-23 team at the 1996 Olympics, as the new manager.[19]

 
Japanese players before match with Iran at 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Japan made history in the 2018 FIFA World Cup by defeating Colombia 2–1, their first ever victory by any AFC team against a CONMEBOL team in an official tournament,[20] as well as Japan's first ever victory at the FIFA World Cup finals in UEFA nations. Their second match ended in a draw against Senegal, with one goal scored by Takashi Inui and the other by Keisuke Honda.[21] Japan were defeated in their last group game in the Group H against Poland 0–1,[22] leaving Japan and Senegal tied for second with an identical record, however, as Japan had received two fewer yellow cards, Japan advanced to the knockout stage on the Fair Play Points tiebreaker, the first team to do so.[23] The match with Poland caused controversy; as Japan were made aware of their advantage over Senegal with ten minutes left and decided to play an extremely conservative game, passing the ball around to one another and keeping it in their own box, seeking to avoid any bookings and didn't attempt to take any serious shots on goal, despite losing 0–1, with some fans booing the players.[24][25][26] The match received comparison to the 1982 World Cup Disgrace of Gijón, in which a similar game was played.[27] Japan were the only AFC team to have qualified to the knockout stage.[28] In the Round of 16 against Belgium, Japan took a surprising 2–0 lead with a goal in the 48th minute by Genki Haraguchi and another in the 52nd by Takashi Inui, but yielded 3 goals afterwards, including the winner by Nacer Chadli on the counterattack in the 94th minute. This was Japan's third time having reached the last 16, equaling their best result at a World Cup.[29] Japan's defeat to eventual third-place finishers Belgium was the first time a nation had lost a knockout match at the World Cup after taking a two-goal advantage since England lost to West Germany 2–3 in extra-time in the quarter-final of the 1970 edition.[30][31] This unfortunate scenario was due to the naivety of the Nipponese,[32][33][34] who were very offensive and did not fall back enough in defense once the two-goal lead was acquired (unlike France, eventual champion, in the semifinals who played low block against these same Belgians with success), leaving a lot of space to the Belgians, who also took advantage of their physical and athletic superiority to turn the game around. However, Japan's impressive performance was praised by fans, pundits and medias for their fighting spirits, as demonstrated by Japan's win over Colombia, a draw to Senegal and a strong counter offensive against heavyweight Belgium.[35]

Japan participated in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and had an almost successful tournament. The team easily topped group F after defeating Turkmenistan 3–2,[36] Oman 1–0[37] and Uzbekistan 2–1.[38] The team, however, got criticized for its defensive approach (as the offensive approach lead to a regretful scenario against Belgium during the World Cup 2018), as Japan won the group with only one goal margin wins in all three matches and two later knockout stage's matches as Japan only beat fellow powerhouse Saudi Arabia in the round of sixteen and dark horse Vietnam in the quarter-finals both with 1–0 margin.[39][40] The semi-finals saw Japan put the best performance up to date, thrashing rival powerhouse Iran 3–0 to reach the final.[citation needed] However, Japan's hope to win the fifth Asian Cup in two decades shattered with the team suffered a 1–3 loss to Aspire-based Qatar and finished runners-up of the tournament.[41]

Japan were invited to the 2019 Copa America, their second appearance at the tournament, and brought a young squad to the competition. They were in Group C with Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador. They lost their opening match, 0–4 to Chile.[42] Japan, however, bounced back well and managed to unluckily draw against football giants Uruguay 2–2, who (Uruguay) were deemed to been saved by VAR.[43] Japan needed a win against Ecuador to qualify for the knockouts, however they drew 1–1 and missed out due to inferior goal differences to Paraguay.[44] Aftermath saw Japan played a friendly game against the Paraguayans, and won 2–0 at home.

Japan was grouped with Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. In a pretty easy group, Japan proved to be the dominant force in their group, having cruised Myanmar, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan without conceding a goal so far.

In December, Japan participated in the 2019 EAFF E-1 Football Championship hosted in South Korea. Coach Moriyasu summoned a young and inexperienced squad for the competition. With the young squad, Japan only managed to win against China and Hong Kong, and lost to rival South Korea, finished second in the competition.

2020sEdit

On March 24, 2022, Japan qualified for the 2022 World Cup.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

Currently Japanese team is nicknamed officially Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー, Samurai Burū) by the JFA.[1][2] The team also is often known by the last name of the manager. For example, under Takeshi Okada, the team was known as Okada Japan (岡田ジャパン, Okada Japan),[45] or during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, team is referred by the recently departed manager's (Akira Nishino), as "Nishino Japan" (西野ジャパン, Nishino Japan).[46][47]

KitsEdit

 
Boeing 777-289 Samurai Blue Jet

The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past.[48] In the early 1980s, the kit was white with blue trim. The kits worn for the 1992 Asian Cup consisted of white stripes (stylized to form a wing) with red diamonds. During Japan's first World Cup appearance in 1996 Asian Cup and in 1998, the national team kits were blue jerseys with red and white flame designs on the sleeves, and were designed by JFA (with the sponsor alternating each year between Asics, Puma, and Adidas). The 1996 design was reproduced in a special kit used against Syria on 7 June 2017.

Japan uses blue and white rather than red and white due to a superstition. Japan first used blue shirts in the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games, where a team of the Tokyo Imperial University (whose color is light blue) represented Japan wearing light blue shirts,[49] and then in a 3–2 victory over Sweden in the first game of its maiden major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics.[50] When Japan was coached by Kenzo Yokoyama (1988–1992) the kits were red and white, matching the colours of Japan's national flag. After failures at 1990 FIFA World Cup and 1992 Summer Olympics qualifications, the red shirt was scrapped.

In the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, Japan temporarily switched the colour of the numbers from white to gold.

Japan's kit is provided by German company Adidas, the team's exclusive kit supplier since April 1999.[51] Before that, Asics and Puma had been the team's official apparel sponsor alongside Adidas.

On 3 June 2021, Japan released the special 100th anniversary kit for a friendly match against Jamaica, but the match was cancelled and replaced with a match against the U-24 team. The kit was also used by the U-24 team against U-24 Ghana on 5 June 2021.

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period Ref
None 1936–1978
  Asics 1979
  Puma 1980–1985
  Adidas 1986
  Asics 1987–1988
  Adidas 1989–1992
  Asics 1993–1998
  Adidas 1999–present

CrestEdit

The crest or emblem of the national team was adopted in late 2017 as part of a larger rebranding by the Japan Football Association.[52] The crest features the Yatagarasu, a three-legged crow from Japanese mythology that is a symbol for the sun, holding a solid red ball that is like the sun from national flag. The text "JFA" (for the Japan Football Association) is inscribed at the bottom of the crow. A red stripe is also present at the center of the shield behind the crow. The shield has a metallic gold trim and has a thicker black outline. The name of the country represented by the national team "Japan" is also inscribed within the black border.[53][54]

The previous crest used from 1996 had a shield with a more complex shape. The ball held by the Yatagarasu had white details. The text "Japan" is absent and "JFA" is written in a different typeface.[53]

Before 1988, Japan used the national flag outlined in red (and with JFA written in black on the lower left corner of the flag) on the shirts.

The Yatagarasu was first seen on the Japan shirts in 1988, where it was on a yellow circle with a blue outline with "JAPAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION" written around it. In 1991, the emblem changed to a white shield with a red vertical stripe on the center with the crow on it and "JFA" written in a green Gothic typeface. This crest was used until 1996.

Home stadiumEdit

 
Saitama Stadium 2002, where Japan usually plays in FIFA World Cup qualification.

Japan plays its home matches among various stadiums, in rotation, around the country. However, in majority in the final round of every FIFA World Cup qualification, plays mainly at the Saitama Stadium 2002.

RivalriesEdit

South KoreaEdit

Japan maintains a strong football rivalry with South Korea. The football rivalry is long-seated and is often seen as an extension of an overall historic rivalry between the two nations. Japan have met South Korea 80 times, trailing the statistic at 15 wins, 23 draws, and 42 losses. Japan have scored 73 goals and conceded 153. Both countries have made themselves unrivalled in both Asian Cup and World Cup records, being the two most successful Asian countries, and they hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup in a joint bid.

AustraliaEdit

Japan began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Australia, shortly after the latter joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).[55] The rivalry is regarded as one of Asia's biggest football rivalries.[56] The rivalry is a relatively recent one, born from a number of highly competitive matches between the two teams since Australia joined the AFC in 2006.[57] The rivalry began at the 2006 World Cup where the two countries were grouped together, and continued with the two countries meeting regularly in various AFC competitions, such as the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Final and the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.[58] Likewise, Australia and Japan also share World Cup and continental records that is nearly unrivaled in Asia, and also similar that football is not the main sport in both nations until recently; yet hold an indistinguishable record that being the only three members from the AFC to have reached the final of any senior FIFA competition, the other being Saudi Arabia, both in the defunct FIFA Confederations Cup, albeit Australia achieved it when the country still belonged to the OFC.[59]

ChinaEdit

Japan also has a long-standing rivalry with China, because of historical tensions between the two countries in the past. China is leading the series with 16 wins, with Japan only having 14 wins. However, Japan has achieved more successes than China.

SupportersEdit

 
Fans waving national flags in support of the Japanese national team

Japanese national team supporters are known for chanting "Nippon Ole" (Nippon is the Japanese word for Japan) at home matches.[60]

SponsorshipEdit

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 Adidas, Kirin, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, JAL, MS&AD Insurance Group, Asahi Shinbun, Mizuho Financial, Daito Trust Construction and KDDI.

MascotEdit

The mascots are "Karappe" (カラッペ) and "Karara" (カララ), two Yatagarasu wearing the Japan national football team kit. The mascots were designed by Japanese manga artist Susumu Matsushita. Each year when a new kit is launched, the mascots' uniforms are updated in order to match the kit being used by the team.

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Pokémon character Pikachu served as the mascot.[61]

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

Legend

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed/Cancelled   Fixture

2021Edit

2 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan   0–1   Oman Suita, Japan
19:10 UTC+9 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
  • Al-Sabhi   88'
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Attendance: 4,853
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
12 October 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan   2–1   Australia Saitama, Japan
19:10 UTC+9
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (SW)
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 14,437
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)

2022Edit

27 January 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan   2–0   China PR Saitama, Japan
19:00 UTC+9
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 11,753
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
1 February 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan   2–0   Saudi Arabia Saitama, Japan
19:10 UTC+9
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Report (Foxsport)
Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 19,118
Referee: Ko Hyung-jin (South Korea)
24 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Australia   0–2   Japan Sydney, Australia
20:10 UTC+11 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Stadium Australia
Attendance: 41,852
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
29 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan   1–1   Vietnam Saitama, Japan
19:35 UTC+9 Yoshida   55' Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Nguyễn Thanh Bình   19' Stadium: Saitama Stadium 2002
Attendance: 44,600
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (Uzbekistan)
2 June 2022 Kirin Challenge Cup Japan   4–1   Paraguay Sapporo, Japan
19:00 UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Attendance: 24,511
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
6 June 2022 Kirin Challenge Cup Japan   0–1   Brazil Tokyo, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Japan National Stadium
Attendance: 63,638
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
10 June 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer Japan   4–1   Ghana Kobe, Japan
18:55 UTC+9
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Attendance: 25,100
Referee: Kurt Ams (Australia)
14 June 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer Japan   0–3   Tunisia Osaka, Japan
18:55 UTC+9 Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
Attendance: 31,292
Referee: Ahmed Eisa Darwish (United Arab Emirates)
19 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Japan   v   Hong Kong Ibaraki, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (EAFF)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Kashima Soccer Stadium
24 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Japan   v   China PR Toyota, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (EAFF)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
27 July 2022 EAFF E-1 Football Championship Japan   v   South Korea Toyota, Japan
19:20 UTC+9 Report (EAFF)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
23 September[62][63] International Friendly Match Japan   v   United States Europe
--:--  Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
23 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Germany   v   Japan Doha, Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
27 November 2022 FIFA World Cup Japan   v   Costa Rica Al Rayyan, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
1 December 2022 FIFA World Cup Japan   v   Spain Doha, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3 Report (FIFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

2023Edit

June 2023 AFC Asian Cup Japan   v TBD TBD, TBD
Stadium: TBD
June 2023 AFC Asian Cup Japan   v TBD TBD, TBD
Stadium: TBD
June 2023 AFC Asian Cup Japan   v TBD TBD, TBD
Stadium: TBD

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 20 May 2022[64]
 
Hajime Moriyasu, current head coach of Japan
Role Name
Manager   Hajime Moriyasu
Assistant manager   Akinobu Yokouchi
  Toshihide Saito
  Yusaku Ueno
Goalkeeping coach   Takashi Shimoda
Physical coach   Ryoichi Matsumoto

Manager historyEdit

As of 14 June 2022 after the match against   Tunisia.
Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Win %
  Masujiro Nishida 1923 2 0 0 2 0%
  Goro Yamada 1925 2 0 0 2 0%
Vacant 1925 2 1 0 1 50%
  Shigeyoshi Suzuki (1st) 1930 2 1 1 0 50%
  Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1st) 1934 3 1 0 2 33.33%
  Shigeyoshi Suzuki (2nd) 1936 2 1 1 0 50%
  Shigemaru Takenokoshi (2nd) 1940 1 1 0 0 100%
  Hirokazu Ninomiya 1951 3 1 1 1 33.33%
  Shigemaru Takenokoshi (3rd) 1954–56 12 2 4 6 16.66%
  Taizo Kawamoto 1958 2 0 0 2 0%
  Shigemaru Takenokoshi (4th) 1958–59 12 4 2 6 33.33%
Vacant 1960 1 0 0 1 0%
  Hidetoki Takahashi 1961–1962 14 3 2 9 21.43%
  Ken Naganuma (1st) 1963–1969 31 18 7 6 58.06%
  Shunichiro Okano 1970–1971 19 11 2 6 57.90%
  Ken Naganuma (2nd) 1972–1976 42 16 6 20 38.09%
  Hiroshi Ninomiya 1976–1978 27 6 6 15 22.22%
  Yukio Shimomura 1979–1980 14 8 4 2 57.14%
  Masashi Watanabe 1980 3 2 0 1 66.67%
  Saburō Kawabuchi 1980–1981 10 3 2 5 30%
  Takaji Mori 1981–1985 43 22 5 16 51.16%
  Yoshinobu Ishii 1986–1987 17 11 2 4 64.70%
  Kenzo Yokoyama 1988–1991 24 5 7 12 20.83%
  Hans Ooft 1992–1993 27 16 7 4 59.25%
  Paulo Roberto Falcão 1994 9 3 4 2 33.33%
  Shu Kamo 1994–1997 46 23 10 13 50%
  Takeshi Okada (1st) 1997–1998 15 5 4 6 33.33%
  Philippe Troussier 1998–2002 50 23 16 11 46%
  Zico 2002–2006 71 37 16 18 52.11%
  Ivica Osim 2006–2007 20 13 5 3 65%
  Takeshi Okada (2nd) 2007–2010 50 26 13 11 52%
  Hiromi Hara (caretaker) 2010 2 2 0 0 100%
  Alberto Zaccheroni 2010–2014 55 30 12 13 54.54%
  Javier Aguirre 2014–2015 10 7 1 2 70%
  Vahid Halilhodžić 2015–2018 38 21 9 8 55.26%
  Akira Nishino 2018 7 2 1 4 28.57%
  Hajime Moriyasu 2018– 51 35 6 10 68.63%
Manager Period Record
Matches Won Draw Lost Win %

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players were called up for the Kirin Challenge Cup and 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer matches against Paraguay, Brazil, Ghana and Tunisia on 2, 6, 10 and 14 June 2022, respectively.[64]

Caps and goals as of 14 June 2022, after the match against Tunisia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Eiji Kawashima (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 39) 95 0   Strasbourg
12 1GK Shūichi Gonda (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 33) 32 0   Shimizu S-Pulse
23 1GK Daniel Schmidt (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 30) 9 0   Sint-Truiden
28 1GK Keisuke Osako (1999-07-28) 28 July 1999 (age 22) 2 0   Sanfrecce Hiroshima

2 2DF Miki Yamane (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 28) 12 2   Kawasaki Frontale
3 2DF Shogo Taniguchi (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 30) 10 0   Kawasaki Frontale
4 2DF Ko Itakura (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 25) 12 1   Borussia Mönchengladbach
5 2DF Yuto Nagatomo (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 35) 136 4   FC Tokyo
16 2DF Takehiro Tomiyasu (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 23) 28 1   Arsenal
20 2DF Yuta Nakayama (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 25) 16 0   PEC Zwolle
22 2DF Maya Yoshida (captain) (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 33) 119 12   Schalke 04
26 2DF Hiroki Ito (1999-05-12) 12 May 1999 (age 23) 3 0   VfB Stuttgart

6 3MF Wataru Endo (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 29) 41 2   VfB Stuttgart
7 3MF Gaku Shibasaki (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 30) 58 3   Leganés
8 3MF Genki Haraguchi (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 31) 73 11   Union Berlin
9 3MF Daichi Kamada (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 25) 19 5   Eintracht Frankfurt
10 3MF Takumi Minamino (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 27) 42 17   Monaco
11 3MF Takefusa Kubo (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 21) 18 1   Real Madrid
14 3MF Junya Ito (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 29) 36 9   Genk
15 3MF Kaoru Mitoma (1997-05-20) 20 May 1997 (age 25) 7 4   Brighton & Hove Albion
17 3MF Ao Tanaka (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 23) 13 2   Fortuna Düsseldorf
21 3MF Ritsu Dōan (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 24) 26 3   SC Freiburg

18 4FW Takuma Asano (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 27) 36 7   VfL Bochum
19 4FW Kyogo Furuhashi (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 27) 15 3   Celtic
24 4FW Daizen Maeda (1997-10-20) 20 October 1997 (age 24) 7 1   Celtic

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the squad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kosei Tani (2000-11-22) 22 November 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Shonan Bellmare v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022

DF Yukinari Sugawara (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 22) 1 0   AZ v.   Paraguay, 2 June 2022 INJ
DF Naomichi Ueda (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 27) 16 1   Nîmes v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022
DF Sho Sasaki (1989-10-02) 2 October 1989 (age 32) 13 1   Sanfrecce Hiroshima v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022
DF Shinnosuke Nakatani (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 26) 3 0   Nagoya Grampus v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022
DF Hiroki Sakai (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 32) 70 1   Urawa Red Diamonds v.   Australia, 24 March 2022 INJ
DF Ryuya Nishio (2001-05-16) 16 May 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Cerezo Osaka Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
DF Ayumu Seko (2000-06-07) 7 June 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Grasshoppers Chiba Training Camp, January 2022 WD
DF Sei Muroya (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 28) 16 0   Hannover 96 v.   Oman, 11 November 2021
DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 23) 2 0   Sint-Truiden v.   Australia, 12 October 2021
DF Gen Shoji (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 29) 20 1   Gamba Osaka v.   China PR, 7 September 2021

MF Hidemasa Morita (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 27) 16 2   Sporting CP v.   Brazil, 6 June 2022 INJ
MF Reo Hatate (1997-11-21) 21 November 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Celtic v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022
MF Yuki Soma (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Nagoya Grampus Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Ataru Esaka (1992-05-31) 31 May 1992 (age 30) 1 0   Urawa Red Diamonds Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Sho Inagaki (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 30) 1 2   Nagoya Grampus Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Yasuto Wakizaka (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 27) 1 0   Kawasaki Frontale Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Ryotaro Araki (2002-01-29) 29 January 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Kashima Antlers Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Daiki Matsuoka (2001-06-01) 1 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Shimizu S-Pulse Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Yuito Suzuki (2001-10-25) 25 October 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Shimizu S-Pulse Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Kota Watanabe (1998-10-18) 18 October 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Yokohama F. Marinos Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
MF Kōji Miyoshi (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 25) 5 2   Antwerp v.   Australia, 12 October 2021

FW Ayase Ueda (1998-08-28) 28 August 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Cercle Brugge v.   Ghana, 10 June 2022 INJ
FW Daichi Hayashi (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 25) 0 0   Sint-Truiden v.   Vietnam, 29 March 2022
FW Yuya Osako (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 32) 57 25   Vissel Kobe v.   Australia, 24 March 2022 INJ
FW Yoshinori Muto (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 29) 29 3   Vissel Kobe Chiba Training Camp, January 2022
FW Tsuyoshi Ogashiwa (1998-07-09) 9 July 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo Chiba Training Camp, January 2022 INJ
FW Ado Onaiwu (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 26) 3 3   Toulouse v.   Australia, 12 October 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

RecordsEdit

As of 14 June 2022[65]
Players in bold are still active with Japan.

Most appearancesEdit

 
Yasuhito Endō is the Japan's most capped player with 152 appearances.
Rank Player Caps Goals Pos Career
1 Yasuhito Endō 152 15 MF 2002–2015
2 Yuto Nagatomo 136 4 DF 2008–
3 Masami Ihara 122 5 DF 1988–1999
4 Shinji Okazaki 119 50 FW 2008–
Maya Yoshida 119 12 DF 2010–
6 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 0 GK 1997–2010
7 Makoto Hasebe 114 2 MF 2006–2018
8 Yuji Nakazawa 110 17 DF 1999–2010
9 Shunsuke Nakamura 98 24 MF 2000–2010
Keisuke Honda 98 37 MF 2008–2018

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Kunishige Kamamoto is the Japan's top scorer with 75 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Kunishige Kamamoto 75 76 0.99 1964–1977
2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55 89 0.62 1990–2000
3 Shinji Okazaki 50 119 0.42 2008–
4 Hiromi Hara 37 75 0.49 1978–1988
Keisuke Honda 37 98 0.38 2008–2018
6 Shinji Kagawa 31 97 0.32 2008–2019
7 Takuya Takagi 27 44 0.61 1992–1997
8 Kazushi Kimura 26 54 0.48 1979–1986
9 Yuya Osako 25 57 0.44 2013–
10 Shunsuke Nakamura 24 98 0.24 2000–2010

CaptainsEdit

 
Makoto Hasebe is the Japan's most long serving captain with 8 years period.
Name Pos Period Note
Shigeo Yaegashi MF 1968 Summer Olympics bronze medalist leading captain (1968)
Aritatsu Ogi MF 1969–1974
Kunishige Kamamoto FW 1975–1977
Nobuo Fujishima MF 1978
Hiroshi Ochiai MF DF 1978–1979
Hideki Maeda MF 1980–1981
Mitsuhisa Taguchi GK 1982–1984
Kazushi Kimura MF 1986
Hisashi Kato DF 1985–1987
Hiromi Hara FW 1988
Shigetatsu Matsunaga GK 1989
Shinichi Morishita GK 1990
Tetsuji Hashiratani MF 1991–1995 AFC Asian Cup winning captain (1992)
Masami Ihara DF 1996–1999
Masashi Nakayama FW 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup runners-up leading captain (2001)
Ryuzo Morioka CB 2000–2002 AFC Asian Cup winning captain (2000)
Hidetoshi Nakata CM 2002–2004
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto CB 2003–2006 AFC Asian Cup winning captain (2004), East Asian Football Championship runners-up leading captain (2003) (2005)
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi GK 2006–2008 East Asian Football Championship runners-up leading captain (2008)
Yuji Nakazawa CB 2008–2010 East Asian Football Championship third place leading captain (2010)
Makoto Hasebe DM 2010–2018 AFC Asian Cup winning captain (2011)
Yuichi Komano DF 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup winning captain (2013)
Gen Shoji CB 2017 EAFF E-1 Championship runners-up leading captain (2017)
Sho Sasaki LB 2019 EAFF E-1 Championship runners-up leading captain (2019)
Maya Yoshida CB 2018–present AFC Asian Cup runners-up leading captain (2019)

Competitive recordEdit

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter No qualification
  1934 Did not enter
  1938 Withdrew Withdrew
  1950 Suspended from FIFA Suspended from FIFA
  1954 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 7
  1958 Did not enter Did not enter
  1962 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1966 Did not enter Did not enter
  1970 Did not qualify 4 0 2 2 4 8
  1974 4 1 0 3 5 4
  1978 4 0 1 3 0 5
  1982 4 2 0 2 4 2
  1986 8 5 1 2 15 5
  1990 6 2 3 1 7 3
  1994 13 9 3 1 35 6
  1998 Group stage 31st 3 0 0 3 1 4 Squad 15 9 5 1 51 12
    2002 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 5 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
  2006 Group stage 28th 3 0 1 2 2 7 Squad 12 11 0 1 25 5
  2010 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 4 2 Squad 14 8 4 2 23 9
  2014 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad 14 8 3 3 30 8
  2018 Round of 16 15th 4 1 1 2 6 7 Squad 18 13 3 2 44 7
  2022 Qualified 18 15 1 2 58 6
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 7/22 21 5 5 11 20 29 138 83 27 28 305 91

Match historyEdit

FIFA World Cup history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
1998 Group stage   Argentina 0–1 Loss
Group stage   Croatia 0–1 Loss
Group stage   Jamaica 1–2 Loss
2002 Group stage   Belgium 2–2 Draw
Group stage   Russia 1–0 Win
Group stage   Tunisia 2–0 Win
Round of 16   Turkey 0–1 Loss
2006 Group stage   Australia 1–3 Loss
Group stage   Croatia 0–0 Draw
Group stage   Brazil 1–4 Loss
2010 Group stage   Cameroon 1–0 Win
Group stage   Netherlands 0–1 Loss
Group stage   Denmark 3–1 Win
Round of 16   Paraguay 0–0 3–5 Draw Loss
2014 Group stage   Ivory Coast 1–2 Loss
Group stage   Greece 0–0 Draw
Group stage   Colombia 1–4 Loss
2018 Group stage   Colombia 2–1 Win
Group stage   Senegal 2–2 Draw
Group stage   Poland 0–1 Loss
Round of 16   Belgium 2–3 Loss
2022 Group stage   Germany v
Group stage   Costa Rica v
Group stage   Spain v

AFC Asian CupEdit

AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1956 Withdrew Withdrew
  1960
  1964
  1968 Did not qualify 4 3 1 0 8 4
  1972 Withdrew Withdrew
  1976 Did not qualify 5 2 1 2 4 4
  1980 Withdrew Withdrew
  1984
  1988 Group stage 10th 4 0 1 3 0 6 Squad 4 2 1 1 6 3
  1992 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 6 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1996 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 0 1 7 3 Squad Qualified as champions
  2000 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 21 6 Squad 3 3 0 0 15 0
  2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 13 6 Squad Qualified as champions
  2007 Fourth place 4th 6 2 3 1 11 7 Squad 6 5 0 1 15 2
  2011 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 14 6 Squad 6 5 0 1 17 4
  2015 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 1 Squad Qualified as champions
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 Squad 8 7 1 0 27 0
  2023 Qualified 8 8 0 0 46 2
Total 4 Titles 10/18 48 30 12 6 92 44 44 35 4 5 138 19

Match historyEdit

Copa AméricaEdit

Japan is the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited to the 1999 Copa América.[9] Japan was also invited to the 2011 tournament and initially accepted the invitation. However, following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the JFA later withdrew on 16 May 2011, citing the difficulty of releasing some Japanese players from European teams to play as replacements.[66] On the next day, CONMEBOL invited Costa Rica to replace Japan in the competition.

On 16 August 2013, CONMEBOL president Eugenio Figueredo announced that Japan was invited to the 2015 Copa América.[67] However, Japan later declined the invitation due to scheduling problems.[68]

On 14 May 2018, CONMEBOL announced that Japan, alongside Qatar, would be the two invited teams for the 2019 Copa América.[69]

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1992 Did not qualify
  1995 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 8 Squad
  1997 Did not qualify
  1999
    2001 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 6 1 Squad
  2003 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 4 3 Squad
  2005 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad
  2009 Did not qualify
  2013 Group stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 9 Squad
  2017 Did not qualify
Total Runners-up 5/10 16 5 2 9 19 25

Match historyEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

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

Summer Olympics record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1908 Did not enter Did not enter
  1912
  1920
  1924
  1928
  1936 Quarter-finals 8th 2 1 0 1 3 10 Squad No qualification
  1948 Did not enter Did not enter
  1952
  1956 First round 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2 Squad No qualification
  1960 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1964 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 0 2 5 9 Squad Qualified as hosts
  1968 Bronze medalists 3rd 6 3 2 1 9 8 Squad 5 4 1 0 26 4
  1972 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 14 7
  1976 6 2 1 3 9 11
  1980 5 3 1 1 16 5
  1984 10 3 1 6 26 17
  1988 8 6 1 1 19 3
1992–present See Japan national under-23 team
Total Bronze medalists 4/17 12 5 2 5 17 29 40 21 5 14 111 49

Match historyEdit

Asian GamesEdit

EAFF E-1 ChampionshipEdit

EAFF E-1 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  2003 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 3 0 Squad
  2005 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 3 3 Squad
  2008 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 2 0 3 2 Squad
  2010 Third Place 3rd 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad
  2013 Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 8 6 Squad
  2015 Fourth Place 4th 3 0 2 1 3 4 Squad
  2017 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 4 5 Squad
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 3 2 0 1 7 2 Squad
  2022 To be Determined
Total Champions 8/8 24 11 7 6 35 25

Match historyEdit

EAFF E-1 Championship history
Year Round Opponent Score Result
2003 First match   China PR 2–0 Win
Second match   Hong Kong 1–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 0–0 Draw
2005 First match   North Korea 0–1 Loss
Second match   China PR 2–2 Draw
Third match   South Korea 1–0 Win
2008 First match   North Korea 1–1 Draw
Second match   China PR 1–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 1–1 Draw
2010 First match   China PR 0–0 Draw
Second match   Hong Kong 3–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 1–3 Loss
2013 First match   China PR 3–3 Draw
Second match   Australia 3–2 Win
Third match   South Korea 2–1 Win
2015 First match   North Korea 1–2 Loss
Second match   South Korea 1–1 Draw
Third match   China PR 1–1 Draw
2017 First match   North Korea 1–0 Win
Second match   China PR 2–1 Win
Third match   South Korea 1–4 Loss
2019 First match   China PR 2–1 Win
Second match   Hong Kong 5–0 Win
Third match   South Korea 0–1 Loss
2022 First match   Hong Kong v
Second match   China PR v
Third match   South Korea v

Head-to-head recordEdit

The following table shows Japan's all-time international record, correct as of 2 May 2022.[70]
Opponent From To Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Afghanistan 1951 2015 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13
  Angola 2005 2005 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Argentina 1992 2010 7 1 0 6 4 15 −11
  Australia 1956 2022 27 11 9 7 39 32 +7
  Austria 2007 2007 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Azerbaijan 2012 2012 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Bahrain 1978 2010 10 8 0 2 17 7 +10
  Bangladesh 1975 1993 5 5 0 0 22 1 +21
  Belarus 2013 2013 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Belgium 1999 2018 6 2 2 2 11 8 +3
  Bolivia 1999 2019 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006 2016 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2
  Brazil 1989 2017 12 0 2 10 5 34 −29
  Brunei 1980 2000 3 3 0 0 18 2 +16
  Bulgaria 1976 2016 6 1 1 4 10 13 −3
  Cambodia 1970 2015 4 4 0 0 10 1 +9
  Cameroon 2001 2020 5 3 2 0 5 0 +5
  Canada 2001 2013 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
  Chile 2008 2019 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
  China PR 1917 2021 35 15 8 12 45 52 −7
  Chinese Taipei 1963 1983 7 4 2 1 17 8 +9
  Colombia 2003 2019 5 1 1 3 3 7 −4
  Costa Rica 1995 2018 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8
  Croatia 1997 2006 3 1 1 1 4 4 0
  Cyprus 2014 2014 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Czech Republic 1998 2011 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1
  Denmark 1971 2010 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1
  Ecuador 1995 2019 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4
  Egypt 1998 2007 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
  El Salvador 2019 2019 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  England 1995 2010 3 0 1 2 3 5 −2
  Finland 2006 2009 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6
  France 1994 2012 6 1 1 4 5 14 −9
  Germany 2004 2006 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3
  Ghana 1964 2018 7 4 0 3 14 13 +1
  Greece 2005 2014 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
  Guatemala 2010 2013 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
  Haiti 2017 2017 1 0 1 0 3 3 0
  Honduras 2002 2014 3 2 1 0 14 7 +7
  Hong Kong 1958 2019 23 12 5 6 42 21 +21
  Hungary 1993 2004 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
  Iceland 1971 2012 3 3 0 0 8 3 +5
  India 1954 2006 12 9 0 3 36 11 +25
  Indonesia 1934 1989 18 10 2 6 39 25 +14
  Iran 1951 2019 18 6 6 6 21 19 +2
  Iraq 1978 2016 13 7 3 3 19 10 +9
  Israel 1973 1977 7 0 0 7 2 17 −15
  Italy 1936 2013 3 0 1 2 4 13 −9
  Ivory Coast 1993 2020 5 3 0 2 4 4 0
  Jamaica 1998 2014 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4
  Jordan 1988 2015 6 2 3 1 12 5 +7
  Kazakhstan 1997 2005 3 2 1 0 10 2 +8
  Kuwait 1978 1996 5 1 0 4 2 8 −6
  Kyrgyzstan 2018 2021 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10
  Latvia 2005 2013 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3
  Lebanon 1967 1967 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Macau 1980 2000 4 4 0 0 26 0 +26
  Malaysia 1958 2004 26 9 7 10 40 43 −3
  Mali 2018 2018 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Malta 2006 2006 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Mexico 1996 2013 5 1 0 4 6 9 −3
  Mongolia 2019 2021 2 2 0 0 20 0 +20
  Montenegro 2007 2007 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Myanmar 1955 2021 14 7 5 2 29 12 +17
    Nepal 1986 1997 5 5 0 0 28 0 +28
  Netherlands 2009 2013 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4
  New Zealand 1981 2017 6 3 0 3 10 8 +2
  Nigeria 1968 2003 4 2 1 1 8 6 +2
  North Korea 1975 2017 19 8 4 7 19 14 +5
  Norway 2002 2002 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
  Oman 1988 2021 15 10 3 2 21 6 +15
  Pakistan 1962 1988 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3
  Palestine 2015 2015 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
  Panama 2018 2020 2 2 0 0 4 0 +4
  Paraguay 1995 2022 11 4 4 2 15 10 +4
  Peru 1967 2011 7 2 3 2 4 5 −1
  Philippines 1915 1983 20 15 0 5 88 35 +53
  Poland 1981 2018 7 2 0 5 10 14 −4
  Qatar 1983 2019 10 2 4 4 12 15 −3
  Romania 1974 2003 4 0 1 3 3 12 −9
  Russia 1978 2002 4 1 0 3 3 11 −8
  Saudi Arabia 1990 2021 16 10 1 5 25 13 +12
  Scotland 1995 2009 3 1 2 0 2 0 +2
  Senegal 1987 2018 4 0 2 2 4 7 −3
  Serbia 1961 2021 10 4 0 6 7 20 −13
  Singapore 1959 2015 26 21 2 3 58 18 +40
  Slovakia 2000 2004 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
  Spain 2001 2001 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  South Africa 2009 2009 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  South Korea 1954 2021 77 14 23 40 71 119 −48
  South Vietnam 1961 1973 5 4 0 1 14 5 +9
  South Yemen 1982 1982 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
  Sri Lanka 1972 1993 3 3 0 0 16 0 +16
  Sweden 1936 2002 5 1 3 1 7 7 0
   Switzerland 2007 2018 2 1 0 1 4 5 −1
  Syria 1978 2017 11 9 2 0 27 9 +18
  Tajikistan 2011 2021 4 4 0 0 19 1 +18
  Thailand 1962 2017 22 16 4 2 52 16 +36
  Togo 2009 2009 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5
  Trinidad and Tobago 2006 2019 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2
  Tunisia 1996 2015 4 4 0 0 6 0 +6
  Turkey 1997 2002 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
  Turkmenistan 2019 2019 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Ukraine 2002 2018 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1
  United Arab Emirates 1981 2017 19 6 9 4 22 17 +5
  United States 1993 2006 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1
  Uruguay 1985 2019 7 2 2 4 17 23 −6
  Uzbekistan 1996 2019 11 7 3 1 30 10 +20
  Venezuela 2010 2019 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
  Vietnam 2007 2022 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6
  Wales 1992 1992 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Yemen 2006 2010 4 4 0 0 8 3 +5
  Zambia 2014 2014 1 1 0 0 4 3 +1
Total 1917 2022 758 357 162 239 1,327 920 +407

FIFA World RankingEdit

As of 20 February 2022, after the match against   Saudi Arabia.

  Best Ranking    Best Mover    Worst Ranking    Worst Mover  

Japan's FIFA World Ranking History
Rank Year Games
Played
Won Lost Drawn Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
24   1 (23 June 2022)[5] 2022 2 2 0 0 23 (February)   3 26  
26 2021 12 10 2 0 26 (November)   2 28   1
27 2020 4 2 1 1 27   1 28   0
28 2019 23 15 3 5 26   29 33   7
50 2018 14 6 3 5 41   7 61   5
57 2017 13 6 3 4 40   7 57   11
45 2016 10 7 1 2 45   8 58   7
53 2015 17 11 5 1 50   5 58   8
54 2014 13 7 2 4 54   2 44   4
47 2013 19 8 3 8 21   2 48   7
22 2012 12 8 2 2 19   7 33   11
19 2011 15 9 5 1 13   12 29   2
29 2010 18 8 4 6 29   13 46   6
43 2009 17 11 3 3 31   4 43   9
35 2008 19 10 7 2 32   4 38   6
34 2007 13 7 5 1 30   7 46   5
  47 2006 19 9 4 6 15   1 49   13
15 2005 20 11 3 6 13   5 19   4
17 2004 22 17 2 3 17   4 29   1
29 2003 16 6 5 5 22   2 29   3
22 2002 13 5 5 3 22   8 38   4
34 2001 13 6 3 4 26   11 44   9
  38 2000 18 10 6 2 34   15 62   6
57 1999 7 0 4 3 33   0 57   13
  20 1998 18 7 2 8 9   10 30   10
14 1997 22 11 7 4 14   4 20   2
21 1996 13 10 1 2 20   6 30   2
31 1995 17 6 4 7 31   7 41   8
36 1994 9 3 4 2 36   14 54   12
  43 1993 16 11 3 2 43   23 44   1
66 1992    

HonoursEdit

IntercontinentalEdit

  Bronze medalists: 1968
  Runners-up: 2001

ContinentalEdit

  Champions: 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
  Runners-up: 2019
Fourth place: 2007
  Third place: 1951, 1966
Fourth place: 1970

RegionalEdit

  Champions: 1930
  Champions: 1992, 1995, 1998
Fourth place: 1990
  Champions: 2013
  Runners-up: 2003, 2005, 2008, 2017,2019
  Third place: 2010

OthersEdit

  Champions: 1993, 2007
  Champions: 2001

Minor-friendlyEdit

  Champions: (12): 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015

AwardsEdit

Years: 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011
Years: 2002

See alsoEdit

National teams

NotesEdit

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