Japan national under-23 football team

The Japan national under-23 football team is a national association football youth team of Japan and is controlled by the Japan Football Association. The team won the gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games and were champions in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. Since 1992, it was decided that teams targeting athletes under the age of 23 will participate in the Olympics (additional provisions for overage limits have been added since 1996). Therefore, the name changes to Japan national under-22 football team the year before the Olympics and Japan national under-21 football team two years ago.

Japan U23
Japanese Olympic Committee logo.svg
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
AssociationJapan Football Association
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachHajime Moriyasu
CaptainTsuyoshi Watanabe
Most capsKensuke Nagai
Keigo Higashi
(31 each)
Top scorerShoya Nakajima (19)
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Malaysia 1–1 Japan 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; December 1990)[1]
Biggest win
 Japan 13–0 Philippines 
(Hong Kong; 12 June 1999)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 6–1 Japan 
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 6 February 1994)
Summer Olympics
Appearances7 (first in 1996)
Best resultFourth place (2012)
AFC U-23 Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2013)
Best resultWinner (2016)
Asian Games
Appearances5 (first in 2002)
Best resultGold medal asia.svg Gold Medal (2010)

HistoryEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head Coach  

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The final squad was announced on 29 December 2019.[2]
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Ryosuke Kojima (1997-01-30)30 January 1997 (aged 22)   Oita Trinita
2 2DF Yugo Tatsuta (1998-06-21)21 June 1998 (aged 21)   Shimizu S-Pulse
3 2DF Tsuyoshi Watanabe (captain) (1997-02-05)5 February 1997 (aged 22)   FC Tokyo
4 3MF Daiki Suga (1998-09-10)10 September 1998 (aged 21)   Consadole Sapporo
5 2DF Daiki Sugioka (1998-09-08)8 September 1998 (aged 21)   Shonan Bellmare
6 3MF Mitsuki Saito (1999-01-10)10 January 1999 (aged 20)   Shonan Bellmare
7 3MF Shunta Tanaka (1997-05-26)26 May 1997 (aged 22)   Consadole Sapporo
8 3MF Ao Tanaka (1998-09-10)10 September 1998 (aged 21)   Kawasaki Frontale
9 4FW Koki Ogawa (1997-08-08)8 August 1997 (aged 22)   Mito HollyHock
10 3MF Ryotaro Meshino (1998-06-18)18 June 1998 (aged 21)   Rio Ave
11 3MF Keita Endo (1997-11-22)22 November 1997 (aged 22)   Union Berlin
12 1GK Keisuke Osako (1999-07-28)28 July 1999 (aged 20)   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
13 4FW Ayase Ueda (1998-09-10)10 September 1998 (aged 21)   Kashima Antlers
14 3MF Tsukasa Morishima (1997-04-25)25 April 1997 (aged 22)   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
15 2DF Makoto Okazaki (1998-10-10)10 October 1998 (aged 21)   FC Tokyo
16 3MF Yuki Soma (1997-02-25)25 February 1997 (aged 22)   Nagoya Grampus
17 2DF Koki Machida (1997-08-25)25 August 1997 (aged 22)   Kashima Antlers
18 4FW Kyosuke Tagawa (1999-02-11)11 February 1999 (aged 20)   FC Tokyo
19 4FW Reo Hatate (1997-11-21)21 November 1997 (aged 22)   Kawasaki Frontale
20 2DF Taiyo Koga (1998-10-28)28 October 1998 (aged 21)   Kashiwa Reysol
21 3MF Taishi Matsumoto (1998-04-22)22 April 1998 (aged 21)   Sanfrecce Hiroshima
22 2DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17)17 May 1999 (aged 20)   Urawa Red Diamonds
23 1GK Kosei Tani (2000-11-22)22 November 2000 (aged 19)   Gamba Osaka

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the Japan under-23 squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



Previous squadsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

AFC U-23 ChampionshipEdit

Asian GamesEdit

ManagersEdit

Name Nat. Period
Yoshitada Yamaguchi   1990–1992
Akira Nishino   1993–1996
Philippe Troussier   1998–2000
Masakuni Yamamoto   2002–2004
Yasuharu Sorimachi   2006–2008
Takashi Sekizuka   2010–2012
Makoto Teguramori   2014–2016
Hajime Moriyasu   2017–2020
Akinobu Yokouchi   2020
Hajime Moriyasu   2020-present

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixtures

2019Edit

22 March 2019 (2019-03-22) AFC U23 qualification (Group I) Japan   8–0   Macau Yangon, Myanmar
15:00 Machida   51'
Ueda   54'60'70'
Endo   67'
Maeda   69'72'
Itakura   90+5'
Report Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 303
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
24 March 2019 (2019-03-24) AFC U23 qualification (Group I) Timor-Leste   0–6   Japan Yangon, Myanmar
15:00 Report Tagawa   24'
Kubo   54'75'
Tatsuta   60'
Itakura   71'
Ueda   77'
Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 753
Referee: Hussein Abo Yehia (Lebanon)
24 March 2019 (2019-03-24) AFC U23 qualification (Group I) Japan   7–0   Myanmar Yangon, Myanmar
15:00
Report Stadium: Thuwunna Stadium
Attendance: 9,875
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (Iran)
1 June 2019 (2019-06-01) Toulon Tournament (Group stage) England   1–2   Japan Aubagne, France
15:05 Chalobah   38' Report Ominami   47'
Naganuma   68'
Stadium: Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny
Referee: Felipe González Alveal (Chile)
4 June 2019 (2019-06-04) Toulon Tournament (Group stage) Japan   6–1   Chile Salon-de-Provence, France
16:05 Mitoma   7'
Hatate   12'18'63'
Iwasaki   39'45+1'
Report Araos   35' Stadium: Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan
Referee: Robert Hennessy (Republic of Ireland)
7 June 2019 (2019-06-07) Toulon Tournament (Group stage) Portugal   1–0   Japan Fos-sur-Mer, France
17:05 Umaro Embaló   85' Report Stadium: Stade Parsemain
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
12 June 2019 (2019-06-12) Toulon Tournament (Semi-finals) Japan   2–2
(5–4 p)
  Mexico Aubagne, France
15:00 Soma   72'
Ogawa   89'
Report Godínez   50'
E. Aguirre   86'
Stadium: Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (Romania)
Penalties
Ogawa  
Soma  
Iwasaki  
Naganuma  
Hatate  
  E. Aguirre
  Cardona
  López
  Mozo
  Córdova
15 June 2019 (2019-06-15) Toulon Tournament (Final) Brazil   1–1
(5–4 p)
  Japan Salon-de-Provence, France
16:00 Antony   19' Report Ogawa   39' Stadium: Stade d'Honneur Marcel Roustan
Referee: António Nobre (Portugal)
Penalties
 
 
 
 
 
  Soma
  Mitoma
  Kamiya
  Naganuma
  Hatate

2020Edit

9 January 2020 (2020-01-09) AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Japan   1–2   Saudi Arabia Thammasat Stadium, Rangsit
20:15
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 1,433
Referee: Chris Beath (Australia)
12 January 2020 (2020-01-12) AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Syria   2–1   Japan Thammasat Stadium, Rangsit
20:15
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 1,509
Referee: Ali Sabah (Iraq)
15 January 2020 (2020-01-15) AFC U-23 Championship (Group stage) Qatar   1–1   Japan Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok
20:15
Live Report
Stats Report
Attendance: 1,362
Referee: Muhammad Taqi (Singapore)

2021Edit

15 March 2021 (2021-03-15) Friendly Japan   v   New Zealand Kanseki Stadium Tochigi, Tochigi
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) Friendly Japan   v   Scotland U-21 Denka Big Swan Stadium, Nigata
17 July 2021 (2021-07-17) Kirin Challenge Cup 2021 Japan   v   Indonesia Sanga Stadium by Kyocera, Kameoka
22 July 2021 (2021-07-22) 2020 Summer Olympics Japan   v TBD Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
25 July 2021 (2021-07-25) 2020 Summer Olympics Japan   v TBD Saitama Stadium 2002, Satiama
28 July 2021 (2021-07-28) 2020 Summer Olympics Japan   v TBD Miyagi Stadium, Rifu

Future schedulesEdit

HonoursEdit

AchievementsEdit

Olympic Games recordEdit

AFC U-23 Championship recordEdit

Asian Games recordEdit

See alsoEdit

Japan national teams
Men's
Women's


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hyung-Jin Yoon (6 May 2006). "Japan - International Results U-23 (Olympic) Team [Malaysia (1) – Japan (1)]". RDFC. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ "U-23 Japan National Team Squad, Schedule - AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020". JFA. 29 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.

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