Japan national football team

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Japan
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Nickname(s) サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association Japan Football Association (JFA)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach Hajime Moriyasu
Captain Maya Yoshida
Most caps Yasuhito Endō (152)
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (75) [1]
Home stadium Japan National Stadium
FIFA code JPN
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FIFA ranking
Current 28 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [2]
Highest9 (March 1998)
Lowest62 (December 1992)
First international
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(Tokyo, Japan; 9 May 1917) [3]
Biggest win
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(Tokyo, Japan; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
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(Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917) [4]
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1998 )
Best resultRound of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)
Asian Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1988 )
Best resultChampions (1992, 2000, 2004, 2011)
Copa América
Appearances2 (first in 1999 )
Best resultGroup stage (1999, 2019)
Confederations Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995 )
Best resultRunners-up (2001)

The Japan national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本代表, Hepburn: Sakkā Nippon Daihyō), nicknamed the Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー), represents Japan in men's international football and it is controlled by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan. The head coach is Hajime Moriyasu, who is also the coach of the Japan U-23 team.

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Japan was not a major football force until the end of the 1980s, with its team small and amateur, but since the 1990s, when Japanese football became fully professionalized, Japan has quickly emerged as one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last six consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002, 2010, and 2018, and having 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. To date, 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 from amateur football to a fully professional and successful Asian national team in just a short time period has served as an inspiration and example of how to develop football. [5] [6]

Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, North Korea, China and most recently, Australia; though they also developed rivalries against Iraq 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. [7]

History

Pre-war Era (1910s–1930s)

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. [8] Nevertheless, the game was promoted in Japanese schools in the 1920s. [9] The Japan Football Association was formed in 1921, [10] and Japan joined FIFA in May 1929. [9]

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. [9] Shigeyoshi Suzuki coached the national team to its first Olympic appearance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. [10] Japan was an entrant for the 1938 FIFA World Cup qualification, but withdrew before its scheduled qualifying match against the Dutch East Indies. [11]

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. [9] Its last prewar match for purposes of Elo ratings was a friendly against the Philippines in June 1940. [12]

While Korea was under Japanese rule, several 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)

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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. [12] 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. [10] Japan also joined the Asian Football Confederation in 1954. [9]

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. [13] 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. [14] 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. [13]

1990s: Rise

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.

2000s

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Japan against Brazil at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup

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.

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.

2010s

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. [15] 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. [16]

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.

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Japan national team vs Paraguay 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. [17]

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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, [18] 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. [19] Japan were defeated in their last group game in the Group H against Poland 0–1, [20] 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. [21] 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. [22] [23] [24] The match received comparison to the 1982 World Cup Disgrace of Gijón, in which a similar game was played. [25] Japan were the only AFC team to have qualified to the knockout stage. [26] 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. [27] 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. [28] [29] 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. [30]

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, [31] Oman 1–0 [32] and Uzbekistan 2–1. [33] The team, however, got criticized for its defensive approach, 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. [34] [35] 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. [36]

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. [37] 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. [38] 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. [39] 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.

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Nicknames

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Sakkā Nippon Daihyō (サッカー日本代表), Nippon Daihyō (日本代表), or Daihyō (代表) 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 Takeshi Okada, the team was known as Okada Japan (岡田ジャパン, Okada Japan). [40] Recently, the team has been known or nicknamed as the "Samurai Blue", while Japanese news media during the 2018 FIFA World Cup still referred it to by the recently departed manager's (Akira Nishino) last name, as "Nishino Japan" (西野ジャパン, Nishino Japan). [41] [42]

Kits and crest

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Boeing 777-289 Samurai Blue Jet

The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past. 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, [43] and then in a 3–2 victory over Sweden in the first game of its maiden major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics. [44] 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. [45] Before that, Asics and Puma had been the team's official apparel sponsor alongside Adidas.

Kit evolution

Home kit
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1930
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1950–75
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1980–83
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1985
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1983–86
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1986–87
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1988–92
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1992
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1992–95
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1996–98
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1998–99
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1999–2000
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2001
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2002–03
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2004–05
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2005–07
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2008–09
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2009–11
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2012–13
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2013–15
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2015–2017
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2017.06.07
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2017–2019
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2019–present
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1998–99
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1999–2000
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2001
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2002–03
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2004–05
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2006–07
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2008–09
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2010–11
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2012–13
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Kit shorts.svg
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Kit socks long.svg
2014–15
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Kit left arm.svg
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Kit body.svg
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Kit right arm.svg
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Kit shorts.svg
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Kit socks long.svg
2015–17
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Kit left arm.svg
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Kit body.svg
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Kit right arm.svg
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Kit shorts.svg
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Kit socks long.svg
2018–2019
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Kit left arm.svg
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Kit body.svg
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Kit right arm.svg
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Kit shorts.svg
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Kit socks long.svg
2020–present

Crest

JFA logo used on the kits (2009-2017) JFA Logo.svg
JFA logo used on the kits (2009–2017)
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Yatagarasu

The crest or emblem of the national team was adopted in late 2017 as part of a larger rebranding by the Japan Football Association. [46] 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. [47] [48]

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. [47]

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 stadium

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Japan National Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo in 2020

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 at the Japan National Stadium.

Rivalries

South Korea

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 2 nations. Japan met South Korea 80 times, trailing the statistic at 15 wins, 23 draws, and 42 losses. Japan 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 have hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup in a joint bid.

Australia

Japan began to develop a fierce rivalry with fellow Asian powerhouse Australia, shortly after the latter joined the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). [49] The rivalry is regarded as one of Asia's biggest football rivalries. [50] 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. [51] 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. [52] Likewise, Australia and Japan also share a 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 was still belonged to the OFC. [53]

China

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

Supporters

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Fans waving 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. [54]

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A match against Peru in 2007

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

Official partner

Official supplier

Supporting company

Apparel provider

Provider

Mascot

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 change uniforms.[ clarification needed ]

For the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Pokémon character Pikachu served as the mascot. [55]

Media coverage

FIFA World Cup

Television channelPeriod
Japan Consortium (Fuji Television, NHK General TV, Nippon Television, TBS and TV Asahi; all matches in live telecast) 2018

AFC Asian Cup

Television channelPeriod
TV Asahi 2019

Friendly and Qualifiers

Television channelPeriod
Nippon Television, NHK BS1 2021

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
The friendly against Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica on 3 Jun 2021 was cancelled due to multiple Jamaican players being unable to board their flight to Japan on account of not meeting the Japanese government's pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements. The fixture was replaced with a match against the Japan under-24 team. [56]


Legend

  Win  Draw  Loss  Void or Postponed  Fixture

2020

9 October Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–0Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon Utrecht, Netherlands
14:00  UTC+2 Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
13 October Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–0Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast Utrecht, Netherlands
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard
Attendance: 0
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
13 November Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–0Flag of Panama.svg  Panama Graz, Austria
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Petru Ciochirca (Austria)
17 November Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–2Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Graz, Austria
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Liebenauer Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)

2021

25 March FIFA International Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg3–0Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Yokohama, Japan
19:20  UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Attendance: 8,356
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (India)
30 March 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Mongolia  Flag of Mongolia.svg0–14Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Chiba, Japan [note 1]
19:30  UTC+9 Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Fukuda Denshi Arena
Referee: Omar Mohamed Al-Ali (United Arab Emirates)
28 May 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Japan  Flag of Japan.svg10–0Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar Chiba, Japan
19:30  UTC+9
Report (FIFA)
Report (AFC)
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Fukuda Denshi Arena
Referee: Hasan Akrami (Iran)
11 June Kirin Challenge Cup Japan  Flag of Japan.svg1–0Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Kobe, Japan
19:25  UTC+9
Report (JFA)
Report (JFA)
Report (Soccerway)
Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Referee: Payam Heidari (Iran)

Coaching staff

Current coaching staff

As of 21 May 2021 [58] [59]
Hajime Moriyasu, current head coach of Japan Hajime Moriyasu.jpg
Hajime Moriyasu, current head coach of Japan
PositionName
Head coach Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu
Assistant coach Flag of Japan.svg Akinobu Yokouchi
Assistant coach Flag of Japan.svg Toshihide Saito
Assistant coach Flag of Japan.svg Yusaku Ueno
Assistant coach Flag of Japan.svg Katsushi Kurihara
Physical coach Flag of Japan.svg Ryoichi Matsumoto
Physical coach Flag of Japan.svg Yoshiharu Yano
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Japan.svg Takashi Shimoda
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Japan.svg Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi

Manager history

ManagerPeriodRecord
MatchesWonDrawLostWin %
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masujiro Nishida 192320020%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Goro Yamada 192520020%
Vacant1925210150%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigeyoshi Suzuki (1st)1930211050%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1st)1934310233.33%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigeyoshi Suzuki (2nd)1936211050%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigemaru Takenokoshi (2nd)19401100100%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hirokazu Ninomiya 1951311133.33%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigemaru Takenokoshi (3rd)1954–561224616.66%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Taizo Kawamoto 195820020%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shigemaru Takenokoshi (4th)1958–591242633.33%
Vacant196010010%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hidetoki Takahashi 1961–19621432921.43%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Ken Naganuma (1st)1963–196931187658.06%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shunichiro Okano 1970–197119112657.90%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Ken Naganuma (2nd)1972–1976421662038.09%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Hiroshi Ninomiya 1976–197827661522.22%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yukio Shimomura 1979–19801484257.14%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Masashi Watanabe 1980320166.67%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Saburō Kawabuchi 1980–19811032530%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Takaji Mori 1981–1985432251651.16%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Yoshinobu Ishii 1986–198717112464.70%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Kenzo Yokoyama 1988–199124571220.83%
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hans Ooft 1992–199327167459.25%
Flag of Brazil.svg Paulo Roberto Falcão 1994934233.33%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Shu Kamo 1994–19974623101350%
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Takeshi Okada (1st)1997–19981554633.33%
Flag of France.svg Philippe Troussier 1998–20025023161146%
Flag of Brazil.svg Zico 2002–20067137161852.11%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Ivica Osim 2006–200720135365%
Flag of Japan.svg Takeshi Okada (2nd)2007–20105026131152%
Flag of Japan.svg Hiromi Hara (caretaker)20102200100%
Flag of Italy.svg Alberto Zaccheroni 2010–20145530121354.54%
Flag of Mexico.svg Javier Aguirre 2014–20151071270%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Vahid Halilhodžić 2015–201838219855.26%
Flag of Japan.svg Akira Nishino 2018721428.57%
Flag of Japan.svg Hajime Moriyasu 2018–32215665.63%
ManagerPeriodRecord
MatchesWonDrawLostWin %
As of 18 November 2020after the match against Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico .

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan and Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan on 7 June and 15 June, as well as the friendly matches against Flag of Japan.svg Japan U-23 and Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia on 3 and 11 June. [60] [61] [62]
Caps and goals as of 11 June 2021 after the match against Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia .
No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Eiji Kawashima (1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 38)920 Flag of France.svg Strasbourg
121 GK Shūichi Gonda (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 32)220 Flag of Japan.svg Shimizu S-Pulse
231 GK Daniel Schmidt (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 29)70 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Sint-Truiden
1 GK Kosuke Nakamura (1995-02-27) 27 February 1995 (age 26)60 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimonense

22 DF Naomichi Ueda (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 26)151 Flag of France.svg Nîmes
32 DF Sei Muroya (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 27)140 Flag of Germany.svg Hannover 96
42 DF Gen Shoji (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 28)191 Flag of Japan.svg Gamba Osaka
52 DF Yuto Nagatomo (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 34)1254 Flag of France.svg Marseille
62 DF Shogo Taniguchi (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 29)50 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale
162 DF Ryoya Ogawa (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 24)40 Flag of Japan.svg FC Tokyo
192 DF Sho Sasaki (1989-10-02) 2 October 1989 (age 31)110 Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima
202 DF Shinnosuke Nakatani (1996-03-24) 24 March 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus
222 DF Miki Yamane (1993-12-22) 22 December 1993 (age 27)31 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale

73 MF Hidemasa Morita (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 26)82 Flag of Portugal.svg Santa Clara
83 MF Genki Haraguchi (1991-05-09) 9 May 1991 (age 30)6011 Flag of Germany.svg Union Berlin
93 MF Daichi Kamada (1996-08-05) 5 August 1996 (age 24)134 Flag of Germany.svg Eintracht Frankfurt
113 MF Kyogo Furuhashi (1995-01-20) 20 January 1995 (age 26)53 Flag of Japan.svg Vissel Kobe
133 MF Kento Hashimoto (1993-08-16) 16 August 1993 (age 27)121 Flag of Russia.svg Rostov
143 MF Junya Ito (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 28)245 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk
173 MF Tatsuhiro Sakamoto (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 24)10 Flag of Japan.svg Cerezo Osaka
213 MF Hayao Kawabe (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 25)31 Flag of Japan.svg Sanfrecce Hiroshima

154 FW Ado Onaiwu (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 25)10 Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama F. Marinos
184 FW Takuma Asano (1994-11-10) 10 November 1994 (age 26)275Unattached

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to a Japan squad in the last 12 months.
Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Shusaku Nishikawa (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 34)310 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
GK Daiya Maekawa (1994-09-08) 8 September 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of Japan.svg Vissel Kobe v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021

DF Maya Yoshida (captain) (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 32)10711 Flag of Italy.svg Sampdoria v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Hiroki Sakai (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 31)651 Flag of Japan.svg Urawa Red Diamonds v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Takehiro Tomiyasu (1998-11-05) 5 November 1998 (age 22)231 Flag of Italy.svg Bologna v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Yūta Nakayama (1997-02-16) 16 February 1997 (age 24)50 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PEC Zwolle v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Daiki Hashioka (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 22)20 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Sint-Truiden v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Yukinari Sugawara (2000-06-28) 28 June 2000 (age 20)10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
DF Shinnosuke Hatanaka (1995-08-25) 25 August 1995 (age 25)80 Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama F. Marinos v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
DF Ken Matsubara (1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama F. Marinos v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
DF Kōki Anzai (1995-05-31) 31 May 1995 (age 26)50 Flag of Portugal.svg Portimonense v. Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast , 13 October 2020

MF Takumi Minamino (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 26)3116 Flag of England.svg Liverpool v. Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia , 11 June 2021 WD
MF Wataru Endo (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 28)282 Flag of Germany.svg VfB Stuttgart v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Ritsu Dōan (1998-06-16) 16 June 1998 (age 22)203 Flag of Germany.svg Arminia Bielefeld v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Takefusa Kubo (2001-06-04) 4 June 2001 (age 20)110 Flag of Spain.svg Getafe v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Kōji Miyoshi (1997-03-26) 26 March 1997 (age 24)52 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Antwerp v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Ko Itakura (1997-01-27) 27 January 1997 (age 24)51 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Keita Endo (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 24)20 Flag of Germany.svg Union Berlin v. Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar , 28 May 2021
MF Sho Inagaki (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 29)12 Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya Grampus v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
MF Ataru Esaka (1992-05-31) 31 May 1992 (age 29)10 Flag of Japan.svg Kashiwa Reysol v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
MF Yasuto Wakizaka (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 26)10 Flag of Japan.svg Kawasaki Frontale v. Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia , 30 March 2021
MF Riki Harakawa (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of Japan.svg Cerezo Osaka v. Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea , 25 March 2021 INJ
MF Gaku Shibasaki (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 29)493 Flag of Spain.svg Leganés v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 17 November 2020
MF Masaya Okugawa (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Germany.svg Arminia Bielefeld v. Flag of Panama.svg  Panama , 13 November 2020 WD

FW Yuya Osako (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 31)4923 Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen v. Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan , 7 June 2021 INJ
FW Musashi Suzuki (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 27)91 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Beerschot v. Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico , 17 November 2020
FW Shinji Okazaki (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 35)11950 Flag of Spain.svg Huesca v. Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon , 9 October 2020 INJ

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.

(Players are listed within position group by order of latest call-up, caps, and then alphabetically)

Previous squads

Records

Individual records

As of 11 June 2021 [63]
Players in bold are still active with Japan.

Most capped player

Yasuhito Endo is Japan's most capped player with 152 appearances Yasuhito Endo against Bahrain June 22 2008.png
Yasuhito Endō is Japan's most capped player with 152 appearances
RankPlayerCapsGoalsPositionCareer
1 Yasuhito Endō 15215MF2002–2015
2 Yuto Nagatomo 1254DF2008–
3 Masami Ihara 1225DF1988–1999
4 Shinji Okazaki 11950FW2008–
5 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 1160GK1997–2010
6 Makoto Hasebe 1142MF2006–2018
7 Yuji Nakazawa 11017DF1999–2010
8 Maya Yoshida 10711DF2010–
9 Shunsuke Nakamura 9824MF2000–2010
Keisuke Honda 9837MF2008–2018

Top goalscorers

Kunishige Kamamoto is Japan's top goal scorer with 75 goals Kunishige Kamamoto IMG 3322 20140110.JPG
Kunishige Kamamoto is Japan's top goal scorer with 75 goals
RankPlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1 Kunishige Kamamoto 75760.991964–1977
2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55890.621990–2000
3 Shinji Okazaki 501190.422008–
4 Hiromi Hara 37750.491978–1988
Keisuke Honda 37980.382008–2018
6 Shinji Kagawa 31970.322008–2019
7 Takuya Takagi 27440.611992–1997
8 Kazushi Kimura 26540.481979–1986
9 Shunsuke Nakamura 24980.242000–2010
10 Yuya Osako 23490.472013–
Naohiro Takahara 23570.42000–2008

Team records

Updated 23 January 2015 [64]

Biggest victory
15–0 vs Philippines, 27 September 1967
Heaviest defeat
15–2 vs Philippines, 10 May 1917
Most consecutive victories
8, 8 August 1970 vs. Indonesia – 17 December 1970 vs. India
8, 14 March 1993 vs. United States – 5 May 1995 vs. Sri Lanka
8, 26 May 1996 vs. Yugoslavia – 12 December 1996 vs. China
Most consecutive matches without defeat
20, 24 June 2010 vs. Denmark – 11 November 2011 vs. Tajikistan
Most consecutive defeats
6, 10 June 1956 vs. South Korea – 28 December 1958 vs. Malaya
Most consecutive matches without victory
11, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma – 15 June 1976 vs. South Korea
Most consecutive draws
4, 13 August 1976 vs. Burma – 20 August 1976 vs. Malaysia
Most consecutive matches scoring
13, 19 December 1966 vs. Singapore – 16 October 1969 vs. Australia
13, 7 February 2004 vs. Malaysia – 24 July 2004 vs. Thailand
Most consecutive matches without scoring
6, 18 June 1989 vs. Hong Kong – 31 July 1990 vs. North Korea
Most consecutive matches conceding a goal
28, 6 November 1960 vs. South Korea – 11 December 1966 vs. Iran
Most consecutive matches without conceding a goal
7, 19 November 2003 vs. Cameroon – 18 February 2004 vs. Oman

Competitive record

 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 Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWD*LGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterNo qualification
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Did not enter
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Suspended from FIFASuspended from FIFA
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954 Did not qualify201137
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 Did not qualify200214
Flag of England.svg 1966 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 Did not qualify402248
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 410354
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 401305
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 420242
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 8512155
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 623173
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 13931356
Flag of France.svg 1998 Group stage31st300314159515112
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Round of 169th421153Qualified as hosts
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Group stage28th301227121101255
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Round of 169th42114214842239
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Group stage29th30122614833308
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Round of 1615th411267181332447
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026
TotalRound of 166/21215511202912068262624785

AFC Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Hong Kong 1955.svg 1956 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of South Korea (1949-1984).svg 1960 Withdrew
Flag of Israel.svg 1964 Withdrew
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1968 Did not qualify431084
Flag of Thailand.svg 1972 WithdrewWithdrew
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1976 Did not qualify521244
Flag of Kuwait.svg 1980 WithdrewWithdrew
Flag of Singapore.svg 1984 Withdrew
Flag of Qatar.svg 1988 Group stage10th401306421163
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1992 Champions1st532063Qualified as hosts
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 1996 Quarter-finals5th430173Qualified as champions
Flag of Lebanon.svg 2000 Champions 1st65102163300150
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2004 Champions 1st6420136Qualified as champions
Flag of Indonesia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Vietnam.svg 2007 Fourth place4th62311176501152
Flag of Qatar.svg 2011 Champions 1st64201466501174
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2015 Quarter-finals5th431081Qualified as champions
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 2019 Runners-up 2nd76011268710270
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2023 QualifiedTo be determined
Total4 Titles10/18483012692443627459217

CONMEBOL Copa América

Japan is the first team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited to the 1999 Copa América. [7] 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. [65] 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. [66] However, Japan later declined the invitation due to scheduling problems. [67]

On 14 May 2018, CONMEBOL announced that Japan, alongside Qatar, would be the two invited teams for the 2019 Copa América. [68]

CONMEBOL Copa América record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Paraguay (1990-2013).svg 1999 Group stage10th301238
Flag of Argentina.svg 2011 Withdrew
Flag of Chile.svg 2015 Withdrew
Flag of Brazil.svg 2019 Group stage9th302137
TotalGroup stage2/466033615

FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1995 Group stage6th200218 Squad
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Mexico.svg 1999
Flag of South Korea (1997-2011).svg Flag of Japan.svg 2001 Runners-up 2nd531161 Squad
Flag of France.svg 2003 Group stage6th310243 Squad
Flag of Germany.svg 2005 Group stage5th311144 Squad
Flag of South Africa.svg 2009 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2013 Group stage7th300349 Squad
Flag of Russia.svg 2017 Did not qualify
TotalRunners-up5/10165291925

Olympic Games

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.

Asian Games

Football at the Asian Games has been an under-23 tournament since 2002.
Asian Games record
YearResultPldWDLGFGA
Flag of India.svg 1951 Third place311143
Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg 1954 10th200258
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1958 12th200203
Flag of Indonesia.svg 1962 6th310234
Flag of Thailand.svg 1966 Third place7601185
Flag of Thailand.svg 1970 Fourth place750285
State Flag of Iran (1964).svg 1974 9th311154
Flag of Thailand.svg 1978 9th310255
Flag of India.svg 1982 5th430163
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg 1986 9th420294
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1990 8th310233
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg 1994 7th412195
Flag of Thailand.svg 1998 9th530284
2002–presentSee Japan national under-23 football team
Total13/1350254218356

FIFA world rankings

As of 23 April 2021 [69]

 Best Ranking   Best Mover   Worst Ranking   Worst Mover  

Japan's FIFA world rankings
RankYearGames
Played
WonLostDrawnBestWorst
RankMoveRankMove
282021220027Increase2.svg 028Decrease2.svg 1
2020Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg
28201923153526Increase2.svg 2933Decrease2.svg 7
5020181463541Increase2.svg 761Decrease2.svg 5
5720171363440Increase2.svg 757Decrease2.svg 11
4520161071245Increase2.svg 858Decrease2.svg 7
53201517115150Increase2.svg 558Decrease2.svg 8
5420141372454Increase2.svg 244Decrease2.svg 4
4720131983821Increase2.svg 248Decrease2.svg 7
2220121282219Increase2.svg 733Decrease2.svg 11
1920111595113Increase2.svg 1229Decrease2.svg 2
2920101884629Increase2.svg 1346Decrease2.svg 6
43200917113331Increase2.svg 443Decrease2.svg 9
35200819107232Increase2.svg 438Decrease2.svg 6
3420071375130Increase2.svg 746Decrease2.svg 5
 4720061994615Increase2.svg 149Decrease2.svg 13
15200520113613Increase2.svg 519Decrease2.svg 4
17200422172317Increase2.svg 429Decrease2.svg 1
2920031665522Increase2.svg 229Decrease2.svg 3
2220021355322Increase2.svg 838Decrease2.svg 4
3420011363426Increase2.svg 1144Decrease2.svg 9
 38200018106234Increase2.svg 1562Decrease2.svg 6
571999704333Increase2.svg 057Decrease2.svg 13
 201998187289Increase2.svg 1030Decrease2.svg 10
14199722117414Increase2.svg 420Decrease2.svg 2
21199613101220Increase2.svg 630Decrease2.svg 2
3119951764731Increase2.svg 741Decrease2.svg 8
361994934236Increase2.svg 1454Decrease2.svg 12
 43199316113243Increase2.svg 2344Decrease2.svg 1
661992Increase2.svgDecrease2.svg

Head-to-head record

ConfederationPldWDLGFGAGD
AFC 498261104133960539+421
CAF 3621785635+21
CONCACAF 2716566230+32
CONMEBOL 6316182963105–42
OFC 6303108+2
UEFA 112342355137186–49
Total7403501562341,288903+385

Honours

Titles

Intercontinental

Med 3.png Bronze medalists: 1968
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2001

Continental

Med 1.png Champions: 1992, 2000, 2004, 2011
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2019
Fourth place: 2007
Med 3.png Third place: 1951, 1966
Fourth place: 1970

Regional

Med 1.png Champions: 1930
Med 1.png Champions: 1992, 1995, 1998
Fourth place: 1990
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2003, 2005, 2008
Med 3.png Third place: 2010
Med 1.png Champions: 2013
Fourth place: 2015
Med 2.png Runners-up: 2017,2019

Other

Med 1.png Champions: 1993, 2007
Med 1.png Champions: 2001

Minor-friendly

Med 1.png Champions:(12): 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015

Awards

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

See also

National teams
Men's
Women's

Notes

  1. The match between Mongolia and Japan will be played in Chiba, Japan. [57]

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