Japan National Football Team, World Cup 2018
The Japan national football team (???????? Sakk? Nippon Daihy?) is operated by Japan Football Association. The national squad represents Japan in association football and is one of the successful teams in Asia having qualified for the last six consecutive World Cups.
Japan has won four AFC Asian Cup titles in 1992, 2000, 2004, and 2011. Japan is the only team outside of America to participate in Copa América.
Yasuhito End? is the most capped player on the team with 152 caps and Kunishige Kamamoto is the top scorer with 80 goals.
Akira Nishino, The Coach
The national team is currently managed by the coach, Akira Nishino. He has managed other teams including Japan U20, Japan U23, and Kashiwa Reysol.
Achievements and Honors
As a Manager
- League Cup (1): 1999
- J1 League (1): 2005
Emperor's Cup (2): 2008, 2009
- League Cup (1): 2007
- Japanese Super Cup (1): 2007
- AFC Champions League (1): 2008
- Japan Soccer League Best Eleven (1): 1985-86
- League Manager of the Year (2): 2000, 2005
- AFC Coach of the Year (1): 2008
A defensive midfielder, Makoto Hasebe currently plays for Bundesliga club, Eintracht Frankfurt, and captains the Japanese national squad. He has played other teams like Urawa Red Diamonds, VfL Wolfsburg, FC Nürnberg.
Hasebe was honored with the J. League Cup New Hero Award and selected as a member of J. League team of the year in 2004.
Achievements and Honors
- AFC Asian Cup: 2011
- Kirin Cup: 2008, 2009, 2011
Urawa Red Diamonds
- AFC Champions League: 2007
- League Division 1: 2006
- League Division 1 2nd Stage: 2004
- Emperor's Cup: 2005, 2006
- League Cup: 2003
- Japanese Super Cup: 2006
- Bundesliga: 2008–09
- League Best XI: 2004
- League Cup New Hero Award: 2004
- AFC Asian Cup Team of the Tournament: 2011
- Asia's Bests: 2011
Here's the list of Japan's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.
|Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)||Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers)||Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)||Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz)|
World Cup 2018
Japan has made 5 appearances in FIFA and has booked their spot to Russia in 2018, after a 2-0 victory against Australia on March 31, 2017.