Japan

JPN

 


 

Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association Japan Football Association (JFA)
日本サッカー協会
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Sub-confederation EAFF (East Asia)
Head coach Akira Nishino
Captain Makoto Hasebe
Most caps Yasuhito Endō (152)
Top scorer Kunishige Kamamoto (80)[1]
FIFA code JPN
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 60 Steady (17 May 2018)
Highest (February 1998)
Lowest 62 (December 1992)
Elo ranking
Current 44 Steady (20 April 2018)
Highest (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest 123 (September 1962)
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo; 9 May 1917)[2]
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 10 May 1917)[3]
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1998)
Best result Round of 16, 2002 and 2010
Asian Cup
Appearances 8 (first in 1988)
Best result Champions, 199220002004and 2011
Copa América
Appearances 1 (first in 1999)
Best result Group Stage, 1999
Confederations Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1995)
Best result Runners-up, 2001

 


 

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The following players were called up for the Kirin Challenge Cup 2018 match against Ghana on May 30, 2018.


Caps and goals as of 28 March 2018 after the match against Ukraine.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Eiji Kawashima 20 March 1983 (age 35) 82 0 France Metz
GK Masaaki Higashiguchi 12 May 1986 (age 32) 4 0 Japan Gamba Osaka
GK Kōsuke Nakamura 27 February 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Japan Kashiwa Reysol

DF Yūto Nagatomo 12 September 1986 (age 31) 103 3 Turkey Galatasaray
DF Maya Yoshida 24 August 1988 (age 29) 80 10 England Southampton
DF Hiroki Sakai 12 April 1990 (age 28) 41 0 France Marseille
DF Gōtoku Sakai 14 March 1991 (age 27) 38 0 Germany Hamburg
DF Tomoaki Makino 11 May 1987 (age 31) 30 4 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
DF Gen Shōji 11 December 1992 (age 25) 11 1 Japan Kashima Antlers
DF Wataru Endō 9 February 1993 (age 25) 11 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
DF Naomichi Ueda 24 October 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Japan Kashima Antlers

MF Makoto Hasebe (captain) 18 January 1984 (age 34) 108 2 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
MF Keisuke Honda 13 June 1986 (age 31) 93 36 Mexico Pachuca
MF Shinji Kagawa 17 March 1989 (age 29) 89 29 Germany Borussia Dortmund
MF Hotaru Yamaguchi 6 October 1990 (age 27) 40 2 Japan Cerezo Osaka
MF Genki Haraguchi 9 May 1991 (age 27) 30 6 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
MF Takashi Inui 2 June 1988 (age 29) 25 2 Spain Eibar
MF Takashi Usami 6 May 1992 (age 26) 21 3 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
MF Gaku Shibasaki 28 May 1992 (age 25) 15 3 Spain Getafe
MF Yōsuke Ideguchi 23 August 1996 (age 21) 11 2 Spain Cultural Leonesa
MF Kento Misao 19 April 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Japan Kashima Antlers
MF Ryota Oshima 23 January 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale

FW Shinji Okazaki 16 April 1986 (age 32) 111 50 England Leicester City
FW Yūya Ōsako 18 May 1990 (age 28) 26 7 Germany Werder Bremen
FW Yoshinori Mutō 15 July 1992 (age 25) 21 2 Germany Mainz 05
FW Takuma Asano 10 November 1994 (age 23) 17 3 Germany Stuttgart

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Shūichi Gonda 3 March 1989 (age 29) 3 0 Japan Sagan Tosu 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
GK Shūsaku Nishikawa 18 June 1986 (age 31) 31 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Belgium, 14 November 2017

DF Masato Morishige 21 May 1987 (age 31) 41 2 Japan FC Tokyo v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
DF Shintarō Kurumaya 5 April 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
DF Tomoya Ugajin 23 March 1988 (age 30) 1 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
DF Genta Miura 1 March 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Japan Gamba Osaka 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Sei Muroya 5 April 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Japan FC Tokyo 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Shūto Yamamoto 1 June 1985 (age 32) 1 0 Japan Kashima Antlers 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Ryō Hatsuse 10 July 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Japan Gamba Osaka 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
DF Daigo Nishi 28 August 1987 (age 30) 1 0 Japan Kashima Antlers 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship INJ

MF Toshihiro Aoyama 22 February 1986 (age 32) 8 1 Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2018 FIFA World Cup INJ
MF Yasuyuki Konno 25 January 1983 (age 35) 93 4 Japan Gamba Osaka 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE / INJ
MF Ryota Morioka 12 April 1991 (age 27) 5 0 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
MF Shōya Nakajima 23 August 1994 (age 23) 2 1 Portugal Portimonense v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
MF Mū Kanazaki 16 February 1989 (age 29) 11 2 Japan Kashima Antlers 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Hiroyuki Abe 5 July 1989 (age 28) 3 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Jun’ya Itō 9 March 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Japan Kashiwa Reysol 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Yōjiro Takahagi 2 August 1986 (age 31) 3 0 Japan FC Tokyo 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Shōgo Taniguchi 15 July 1991 (age 26) 3 0 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Shoma Doi 21 May 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Japan Kashima Antlers 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
MF Hiroshi Kiyotake 12 November 1989 (age 28) 44 5 Japan Cerezo Osaka 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship INJ
MF Kazuki Nagasawa 16 December 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Belgium, 14 November 2017
MF Yūki Kobayashi 24 April 1992 (age 26) 4 1 Netherlands Heerenveen v.  Haiti, 10 October 2017
MF Kohei Kato 14 June 1989 (age 28) 0 0 Japan Sagan Tosu v.  Syria, 7 June 2017

FW Yu Kobayashi 23 September 1987 (age 30) 13 2 Japan Kawasaki Frontale 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE / INJ
FW Yūya Kubo 24 December 1993 (age 24) 13 2 Belgium Gent v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
FW Ken’yū Sugimoto 18 November 1992 (age 25) 6 1 Japan Cerezo Osaka v.  Ukraine, 27 March 2018
FW Shū Kurata 26 November 1988 (age 29) 9 2 Japan Gamba Osaka 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
FW Kengo Kawamata 14 October 1989 (age 28) 8 1 Japan Júbilo Iwata 2017 EAFF E-1 Football Championship
FW Shinzō Kōroki 31 July 1986 (age 31) 16 0 Japan Urawa Red Diamonds v.  Belgium, 14 November 2017

INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Retired from national team.
SUS Player suspended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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