Japan national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

In this article, you will get to know about Japan national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, and History. The Japan national football team, nicknamed Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー, Samurai Burū) represents Japan in men’s international football and is controlled by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for football in Japan.

Japan was not a major soccer force until the late 1980s, with a small, amateur team. Since the 1990s, when Japanese football became fully professional, Japan has become one of the most successful teams in Asia; they have qualified for the last seven FIFA World Cups with second-round advancements in 2002, 2010 and 2018, and won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. they also finished second at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Japan remains the only AFC team apart from Australia and Saudi Arabia to have reached the final of a FIFA senior men’s competition.

Team Profile summary

AssociationJapan Football Association
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue)
ConfederationAFC – EAFF
FIFA rank18 (28 November 2023)
Most CapsYasuhito Endō (152)
Top ScorerKunishige Kamamoto (75)
Home stadiumOlympic Stadium (Tokyo)
Head coachHajime Moriyasu

Japan national football team History

Japan’s first 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 put in great displays in swimming, baseball, and athletics, its soccer team suffered resounding defeats to the Republic of China and the Philippines. However, 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.

Japan’s first “true” national team (as opposed to a varsity team chosen to represent the country) appeared at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games and tied with China for the championship title. Shigeyoshi Suzuki coached the national team in its first Olympic appearance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Japan participated in qualifying for the 1938 FIFA World Cup, but withdrew before their scheduled qualifying match against the Dutch East Indies.

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. His last match before the war for the purposes of Elo ratings was a friendly against the Philippines in June 1940.

While Korea was under Japanese rule, a number of Koreans played in international competition for Japan, including Kim Yong-Sik (1936-1940), Kim Sung-gan (1940), and Lee Yoo-hyung (1940).

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

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

Japan national football team Home Stadium

Japan plays its home games in various stadiums, in rotation, around the country. However, mostly in the final round of each FIFA World Cup qualification, it plays mainly in Saitama Stadium 2002. Japan has never played in the new National Stadium yet.

Japan national football team

Japan national football team Kit

The design of the national team kit has undergone several alterations in the past.[48] In the early 1980s, the uniform 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 the 1996 Asian Cup and in 1998, the national team uniforms were blue jerseys with red and white flame designs on the sleeves and were designed by JFA (with sponsors alternating each year between Asics, Puma, and Adidas). ). The 1996 design was reproduced in a special kit used against Syria on June 7, 2017.

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

Who are Japan National Football team players?

The following 24 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Australia and Vietnam on 24 and 29 March 2022, respectively. Caps and goals as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Vietnam.

NoPositionPlayer NameDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKEiji Kawashima20-03-1983 (39)940Strasbourg
4GKKosei Tani22-11-2000 (21)00Shonan Bellmare
12GKShūichi Gonda03-03-1989 (33)310Shimizu S-Pulse
23GKDaniel Schmidt03-02-1992 (30)70Sint-Truiden
2DFNaomichi Ueda24-10-1994 (27)161Nîmes
3DFShogo Taniguchi15-07-1991 (30)80Kawasaki Frontale
5DFYuto Nagatomo12-09-1986 (35)1344FC Tokyo
16DFMiki Yamane22-12-1993 (28)81Kawasaki Frontale
19DFSho Sasaki02-10-1989 (32)131Sanfrecce Hiroshima
20DFYūta Nakayama16-02-1997 (25)130PEC Zwolle
22DFMaya Yoshida (captain)24-08-1988 (33)11512Sampdoria
DFShinnosuke Nakatani24-03-1996 (26)30Nagoya Grampus
7MFGaku Shibasaki28-05-1992 (29)563Leganés
8MFGenki Haraguchi09-05-1991 (30)7011Union Berlin
10MFTakumi Minamino16-01-1995 (27)3917Liverpool
11MFTakefusa Kubo04-06-2001 (20)150Mallorca
13MFHidemasa Morita10-05-1995 (26)162Santa Clara
14MFJunya Ito09-03-1993 (29)339Genk
15MFReo Hatate21-11-1997 (24)10Celtic
17MFAo Tanaka10-09-1998 (23)91Fortuna Düsseldorf
21MFKaoru Mitoma20-05-1997 (24)32Union SG
6FWDaichi Hayashi23-05-1997 (24)00Sint-Truiden
9FWAyase Ueda28-08-1998 (23)80Kashima Antlers
18FWTakuma Asano10-11-1994 (27)346VfL Bochum

Who are the Japan national football team captain and coach?

Maya Yoshida is the captain of the team and Hajime Moriyasu is the coach of the Japan national football team.

Japan national football team captain

Maya Yoshida is the captain of the team. Have a look at the profile summary of Japan’s current captain.

Profile summary

  • Name: Maya Yoshida
  • Date of birth/Age: Aug 24, 1988 (33)
  • Place of birth: Nagasaki, Nagasaki
  • Citizenship:  Japan
  • Height: 1,89 m
  • Position: Centre-Back
  • Current international: Japan
  • Caps/Goals: 115 / 12

Japan national football team Coach

Hajime Moriyasu is the coach of the Japan national football team. Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

  • Name: Hajime Moriyasu
  • Date of birth/Age: Aug 23, 1968 (53)
  • Place of birth:  Nagasaki, Nagasaki
  • Citizenship:  Japan
  • Agent: Footmedia
  • Avg. the term as coach: 2.26 Years
  • Preferred formation : 4-2-3-1

Japan national football team world rankings

On 28 November 2023, the japan team is at 18th Number in FIFA World Ranking.

Japan national football team trophies


  • Olympic Games

Bronze medalists:1968

  • FIFA Confederations Cup



  • AFC Asian Cup

Champions:1992, 2000, 2004, 2011


Fourth place:2007

  • Asian Games

Third place:1951, 1966

Fourth place:1970


  • Far Eastern Games

Champions: 1930

  • Dynasty Cup

Champions:1992, 1995, 1998

Fourth place:1990

  • EAFF E-1 Football Championship
    • East Asian Football Championship (2003–2010), EAFF East Asian Cup (2013–2015)


Runners-up:2003, 2005, 2008, 2017,2019

Third place:2010


  • Afro-Asian Cup of Nations

Champions: 1993, 2007

  • AFC – OFC Challenge Cup

Champions: 2001


  • Kirin Cup

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

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