Japan national football team

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Japan
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
AssociationJapan Football Association (JFA)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
Head coachHajime Moriyasu
CaptainMaya Yoshida
Most capsYasuhito Endō (152)
Top scorerKunishige Kamamoto (80)[1]
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeJPN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 27 Increase 23 (7 February 2019)[2]
Highest9 (March 1998)
Lowest62 (December 1992)
Elo ranking
Current 23 Increase 19 (3 March 2019)[3]
Highest8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest123 (September 1962)
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo; 9 May 1917)[4]
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 10 May 1917)[5]
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)
Confederations Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up (2001)

The Japanese national football team is the national football team of Japan.

Most appearances[change | change source]

As of 1 February 2019[6]
Most caps
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Yasuhito Endō 152 15 2002–2015
2 Masami Ihara 122 5 1988–1999
3 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 116 0 1997–2010
Yuto Nagatomo 3 2008–
Shinji Okazaki 50 2008–
6 Makoto Hasebe 114 2 2006–2018
7 Yuji Nakazawa 110 17 1999–2010
8 Shunsuke Nakamura 98 24 2000–2010
Keisuke Honda 37 2008–
10 Shinji Kagawa 95 31 2008–
Maya Yoshida 10 2010–

Top scorers[change | change source]

As of 1 February 2019[6]
Top goalscorers
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Kunishige Kamamoto 80 84 1964–1977
2 Kazuyoshi Miura 55 89 1990–2000
3 Shinji Okazaki 50 116 2008–
4 Hiromi Hara 37 75 1978–1988
Keisuke Honda 98 2008–
6 Shinji Kagawa 31 95 2008–
7 Takuya Takagi 27 44 1992–1997
8 Kazushi Kimura 26 54 1979–1986
9 Shunsuke Nakamura 24 98 2000–2010
10 Naohiro Takahara 23 57 2000–2008

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 80 days to go – With 80 goals in 84 appearances, Kunishige Kamamoto is Japan's all-time leading goalscorer. (FIFA.com)
  2. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. "Japan National Football Team Results: 1910–1919". Football Japan. p. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  5. Motoaki Inukai 「日本代表公式記録集2008」 Japan Football Association p.206
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mamrud, Roberto. "Japan – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 July 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

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