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Japan


Federation founded: 1921
FIFA member since: 1929
Confederation: AFC
Colours: Dark blue and white
Nickname: Samurai Blue
World Cups qualified for: 5 (of 20)
Best results: Round of 16 in 2002, 2010

WORLD CUP RANKING
P 14 W 4 D 4 L 9 GF 14 GA 22 Pts 16
Japan are 35th on the all-time table.

WORLD CUP SUMMARY
1954 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1958 Did not enter
1962 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1966 Did not enter
1970 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1974 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1978 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1982 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1986 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1990 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1994 Did not qualify Qualifiers
1998 First round 31 Squad Qualifiers
2002 Round of 16 9 Squad Hosts
2006 First round 28 Squad Qualifiers
2010 Round of 16 9 Squad Qualifiers
2014 First round 29 Squad Qualifiers
* Japan entered first time for the 1954 World Cup.

TEAM RECORDS
Champions -
Finalists -
Semifinalists (or top 4) -
Quarterfinalists (or top 8) -
Biggest win 3-1 vs Denmark 2010
Biggest loss 1-4 vs Brazil 2006
1-4 vs Colombia 2014
Most wins in a row 2
Most losses in a row 3
Longest unbeaten run 3
Longest run without win 4
Longest run qualifying 5 (1998- )
Longest run not qualifying 11 (1954-94)
Penalty shoot-outs 0 win, 1 loss
JPN vs Europe W2 - D3 - L3
JPN vs South America W0 - D1 - L3
JPN vs Africa W2 - D0 - L1
JPN vs N/C America W0 - D0 - L1
JPN vs Oceania W0 - D0 - L1

MOST WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
Hidetoshi Nakata 10 1998-06
Junichi Inamoto 8 2002-10
Makoto Hasebe 7 2010-14
Keisuke Honda 7 2010-14
Eiji Kawashima 7 2010-14
Yuto Nagatomo 7 2010-14
Yuji Nakazawa 7 2006-10
Shinji Okazaki 7 2010-14
Yoshito Okubo 7 2010-14

MOST WORLD CUP GOALS
Keisuke Honda 3 2010-14
Junichi Inamoto 2 2002-10
Shinji Okazaki 2 2010-14


 

YEAR RD OPPONENTS RESULT 1998 1R Argentina L 0-1 1R Croatia L 0-1 1R Jamaica L 1-2 2002 1R Belgium D 2-2 1R Russia W 1-0 1R Tunisia W 2-0 2R Turkey L 0-1 2006 1R Australia L 1-3 1R Croatia D 0-0 1R Brazil L 1-4 2010 1R Cameroon W 1-0 1R Netherlands L 0-1 1R Denmark W 3-1 2R Paraguay [3-5 ap] D 0-0 2014 1R Côte d'Ivoire L 1-2 1R Greece D 0-0 1R Colombia L 1-4



 

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