April 26, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup teams: Japan (AFC), prominent players in 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (theoretical best XI for Japan, with 3 other player-options listed).

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Japan national team. AFC (Asia). Nickname: サッカー日本代 (Soccer Nippon Daihyo). Home jersey: dark blue with red trim.

-Japan is in Group C (with Colombia, Greece, and Ivory Coast), ‘2014 FIFA World Cup Group C‘ (

2014 FIFA World Cup qualification: 2014 is Japan’s 5th qualification [5th consecutive] out of a 15 possible qualification attempts (1930 & 1934: did not enter; 1938: withdrew; 1950: banned [as a result of sanctions following World War II]; 1954: did not qualify; 1958: did not enter; 1962: did not qualify; 1966: did not enter; 1970 to 1994: did not qualify; 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014: qualified).

Previous WC: 2010, Round of 16 / 2-1-1. Highest WC finish: 2002 & 2010, Round of 16 / 2-1-1.

Population of Japan: 126.6 million {2012 estimate}.
Capital and largest city: Tokyo, pop. 35.6 million (metro area) [city population, aka Tokyo Metropolis, pop. 13.1 million] {2011 figures}.

Japan national team coach, Alberto Zaccheroni. Alberto Zaccheroni.
Japan squad captain, Nürnburg DMF Makoto Hasebe. Makoto Hasebe.

[Note: players below reflect final 2014 WC squad selections.]
Below: Theoretical Best XI for Japan (with 3 other player-options further below) -
Photo and Image credits above -
Japan on globe map, by Connormah at ‘File:Japan (orthographic projection).svg‘ (
Japan map, from Demis Web Map Server/Gallery at
Japan 2014 WC jersey, photo from
Alberto Zaccheroni, photo unattributed at
Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liège), photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe via
Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), photo by AP via
Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), photo from
Maya Yoshida (Southampton), photo photo unattributed at
Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale), photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images Europe via
Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images AsiaPac via
Makoto Hasebe (Nürnberg), photo unattributed at
Yasuhito Endō (Gamba Osaka), photo from
Attacking MFs/Forwards,
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), photo by Fredrik von Erichsen via
Keisuke Honda (Milan) photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images via
Shinji Kagawa (Manchester Utd), photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe via
Other player-options,
Hiroki Sakai DF/RB/RMF (Hannover 96), photo by Bongarts/Getty Images via
Hiroshi Kiyotake AMF/W (Nürnberg), photo unattributed at
Yoshito Ōkubo (Kawasaki Frontale), photo by Masashi Hara/Getty Images via
Thanks to the contributors at ‘2014 FIFA World Cup qualification‘ (
Thanks to the contributors at ‘Japan national football team‘ (
Thanks to, for player-position details.
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