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 Japan (JPN)
  • FIFA Trigramme: JPN
  • Country: Japan
  • Country (official name): Nihon Koku
  • Continent: Asia
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Major cities: Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kyoto, Kobe, Fukuoka, Kawasaki, Hiroshima, Kita-Kyushu, Sendai, Kagoshima, Niigata
  • Currency: Yen
  • Official languages: Japanese
  • Motto: Peace and progress (Emperor's motto).
  Standings
 
Group F MP W D L GF GA Pts
BRA 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
AUS 3 1 1 1 5 5 4
CRO 3 0 2 1 2 3 2
JPN 3 0 1 2 2 7 1
Founded 1921
Affiliated 1929
WC participations 2 (1998, 2002)
WC honours Last sixteen (2002)
Continental Titles Asian Cup three times (1992, 2000, 2004)
Facts
  • Japan will be participating in qualifying for a FIFA World Cupô for the 13th time, having reached the finals just twice. For a long time, Japanese football struggled to break through, despite an Olympic bronze medal.
     
  • That was to change in 1998, when the team reached the finals of the FIFA World Cup in France, suffering narrow defeats to Argentina, Croatia and Jamaica. Four years later in their home country, Japan would have their finest hour.
     
  • The surprise package reached the last sixteen after topping their group, only to be eliminated by the slightest of margins in a 1-0 defeat to eventual semi-finalists Turkey. Asian football will surely play an increasing part in international football for years to come.