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FIFA World Cup 2014 Japan Team Squad

FIFA World Cup 2014 Japan Team Squad

FIFAThe Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Asociation (JFA), the governing body for association football team. Their head coach is Alberto Zaccheroni. Japan was the first team to qualify for the World Cup and they go into the competition hoping to progress further than their previous best of the Second Round. They entered into Round Three of the Asian qualification section where they finished in second place with 10 points from six games in a four-team group behind Uzbekistan but crucially ahead of Korea DPR and Tajikistan. In the final group round Japan cruised to top spot, four points ahead of Australia in a five team group. Attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda scored a crucial injury-time penalty to secure a 1-1 draw against the Aussies to send the country to their fifth straight finals.

Japan Football Team Squad for the Fifa 2014 World Cup:

Eiji Kawashima goalkeeper, Standard Liège

Atsuto Uchida defender, Schalke

Gotoku Sakai defender, Stuttgart

Keisuke Honda midfielder, Milan

Yuto Nagatomo defender, Internazionale

Masato Morishige defender, FC Tokyo

Yasuhito Endo midfielder, Gamba Osaka

Hiroshi Kiyotake midfielder, Nürnberg

Shinji Okazaki forward, Mainz

10 Shinji Kagawa midfielder, Manchester United

11 Yoichiro Kakitani forward, Cerezo Osaka

12 Shusaku Nishikawa goalkeeper, Urawa Red Diamonds

13 Yoshito Okubo forward, Kawasaki Frontale

14 Toshihiro Aoyama midfielder, Sanfrecce Hiroshima

15 Yasuyuki Konno defender, Gamba Osaka

16 Hotaru Yamaguchi midfielder, Cerezo Osaka

17 Makoto Hasebe (captain) midfielder, Nürnberg

18 Yuya Osako forward, 1860 München

19 Masahiko Inoha defender, Jubilo Iwata

20 Manabu Saito forward, Yokohama F Marinos

21 Hiroki Sakai defender, Hannover

22 Maya Yoshida defender, Southampton

23 Shoichi Gonda goalkeeper, FC Tokyo

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