FIFA Ranking: 61st
The Japan national football team represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association , the governing body for association football in Japan. The current head coach is Vahid Halilhodžić.

Japan is one of the most successful teams in Asia, having qualified for the last six consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002 and 2010, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea and most recently, Australia.

Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999 and 2011. Although they initially accepted the invitation for the 2011 tournament, the JFA later withdrew following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Sakkā Nippon Daihyō , Nippon Daihyō , or Daihyō as abbreviated expressions. Although the team does not have an official nickname as such, it is often known by the name of the manager. For example, under Takeshi Okada, the team was known as Okada Japan . Recently, the team has been known or nicknamed as the 'Samurai Blue', while Japanese news media still refer it to by the manager's last name, as 'Halilhodžić Japan' , or 'Halil Japan' in an abbreviated form. Description provided by Wikipedia

The Japan Squad

1. Shinji Kagawa Japan 5.9m fans 783.2
2. Yūto Nagatomo Japan 1.5m fans 683.7
3. Keisuke Honda Japan 1.3m fans 645.7
4. Takashi Inui Japan 1.2m fans 634.7
5. Maya Yoshida Japan 883.6k fans 626.0
6. Hiroki Sakai Japan 444.2k fans 512.6
7. Shinji Okazaki Japan 310.2k fans 502.4
8. Genki Haraguchi Japan 384.6k fans 494.3
9. Makoto Hasebe  Japan 353.3k fans 489.2
10. Takashi Usami Japan 201.8k fans 424.9
11. Gen Shōji Japan 158.0k fans 394.9
12. Eiji Kawashima Japan 122.0k fans 358.3
13. Wataru Endo Japan 113.7k fans 348.1
14. Gōtoku Sakai Japan 32.3k fans 207.0
15. Kōsuke Nakamura Japan No fans 124.9
16. Masaaki Higashiguchi Japan No fans 124.9
17. Gaku Shibasaki Japan No fans 124.9
18. Hotaru Yamaguchi Japan No fans 124.9
19. Ryota Oshima Japan No fans 124.9
20. Yūya Ōsako Japan 4.7k fans 103.9
21. Tomoaki Makino Japan 3.2k fans 92.2
22. Naomichi Ueda Japan 237 fans 46.8

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