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 Samurai Blue - national football team

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PostSubject: Samurai Blue - national football team   Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:37 pm



Nickname:サムライ・ブルー(Samurai Blue) / ザック・ジャパン(Zac Japan)
Association: 日本サッカー協会 / (Japan Football Association)
Sub-confederation: EAFF (East Asia)
Confederation: AFC (Asia)
Head coach: Alberto Zaccheroni
Captain: Makoto Hasebe
Most caps: Masami Ihara (122)
Top scorer: Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
FIFA code: JPN
FIFA ranking: 23
Highest FIFA ranking: 9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking: 66 (December 1992)
Elo ranking: 19
Highest Elo ranking: 8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking: 112 (September 1962)


The Japan national football team (Japanese: サッカー日本代表, Soccer Nippon Daihyō) represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for association football in Japan. Their head coach is Alberto Zaccheroni.
Japan is one of the most successful teams in Asia having qualified for the last four consecutive FIFA World Cup finals with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010 and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times with championships in 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2011. To this they add a FIFA Confederations Cup second place in 2001.
The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Soccer Nippon Daihyō (サッカー日本代表), Nippon Daihyō (日本代表), or Daihyō (代表) 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 (岡田ジャパン Okada Japan). Recently the team has been known or nicknamed as the "Samurai Blue", while news media still refer it to by manager's last name, as "Zaccheroni Japan" (ザッケローニジャパン Zakkerōni Japan), or "Zac Japan" (ザックジャパン Zakku Japan) in short.


History
Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where the team won the bronze medal. Although this result earned the sport increased recognition in Japan, the absence of a professional domestic league hindered its growth and Japan would not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 30 years later.
In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional Japan Soccer League agreed to disband the league and re-form as the professional J. League, partly to raise the sport's profile and to strengthen the national team program. With the launch of the new league in 1993, interest in football and the national team grew.
However, in its first attempt to qualify with professional players, Japan narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 FIFA World Cup after failing to beat Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the Agony of Doha.
The nation's first ever FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1998, where they lost all three matches. Japan's first two fixtures went 1–0 in favor of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both games. Their campaign ended with an unexpected 2–1 defeat to rank outsiders Jamaica.
Four years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea. Despite being held to a 2–2 draw by Belgium in their opening game, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win over Russia and a 2–0 victory against Tunisia. However, they subsequently exited the tournament during the Round of 16, after losing 1–0 to eventual third-place finishers Turkey.
On June 8, 2005, Japan qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2–0 on neutral ground. However, Japan failed to advance to the Round of 16 after finishing the group without a win, losing to Australia 1–3, drawing Croatia 0–0 and losing to Brazil 1–4.
Japan has had considerably more success in the Asian Cup, taking home the winner's trophy in four of the last six finals, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, followed by Saudi Arabia, 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.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in the fourth round of the Asian Qualifiers, Japan became the first team other than the host South Africa to qualify after defeating Uzbekistan 1–0 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon. Japan won its opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup defeating Cameroon 1–0 but subsequently lost to the Netherlands 0-1 before defeating Denmark 3–1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay. In the first knockout round Japan were eliminated from the competition following penalties after a 0–0 draw against Paraguay.
After the World Cup, head coach Takeshi Okada resigned. He was replaced by former Juventus and AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. In his first few matches, Japan recorded victories over Guatemala (2–1) and Paraguay (1–0), as well as one of their best ever results - a 1–0 victory over Argentina.
At the start of 2011 Japan participated in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. On 29 January, they beat Australia 1–0 in the final after extra time, their fourth Asian Cup triumph.
Japan then started their road to World Cup 2014 Brazil with numerous qualifiers, throughout they suffered only one loss to Uzbekistan, and a pair of draws against Iceland and Australia, but picking up several wins, afterwards on October 12th, Japan picked up a historic 1-0 victory over France, a team they had never before defeated.

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PostSubject: Re: Samurai Blue - national football team   Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:26 pm

Kit
Japan's current kit is provided by Adidas, the team's official apparel sponsor. The home kit consists of a Navy blue jersey with a red line down the center with 'Adidas is all in' faintly written on it, navy blue shorts with bright blue patches on the side and navy blue socks with a red line down the center. The away kit consists of a white jersey, white shorts, and white socks all with. In 2011, Japan switched the color of the numbers from white to gold.
The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past. In the early 80s, the kit was white with blue trim. When Japan was coached by Kenzo Yokoyama (1988–1991) the kits were red and white, matching the colors of Japan's national flag. The kits worn for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup consisted of white stripes (stilized to form a wing) with red diamonds. During Japan's first World Cup appearance in 1998, the national team kits were blue jerseys with red and white flame designs on the sleeves.
Japan uses blue and white rather than red and white due to a superstition. In its first major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics, Japan used a blue kit in the match against Sweden and Japan won the match by 3–2 beating the Swedish team.
Also, the Japanese Football Association logo has some yellow, it represents the fair play (honesty) in Japanese tradition, all surrounding by blue on the jersey that means youth in Japanese tradition, that also explains the colours of the uniform which could be translated as "the fair play purpose supported on the power of youth".


Sponsors

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds. Primary sponsors include Adidas, Kirin, Panasonic, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, Fujifilm, ANA, JAL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sony, Bank of Yokohama, NTT DoCoMo, Asahi Shinbun, Nissan and Audi.

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PostSubject: Re: Samurai Blue - national football team   Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:51 pm

Coaching
Head Coach - Alberto Zaccheroni
Assistant Coach - Stefano Agresti
Fitness Coach - Eugenio Albarella
Goalkeeping Coach - Maurizio Guido
Technical Assistant - Ichiro Wada
Technical Assistant - Giampaolo Colautti

Players
1 GK Eiji Kawashima / Belgium - Standard Liège
12 GK Shusaku Nishikawa / Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
23 GK Shuichi Gonda /Japan - F.C. Tokyo
3 DF Yūichi Komano / Japan - Júbilo Iwata
5 DF Yuto Nagatomo / Italy - Internazionale
6 DF Atsuto Uchida / Germany - Schalke 04
15 DF Yasuyuki Konno / Japan - Gamba Osaka
16 DF Yuzo Kurihara / Japan - Yokohama F. Marinos
21 DF Hiroki Sakai / Germany - Hannover 96
22 DF Maya Yoshida / England - Southampton
25 DF Gōtoku Sakai / Germany - Stuttgart
4 MF Keisuke Honda / Russia - CSKA Moscow
7 MF Yasuhito Endō / Japan - Gamba Osaka
13 MF Hajime Hosogai / Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
14 MF Kengo Nakamura / Japan - Kawasaki Frontale
17 MF Makoto Hasebe (Captain) / Germany Wolfsburg
20 MF Hideto Takahashi / Japan - F.C. Tokyo
8 FW Hiroshi Kiyotake / Germany - Nürnberg
9 FW Takashi Inui / Germany - Eintracht Frankfurt
10 FW Shinji Kagawa / England - Manchester United
11 FW Mike Havenaar / Netherlands - Vitesse
19 FW Ryo Miyaichi / England - Wigan Athletic
24 FW Hisato Satō / Sanfrecce - Hiroshima


Managers
Japan - Hirokazu Ninomiya (1951)
Japan - Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1951–1956)
Japan - Hidetoki Takahashi (1957)
Japan - Taizo Kawamoto (1958)
Japan - Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1958–1959)
Japan - Hidetoki Takahashi (1960–1962)
Japan - Ken Naganuma (1962–1969)
Japan - Shunichiro Okano (1970–1971)
Japan - Ken Naganuma (1972–1976)
Japan - Hiroshi Ninomiya (1976–1978)
Japan - Yukio Shimomura (1979–1980)
Japan - Masashi Watanabe (1980)
Japan - Saburō Kawabuchi (1980–1981)
Japan - Takaji Mori (1981–1985)
Japan - Yoshinobu Ishii (1986–1987)
Japan - Kenzo Yokoyama (1988–1991)
Netherlands - Hans Ooft (1992–1993)
Brazil - Falcão (1994)
Japan - Shu Kamo (1994–1997)
Japan - Takeshi Okada (1997–1998)
France - Philippe Troussier (1998–2002)
Brazil - Zico (2002–2006)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Ivica Osim (2006–2007)
Japan - Takeshi Okada (2007–2010)
Italy - Alberto Zaccheroni (2010–)


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