One of the dangerous teams Japan have qualified for the World Cup 2018 easily for the 6th time in a row, and that only happened on the behalf of their extremely aggressive and impressive performances during the qualifying campaign. During this journey, they have also faced some setbacks including a defeat at home by UAE. The credit goes to Vahid Halilhodzic as he has been excellent in continuously bringing the young talent to team and now the team has gone far than settled one.
Japan Schedule – World Cup 2018 Friendlies
On the 23rd March, they played against Mali and that game went draw in result, while Ukrain defeated Japan by 2-1 on 27th March, 2018. Now they would face Ghana, Switzerland and Paraguay as per to their schedule given below.
- 23rd March – Mali (drew 1-1)
- 27th March – Ukraine (lost 2-1)
- 30th May – Ghana
- 8th June – Switzerland
- 12th June – Paraguay
Japan Schedule – World Cup 2018
They would face Colombia, Senegal and Poland and yet their opponents are weaker than Japan s per their recent results in different campaigns as well as the squad maintained.
- 19th June – Colombia
- 24th June – Senegal
- 28th June- Poland
Japan Coach – Vahid Halilhodzic – World Cup 2018
The controversial coach Vahid will be head coach of Japan for the FIFA World Cup 2018. He was fired by the Brazilian team because of his involvement in match-fixing investigation conducted in Spain. On the counter side, he has been quite fruitful for his team leading Japanese side to the next level. Introducing the new talent, taking some aggressive steps helped the Japanese team to grow more.
Japan Squad – World Cup 2018
Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda are also added in the list of Japanese players going to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2018. On the other side Shinji Okazaki and Yuto Nagatomo would also represent the Japanese team in World Cup (Russia).
- Goalkeepers – Eiji Kawashima, Kosuke Nakamura, Shusaku Nishikawa
- Defenders – Tomoaki Makino, Masato Morishige, Yuto Nagatomo, Gotoku Sakai, Hiroki Sakai, Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda, Maya Yoshida
- Midfielders – Wataru Endo, Makato Hasebe, Yosuke Ideguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi
- Forwards – Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Yuya Kubo, Shoya Nakajima, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako
Maya Yoshida, the super player staying at defence is also added in the Japan official team squad for World Cup. Hotaru Yamaguchi is one of the key players in their team squad too.
On other side, former captain Makoto Hasebe won’t be appearing in the World Cup because of an injury. While Yuya Kubo, Takuma Asano are going to make their debut along with Yosuke Ideguchi and Wataru Endo.