It wasn’t a easy qualification run, however Japan did what needed to be performed and certified for Russia.
Japan World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Japan certified mechanically for his or her sixth consecutive World Cup with commanding performances within the video games that mattered, however there have been additionally hiccups alongside the best way – comparable to a house loss to the UAE. Coach Vahid Halilhodzic has by no means stopped tinkering and bringing in younger expertise, so the staff is much from settled but.
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Key Moments in Qualifying
Japan draw Zero-Zero at residence to Singapore however win each different recreation within the group after that, conserving clear sheets in every.
An uphill wrestle is in prospect after they lose 2-1 at residence to the UAE of their round-three opener.
A controversial penalty offers Japan the sting shortly earlier than half-time as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-1.
Yosuke Ideguchi units up the primary and scores within the second to safe automated qualification in a 2-Zero win over Australia – Japan’s first-ever World Cup qualifying victory over their opponents in eight makes an attempt.
Japan World Cup Group
Japan are in Group H with Poland, Colombia, and Senegal.
Japan World Cup Friendlies
On the 23rd of March Japan performed in opposition to Mali, after which 4 days later they misplaced 2-1 to Ukraine. They then welcome Ghana on the 30th of Could, earlier than enjoying Switzerland after which Paraguay on the eighth and 12th of June respectively.
- 23rd March – Mali (drew 1-1)
- 27th March – Ukraine (misplaced 2-1)
- 30th Could – Ghana
- eighth June – Switzerland
- 12th June – Paraguay
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Japan World Cup Fixtures
Japan open their World Cup account in opposition to Colombia on the 19th of June. Senegal are 5 days later, after which Poland are 4 days after that.
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Vahid Halilhodzic, age 65 (15.10.52)
Led Algeria in Brazil 2012 and took over Japan in March 2015 after Javier Aguirre was sacked in relation to match-fixing investigations in Spain. He has produced the outcomes and had nice success in blooding younger gamers in huge video games, however it has not all the time been a easy journey.
Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Okazaki and Yuto Nagatomo ought to all be in Russia, however their enjoying time has been sharply lowered.
Maya Yoshida is a rock on the coronary heart of defence. Hotaru Yamaguchi is now the important thing holding participant in midfield, whereas Eiji Kawashima is again as the primary alternative in purpose.
Influential captain Makoto Hasebe was lacking for a lot of 2017 via harm.
Children now making their mark embrace Yuya Kubo, Takuma Asano, Yosuke Ideguchi and Wataru Endo.
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Japan World Cup Squad
Japan are but to announce their World Cup squad.
Japan World Cup Accidents
We’ll replace you with accidents right here.
The Unanswered Questions
Who’re the strikers?
The midfield formation varies however Halilhodzic likes to stay with a three-man entrance line. Yuya Osako is the first-choice centre-forward however all three positions are nonetheless up for grabs.
Who will present the ammunition for the entrance three?
Makoto Hasebe, if match, however be careful for brand spanking new faces right here, notably Ideguchi and Shu Kurata – each gamers additionally possess excellent long-range pictures.
Who will preserve purpose?
Eiji Kawashima was again as first alternative within the closing qualifiers however Halilhodzic performs thoughts video games and Shusaku Nishikawa is now again within the squad.
Can Japan defend?
It’s the identical outdated query that simply received’t go away. The organisation is there however there could also be simply too many overlaying errors for achievement on the very prime degree.
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