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  1. Japan 1-0 Cameroon
    Monday, 14 June Match report
  2. Netherlands 1-0 Japan
    Saturday, 19 June Match report
  3. Denmark 1-3 Japan
    Thursday, 24 June Match report
  4. Paraguay 0-0 Japan
    Tuesday, 29 June Match report

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Games played Shots on target | off target
4 Total Japan
16|19 Total Japan
Goals Assists
4 Total Japan
2 Total Japan
Fouls by | on Cards yellow | red
55|89 Total Japan
7|0 Total Japan

Team profile

Japan have never won a World Cup match on foreign soil and will struggle to break that sequence in South Africa. Their unpopular coach, Takeshi Okada, opened himself up to ridicule with the ambitious claim that Japan are targeting a semi-final spot. They will be lucky to get out of a group that pits them against the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon, who are all ranked higher than them.

Japan were poor at the East Asian Championships in February, and even worse in a 3-0 drubbing by Serbia in April. But despite the doom and gloom in Japan, there is some cause for optimism. Keisuke Honda has been in fantastic form for CSKA Moscow, while reigning Asian Player of the Year Yasuhito Endo and Wolfsburg's Makoto Hasebe add genuine quality in midfield.

Squad List

NO POS PLAYER CLUB AGE CAPS
1 GK Seigo Narazaki Nagoya Grampus Eight 34 76
2 MF Yuki Abe Urawa Red Diamonds 28 49
3 DF Yuichi Komano Jubilo Iwata 28 57
4 DF Marcus Tulio Tanaka Nagoya Grampus Eight 29 43
5 DF Yuto Nagatomo Cesena 23 30
6 DF Atsuto Uchida Schalke 04 22 31
7 MF Yasuhito Endo Gamba Osaka 30 98
8 MF Daisuke Matsui Grenoble 29 27
9 FW Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse 24 32
10 MF Shunsuke Nakamura Yokohama F. Marinos 32 98
11 FW Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus Eight 30 72
12 FW Kisho Yano Albirex Niigata 26 19
13 DF Daiki Iwamasa Kashima Antlers 28 2
14 MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale 29 48
15 DF Yasuyuki Konno FC Tokyo 27 38
16 FW Yoshito Okubo Vissel Kobe 28 53
17 MF Makoto Hasebe Wolfsburg 26 35
18 MF Keisuke Honda CSKA Moscow 24 19
19 FW Takayuki Morimoto Catania 22 6
20 MF Junichi Inamoto Kawasaki Frontale 30 82
21 GK Eiji Kawashima Kawasaki Frontale 27 14
22 DF Yuji Nakazawa Yokohama F. Marinos 32 109
23 GK Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi Jubilo Iwata 34 116

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Group A Teams W D L GD PTS
Uruguay 2 1 0 4 7
Mexico 1 1 1 1 4
South Africa 1 1 1 -2 4
France 0 1 2 -3 1
Group B Teams W D L GD PTS
Argentina 3 0 0 6 9
South Korea 1 1 1 -1 4
Greece 1 0 2 -3 3
Nigeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C Teams W D L GD PTS
USA 1 2 0 1 5
England 1 2 0 1 5
Slovenia 1 1 1 0 4
Algeria 0 1 2 -2 1
Group D Teams W D L GD PTS
Germany 2 0 1 4 6
Ghana 1 1 1 0 4
Australia 1 1 1 -3 4
Serbia 1 0 2 -1 3
Group E Teams W D L GD PTS
Netherlands 3 0 0 4 9
Japan 2 0 1 2 6
Denmark 1 0 2 -3 3
Cameroon 0 0 3 -3 0
Group F Teams W D L GD PTS
Paraguay 1 2 0 2 5
Slovakia 1 1 1 -1 4
New Zealand 0 3 0 0 3
Italy 0 2 1 -1 2
Group G Teams W D L GD PTS
Brazil 2 1 0 3 7
Portugal 1 2 0 7 5
Ivory Coast 1 1 1 1 4
North Korea 0 0 3 -11 0
Group H Teams W D L GD PTS
Spain 2 0 1 2 6
Chile 2 0 1 1 6
Switzerland 1 1 1 0 4
Honduras 0 1 2 -3 1

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