halilhodzic-nishino

Will Japan's gamble to change their coach on eve of World Cup pay off?

Two months before the World Cup the Japanese Football Association did the unthinkable and sacked their coach, replacing him with the man who oversaw the sacking. Pete Hall speaks to those in the know to assess the effect the decision will have at a crucial moment in Japanese footballing history.

iran Traning players

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Japan International Team

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Keisuke Honda

Booing justified after Japan-Singapore draw - Honda

Japan's fans were justified in booing Vahid Halilhodzic's side, Keisuke Honda declared after the match.

Main Info

FIFA Rank:
61
FIFA Trigramme:
JPN
Best FIFA Rank:
9
Bad FIFA Rank:
62
Country (Official Name):
Nihon Koku
Nike Name:
Samurai Blue
Foundation year:
1921
Affiliated since:
1929
Confederation:
AFC
Official Website:
Head Coach:
Akira Nishino
Assistant Coach:
Makoto Teguramori
Stadium:
Signal Park Stadium
Capitan:
Makoto Hasebe
Most Games:
Yasuhito Endo (152)
Top scorer:
Kunishige Kamamoto (80)
First Official Game:
Japan 0–5 China (Tokyo; 9 May 1917)
Best Win:
Japan 15–0 Philippines (Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Bad losses:
Japan 2–15 Philippines (Tokyo; 10 May 1917)

Federasion Info

President:
DAINI Kuniya
Vice President:
TASHIMA Kozo
General Secretary:
TANAKA Michihiro
Treasurer:
HARA Akihiko
Women's Coach:
SASAKI Norio (JPN)
Media Officer:
NISHIZAWA Kazutake
Futsal Coordinator:
MATSUZAKI Yasuhiro
Referee Coordinator:
Officials Referees:
7
Officials Assistant Referee:
9
All Players:
4,805,150
Registered players:
1,045,150
Unregistered Players:
3,760,000
Clubs:
2,000
Phone:
+81-3/3830 2004
Fax:
+81-3/3830 2005
Address:
JFA House, Football Ave. Bunkyo-ku TOKYO 113-8311
Email:
inter_national@info.jfa.jp

Country Info

Japan Map
Capital:
Tokyo
Surface Area:
377,835
Highest Point:
Mount Fuji 3,776 m
Neighbouring seas and oceans:
East China Sea, Pacific Ocean
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