The Japan National Football Team, currently ranked number 24 in the world, qualified for the World cup in a comfortable fashion. From the AFC, Japan is one of the six qualified teams. They finished 2nd in group B of the Asian qualifiers, finishing 7 points ahead of now-qualified Australia. Since 1998, Japan National Team have been regular in the World Cup, yet never finished better than the 9th place they achieved in 2002 and 2018. The Blue Samurai will be hoping to get past their best finish in the Round of 16 as the squad looks promising and eager to make their mark on the World Cup this time.
Japan national football team qualifiers overview
The Japan Football team were part of the 12 teams for the second round. The 12 teams were then divided into 2 groups of 6 each, the top two teams getting an automatic qualification and the 3rd placed team having to go through play-offs. Japan Team did not need to break a sweat going through the playoffs as they finished comfortably in 2nd place, 7 points ahead of Australia to get them automatic qualification to the World Cup. This will be their 7th consecutive appearance in the World Cup Finals since 1998.
Strengths and weaknesses of the Japan national football team
Japan’s main strength is its strong build-up play with quick incisive passed down the lines, which creates problems for the opposition. Work ethic and hard work, which have been a hallmark of the Japanese further accent their playing style.
Many of the 1st team players also have European experience, which will be advantageous in Qatar. Although overall, Japan has a very balanced team, the defence can be stated as one area that they lack in quality. Against the World’s Best in Germany and Spain in Group E, Japan has a tough challenge.
The Japan football team’s key players
Japan has seen a steady rise in their Footballing destiny over the years, from being their lowest ranking in 66 to now being the 24th rank team in the FIFA rankings keeping pace with their 100-year Football plan. The players have also taken the step up and have had the experience of playing in the top leagues in Europe.
Takumi Minamino will be one of the leading men for the Blue Samurai. Although he has found playing time hard to come by at Liverpool, he remains an integral part of this Japanese side. Takehiro Tomiyasu has made a significant impact at Arsenal in the English Premier League this season and will be counted upon to keep the opposition at bay. Former Premier Player Maya Yoshi and Yuto Nagatomo, who have a gamut of experience, need to be at their best in Qatar.
Japan national football team players to watch out for
Takumi Minamino will have something to prove after his move from Liverpool to Monaco in the Ligue 1 over the summer. He is one of the critical members of the national team. His ability to find spaces between the lines and link-up play will be needed for Japan to go deep in the tournament.
Maya Yoshida, who is now a seasoned vet in the team, can help youngsters settle in with his vast experience. Junya Ito led Japan’s charge to qualify with 4 crucial goals in the qualifying phase and can be the difference-maker in Qatar. Tomiyasu of Arsenal, who will be one of the starters, should bring in some much-needed experience and solidity to the defence.
How to watch the Qatar world cup 2022 on TV?
The TV channels functioning in various parts of the world for the upcoming Soccer World Cup are listed below. Please check your location and find the concerned official broadcaster in your geographical area.
Fans can access a host of official streaming partners to watch the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The services of the streaming partners will be about the location where you are based. Below you will find a list of reliable and official streaming partners of the World Cup, which extends to Japan live football TV streaming.
How to watch Japan match live stream?
Football fans will have a series of options to choose from to stream the World Cup matches. As football is top-rated in Asia and the World, the official streaming sites and Ott partners will be very much counted upon to watch Japan’s live football streaming. For the Indian Subcontinent, the Sony Network will showcase the matches on TV and through the OTT Sony Liv app. Fox Sports and Telemundo are the official streaming partners of the World Cup in the US and in the UK. BBC iplayer will also stream the matches.
These are not the only options which are available as free streaming sites. There are popular options for online streaming of Football matches in plenty. Sites like Fotyval and Reddit Football Streams offer the users free streaming of the matches. And, for some popular matches, the HD feature may also be available. Below you will find a list of Free online streaming sites that may be handy for you.