Spain faces a stern challenge from Japan in the FIFA World Cup group stages. The match will occur at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar on 2nd December. Japan can be dangerous in big competitions, and Spain will not look to take them lightly. Spain has not been their best since their 2010 FIFA World Cup glory. Although this time, they head into the competition with some talented young players.
Japan almost knocked out Belgium in the round of 16 at the 2018 edition. They lost 3-2 in a thrilling contest which truly showcased their worth. They have been drawn into a tough group this time with Spain and Germany in them. Japan will try to upset these top teams, and they certainly have the potential to do so.
FIFA World Cup Official Broadcasting Networks
Dentsu and Abema have acquired the rights to telecast the FIFA World Cup in Japan. They will showcase all their matches in their network. All the games will be telecasted for free on the Abema network.
All FIFA World Cup games will be broadcast in Spain on Telefonica Movistar+. They have purchased the broadcasting rights to all the upcoming World Cup matches in the nation. They came to an arrangement with the Spanish firm Mediapro to air every World Cup football game. Spanish football fans can follow their country’s journey through the world cup here.
Fixture table for both the teams
Spain and Japan go head-to-head in the third matchday of the group stages in the FIFA World Cup this year. Both these teams have only one loss in their last six matches, which is an excellent sign before the world cup begins. Japan and Spain have three wins in their previous six games with only a single loss. Spain recently defeated Portugal in the UEFA Nations League and will use this victory as a stepping stone to performing at the world cup.
Things to watch out for
- Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will be playing their last world cup, and they are the previous remaining members of the golden generation who went on to lift the world cup in 2010. Sergio Busquets is a regular starter and club captain for Barcelona.
- Spanish and Barcelona superstar Pedri will be at the helm of the midfield. He has the ability and quality to run past any team at the world cup, and his form will be critical for Spain. His magnificence in the Euros last year earned him the award for the tournament’s best young player as he helped Spain reach the semi-finals.
- Takefusa Kubo will be the player to watch out for from Japan in the world cup. He is very adventurous with the ball at his feet. He has been a winger for Real Madrid and now plays for Real Sociedad in the LaLiga. He has also been deemed to be the next superstar of this generation.
Table of FIFA World Cup squads
David Raya, Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez.
Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Jose Gaya, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Marcos Alonso, Aymeric Laporte.
Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Rodri, Koke, Thiago, Pablo Sarabia, Marcos Llorente, Carlos Soler, Sergi Roberto.
Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Alvaro Morata.
Eiji Kawashima, Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt.
Naomichi Ueda, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Yuto Nagatomo, Shinnosuke Nakatani, Hiroki Sakai, Yuta Nakayama, Miki Yamane
Wataru Endo, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo, Hidemasa Morita, Junya Ito, Ao Tanaka, Ritsu Doan.
Daizen Maeda, Yuya Osako, Takuma Asano.