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Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2006 World Cup Finals on June 8th, 2005.

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Japan in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is Japan's 3rd appearance at the World Cup Finals.

Japan's Best World Cup Performance

Japan reached the last sixteen on home soil in the Korea-Japan 2002 World Cup finals.

Japan World Cup Preparations

Japan will base themselves in Bonn (the former capital of West Germany) and will train at the Sportpark Nord.

Japan Team Hotel

The Hilton Hotel in Bonn where Japan will be staying during the World Cup Finals.
Hilton Hotel Bonn:
Berliner Freiheit 2, Bonn.
Located on the right-hand side of the River Rhine, the Hilton Bonn is just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre with its historical museums, beautiful parks and Beethoven’s birthplace. The hotel has 252 rooms, two restaurants, a bar, 15 meeting rooms, a sauna, steam bath, swimming pool and fitness room.

Hotels in Bonn:
There's no shortage of hotels for Japanese fans wishing to base themselves in Germany's former capital. Both Kaiserslautern and Dortmund can easily be reached from a hotel in Bonn, although it's a bit further across to Nürnberg.

Japan Friendly Matches

Beat Ecuador (1:0), Thursday 30th March. (Oita, Japan)
Hisato Sato (84).

Lost to Bulgaria (1:2), Tuesday 9th May. (Osaka)
Seiichiro Maki (76).

Drew with Scotland (0:0), Saturday 13th May. (Saitama)

Drew with Germany (2:2), Tuesday 30th May. (Leverkusen)
Naohiro Takahara (57 and 65).

Beat Malta (1:0), Sunday 4th June. (Dusseldorf)
Keiji Tamada (2).

Japan in the 2006 World Cup

Japan Football Association
Group F

Australia vs Japan in Kaiserslautern:
Japan took the lead in the first-half but couldn't find the second goal to put the game out of Australia's reach; losing out in the end to three goals in the last ten minutes.

Japan vs Croatia in Nürnberg:
After defeats in the opening game, both Japan and Croatia seemed reluctant to take any early risks and very little seemed to happen for much of the game.

Japan vs Brazil in Dortmund:
Although Japan surprised Brazil and scored first, the South Americans soon showed their true class as Ronaldo equalled Gerd Müller's record of 14 World Cup Finals goals.

Knockout Stage

Japan failed to qualify for the Second Round.

Japan World Cup Squad 2006

Japan Football Kit
Blues

Goalkeepers:

1 Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus Eight)
12 Yoichi Doi (FC Tokyo)
23 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Jubilo Iwata)

Defenders:

2 Teruyuki Moniwa (FC Tokyo)
3 Yuichi Komano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
5 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Gamba Osaka)
6 Koji Nakata (Basle, Switzerland)
14 Alessandro Santos (Urawa Reds)
19 Keisuke Tsuboi (Urawa Reds)
21 Akira Kaji (Gamba Osaka)
22 Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F Marinos)

Midfielders:

4 Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)
7 Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton, England)
8 Mitsuo Ogasawara (Kashima Antlers)
10 Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic, Scotland)
15 Takashi Fukunishi (Jubilo Iwata)
17 Junichi Inamoto (West Bromwich Albion, England)
18 Shinji Ono (Urawa Reds)

Forwards:

9 Naohiro Takahara (Hamburg, Germany)
11 Seiichiro Maki (JEF United Chiba)
13 Atsushi Yanagisawa (Kashima Antlers)
16 Masashi Oguro (Grenoble, France)
20 Keiji Tamada (Nagoya Grampus Eight)

Trainer:
Zico (Brazil).

Players to watch:
7 Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton, England)
18 Shinji Ono (Urawa Reds)
10 Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic, Scotland)

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