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Japan in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Korea-Japan 2002 was Japan's 2nd appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Best World Cup Performance:
Qualifying for France 1998.

Japan in the 2002 World Cup

Japan Football Association
Group H

Japan vs Belgium

The first goal, from Marc Wilmots, sparked this game into a frenzy and the action didn't stop. Japan threw everything forward in the closing minutes, that Belgium hardly had a chance to catch their breath.

Japan vs Russia

Arsenal's Junichi Inamoto inspired Japan to their first World Cup finals victory.

Tunisia vs Japan

Japan beat Tunisia by two goals to top Group H with seven points.

Knockout Stage

Japan vs Turkey (Second Round)

The sun finally set on Japan's World Cup dreams in Miyagi.

AFC:
Asian Football Confederation.

Japan Football Association.

Japan World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers:

1 Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Portsmouth)
12 Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya)
23 Hitoshi Sogahata (Kashuma Antlers)

Defenders:

2 Yutaka Akita (Kashima Antlers)
3 Naoki Matsuda (Yokohama)
4 Ryuzo Morioka (Shimizu)
6 Toshihiro Hattori (Iwata)
16 Koji Nakata (Kashima)
17 Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Gamba Osaka)

Midfielders:

5 Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal)
7 Hidetoshi Nakata (Parma)
8 Hiroaki Morishima (Cerezo Osaka)
14 Alessandro Santos (Shimizu)
15 Takashi Fukunishi (Jubilo Iwata)
18 Shinji Ono (Feyenoord)
19 Mitsuo Ogasawara (Kashima Antlers)
20 Tomokazu Myojin (Kashiwa)
21 Kazuyuki Toda (Shimizu)
22 Daisuke Ichikawa (Shimizu)

Forwards:

9 Akinori Nishizawa (Cerezo Osaka)
10 Masashi Nakayama (Iwata)
11 Takayuki Suzuki (Kashima)
13 Atsushi Yanagisawa (Kashima)

Trainer:
Philippe Troussier.

Teams by Group

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Korea
In Korea

Group A
Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Senegal Senegal, Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

Group B
Travel to Paraguay Paraguay, Travel to Slovenia Slovenia, Travel to Spain Spain, Travel to South Africa South Africa.

Group C
Travel to Brazil Brazil, Travel to China China, Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to Turkey Turkey.

Group D
Travel to Poland Poland, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to South Korea South Korea, Travel to USA United States.

Korea First Round Matches.

2002 FIFA World Cup matches in Japan
In Japan

Group E
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon, Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia.

Group F
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to England England, Travel to Nigeria Nigeria, Travel to Sweden Sweden.

Group G
Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Ecuador Ecuador, Travel to Italy Italy, Travel to Mexico Mexico.

Group H
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Japan Japan, Travel to Russia Russia, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Japan First Round Matches.

Destination Japan

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