Japan national football team

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 Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association日本サッカー協会
(Japan Football Association)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachJavier Aguirre
CaptainMakoto Hasebe
Most capsYasuhito Endō (148)
Top scorerKunishige Kamamoto (80)
FIFA codeJPN
FIFA ranking53 Decrease 1 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking66 (December 1992)
Elo ranking29 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking112 (September 1962)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo; 9 May 1917)
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 10 May 1917)
World Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best resultRound of 16: 2002 and 2010
Asian Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1988)
Best resultChampions: 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011
Copa América
Appearances1 (First in 1999)
Best resultGroup Stage: 1999
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up: 2001
 
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 Japan
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)サムライ・ブルー
(Samurai Blue)
Association日本サッカー協会
(Japan Football Association)
Sub-confederationEAFF (East Asia)
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Head coachJavier Aguirre
CaptainMakoto Hasebe
Most capsYasuhito Endō (148)
Top scorerKunishige Kamamoto (80)
FIFA codeJPN
FIFA ranking53 Decrease 1 (27 November 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking9 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking66 (December 1992)
Elo ranking29 (9 July 2014)
Highest Elo ranking8 (August 2001, March 2002)
Lowest Elo ranking112 (September 1962)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Japan 0–5 China 
(Tokyo; 9 May 1917)
Biggest win
 Japan 15–0 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 27 September 1967)
Biggest defeat
 Japan 2–15 Philippines 
(Tokyo; 10 May 1917)
World Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1998)
Best resultRound of 16: 2002 and 2010
Asian Cup
Appearances7 (First in 1988)
Best resultChampions: 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011
Copa América
Appearances1 (First in 1999)
Best resultGroup Stage: 1999
Confederations Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1995)
Best resultRunners-up: 2001

The Japan national football team (サッカー日本代表 Soccer Nippon Daihyō?) represents Japan in association football and is operated by the Japan Football Association (JFA), the governing body for association football in Japan. Their head coach is Javier Aguirre.

Japan is one of the most successful football teams in Asia, having qualified for the last five consecutive FIFA World Cups with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010, and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times in 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2011. The team has also finished second in the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Japanese team is commonly known by the fans and media as Soccer Nippon Daihyō (サッカー日本代表?), Nippon Daihyō (日本代表?), or Daihyō (代表?) as abbreviated expressions. Although the team does not have an official nickname as such, it is often known by the name of the manager. For example, under Takeshi Okada, the team was known as Okada Japan (岡田ジャパン Okada Japan?).[1] Recently the team has been known or nicknamed as the "Samurai Blue", while Japanese news media still refer it to by manager's last name, as "Zaccheroni Japan" (ザッケローニジャパン Zakkerōni Japan?), or "Zac Japan" (ザックジャパン Zakku Japan?) in short.

History[edit]

Japan against Brazil at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany in the 2006 FIFA World Cup

Japan's first major achievement in international football came in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where the team won the bronze medal. Although this result earned the sport increased recognition in Japan, the absence of a professional domestic league hindered its growth and Japan would not qualify for the FIFA World Cup until 30 years later.[2]

In 1991, the owners of the semi-professional Japan Soccer League agreed to disband the league and re-form as the professional J. League, partly to raise the sport's profile and to strengthen the national team program. With the launch of the new league in 1993, interest in football and the national team grew.

However, in its first attempt to qualify with professional players, Japan narrowly missed a ticket to the 1994 FIFA World Cup after drawing with Iraq in the final match of the qualification round, remembered by fans as the Agony of Doha.

The nation's first ever FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1998. Japan's first two fixtures went 1–0 in favor of Argentina and Croatia, despite playing well in both games. Their campaign ended with a 2–1 defeat to Jamaica.

Four years later, Japan co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup with South Korea. After a 2–2 draw with Belgium in their opening game, the Japanese team advanced to the second round with a 1–0 win over Russia and a 2–0 victory against Tunisia. However, they subsequently exited the tournament during the Round of 16, after losing 1–0 to eventual third-place finishers Turkey.

On June 8, 2005, Japan qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, its third consecutive World Cup, by beating North Korea 2–0 on neutral ground. However, Japan failed to advance to the Round of 16, losing to Australia 1–3, drawing Croatia 0–0 and losing to Brazil 1–4.

Japan has had much success in the Asian Cup, taking home the winner's trophy in four of the last six finals, in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. Their principal continental rivals are South Korea, followed by Saudi Arabia, and most recently Australia.

Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in 1999 and 2011.[3]

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification, in the fourth round of the Asian Qualifiers, Japan became the first team other than the host South Africa to qualify after defeating Uzbekistan 1–0 away. Japan was put in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon.[4] Japan won its opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup defeating Cameroon 1–0 but subsequently lost to the Netherlands 0–1 before defeating Denmark 3–1 to advance to the next round against Paraguay. In the first knockout round Japan were eliminated from the competition following penalties after a 0–0 draw against Paraguay.

After the World Cup, head coach Takeshi Okada resigned. He was replaced by former Juventus and AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni. In his first few matches, Japan recorded victories over Guatemala (2–1) and Paraguay (1–0), as well as one of their best ever results – a 1–0 victory over Argentina.

At the start of 2011 Japan participated in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar. On 29 January, they beat Australia 1–0 in the final after extra time, their fourth Asian Cup triumph and allowing them to qualify for FIFA Confederations Cup.[5]

Japan then started their road to World Cup 2014 Brazil with numerous qualifiers. Throughout they suffered only two losses to Uzbekistan and Jordan, and drawing against Australia. Afterwards on October 12, Japan picked up a historic 1–0 victory over France, a team they had never before defeated. After a 1–1 draw with Australia they qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first nation (outside of Brazil, who is hosting the tournament) to qualify.

Japan started their 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup with a 3–0 loss to Brazil. They were then eliminated from the competition after losing to Italy 3–4 in a hard fought match but received praise for their style of play in the match. They lost their final game 1-2 against Mexico and finished 4th place in Group A in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. One month later, in the EAFF East Asian Cup, they started out with a 3-3 draw to China. They then beat Australia 3-2 and beat South Korea 2-1 in the 3rd and final match in the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup to claim the title. The road to Brazil looked bright as Japan managed a 2-2 draw with the Netherlands and a 2-3 victory over Belgium. This was followed by three straight wins against Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia.

They came into the FIFA World Cup 2014 grouped with Ivory Coast, Greece, and Colombia. They fell in their first match to Ivory Coast 2-1 despite initially taking the lead, allowing two goals in a two-minute span. They drew their second game to Greece 0-0. To qualify for the second round they needed a victory against Colombia and needed Greece to beat Ivory Coast. Greece beat Ivory Coast 2-1 but Japan could not perform well against Colombia and were beaten 4-1, eliminating them from the World Cup. Alberto Zaccheroni resigned as head coach after the FIFA World Cup. In July of 2014, former Mexico and Espanyol manager Javier Aguirre took over and Japan lost 0-2 to Uruguay in the first game he managed.

Javier Aguirre would begin a strong revamp of the team, switching out Zaccheroni's long used 4-2-3-1 formation for his own 4-3-3 and applied this with a roster of the J-League's finest, dropping many regulars. A 2-2 draw against Venezuela was followed by a 1-0 victory over Jamaica. The J-League call-ups then showed their quality against a strong Brazil roster, holding the World Cup hosts to a 0-1 deficit until half-time. Neymar would however over-power the inexperienced team and complete his 0-4 rout through the second half. Japan's sights turned to January and their title defense at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Team image[edit]

Fan Chanting[edit]

Japanese national team supporters are known for chanting "Nippon Ole" (Nippon is the Japanese term for Japan) at home matches.[6]

Kits and colours[edit]

Japan's current kit is provided by German company Adidas, the team's official apparel sponsor since 1986. The current contract with Adidas is set to end on March 31, 2015. [7]

The current home kit consists of a blue jersey with Japan's crest and flag on the chest, blue shorts with bright pink patches on the side and blue socks with pink tops. The away kit is neon yellow, accented with navy blue and orange. In 2011, Japan temporarily switched the color of the numbers from white to gold.

Prior to Adidas, Asics and Puma had been the team's official apparel sponsor. The national team kit design has gone through several alterations in the past. In the early 80s, the kit was white with blue trim. When Japan was coached by Kenzo Yokoyama (1988–1991) the kits were red and white, matching the colors of Japan's national flag. The kits worn for the 1992 AFC Asian Cup consisted of white stripes (stylized to form a wing) with red diamonds. During Japan's first World Cup appearance in 1998, the national team kits were blue jerseys with red and white flame designs on the sleeves, and were designed by JFA (with the sponsor alternating each year between Asics, Puma and Adidas).

Japan uses blue and white rather than red and white due to a superstition. In its first major international competition, the 1936 Summer Olympics, Japan used a blue kit in the match against Sweden and Japan won the match by a score of 3–2.[8]

Home
1917
1950-1975
1975-1979
1979-1980
1980-1983
1983-1986
1986-1987
1988–91
1991-1992
1992–96
1996–98
1999–2000
2001
2002–03
2004–05
2006–07
2008–09
2010–11
2012–13
2014–
Away
1980-1981
1984-1985
1985
1999–2000
2001
2002–03
2004–05
2006–07
2008–09
2010–11
2012–13
2014–

Sponsorship[edit]

Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds.

Primary sponsors include Adidas, Kirin, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, JAL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sony, Asahi Shinbun, Konami, Mizuho Financial and Audi.[9]

Mascot[edit]

The mascots are "Karappe" (カラッペ) and "Karara" (カララ), two Yatagarasu wearing the Japan national football team uniform. The mascots were designed by Japanese manga artist Susumu Matsushita. Each year when a new kit is launched, the mascots change uniforms.

Competitive record[edit]

All time results[edit]

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Japan national football team in 2014.
DateOpponentResultScore*VenueCompetition
5 Mar 2014 New ZealandW4–2Japan National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
27 May 2014 CyprusW1–0Japan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
2 Jun 2014 Costa RicaW3–1United States Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, United States [10]International Friendly
6 Jun 2014 ZambiaW4–3United States Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, United StatesInternational Friendly
14 Jun 2014 Ivory CoastL1–2Brazil Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil2014 FIFA World Cup
19 Jun 2014 GreeceD0–0Brazil Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil2014 FIFA World Cup
24 Jun 2014 ColombiaL1–4Brazil Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá, Brazil2014 FIFA World Cup
5 Sep 2014 UruguayL0–2Japan Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
9 Sep 2014 VenezuelaW3–0[11]Japan Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
10 Oct 2014 JamaicaW1–0Japan Denka Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
14 Oct 2014 BrazilL0–4Singapore Singapore National Stadium, SingaporeInternational Friendly
14 Nov 2014 HondurasW6–0Japan Toyota Stadium, Toyota, Aichi, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
18 Nov 2014 AustraliaW2–1Japan Nagai Stadium, Osaka, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2014)
12 Jan 2015 PalestineAustralia Newcastle Stadium, Newcastle, Australia2015 AFC Asian Cup
16 Jan 2015 IraqAustralia Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane, Australia2015 AFC Asian Cup
20 Jan 2015 JordanAustralia Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne, Australia2015 AFC Asian Cup
23 Mar 2015 AlgeriaJapan Saitama Stadium 2002, Saitama, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2015)
31 Mar 2015 SenegalJapan National Olympic Stadium, Tokyo,JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2015)
12 May 2015 BelarusJapan TBAKirin Cup 2015
17 May 2015 EcuadorJapan TBAKirin Cup 2015
14 Nov 2015 FranceJapan Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa, JapanInternational Friendly (Kirin Challenge Cup 2015)


* Japan score always listed first

      Win       Draw       Loss

Coaching[edit]

PositionName
Head CoachMexico Javier Aguirre
Assistant CoachMexico Alfredo Tena
Assistant CoachSpain Miguel Rivera
Assistant CoachEngland Stuart Gelling
Fitness CoachSpain Juan Iribarren
Goalkeeping CoachSpain Ricardo
Technical AssistantJapan Makoto Teguramori
Technical AssistantJapan Naoki Hayakawa

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the international friendly matches against Honduras on 14 November and Australia on 18 November 2014.
Caps and goals as of 18 November 2014, after match against Australia.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKEiji Kawashima(1983-03-20) 20 March 1983 (age 31)640Belgium Standard Liège
121GKShusaku Nishikawa(1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 28)150Japan Urawa Red Diamonds
231GKMasaaki Higashiguchi(1986-05-12) 12 May 1986 (age 28)00Japan Gamba Osaka
152DFYasuyuki Konno(1983-01-25) 25 January 1983 (age 31)842Japan Gamba Osaka
22DFAtsuto Uchida(1988-03-27) 27 March 1988 (age 26)732Germany Schalke 04
222DFMaya Yoshida(1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 26)493England Southampton
32DFGōtoku Sakai(1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 23)190Germany Stuttgart
212DFKosuke Ota(1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 27)30Japan FC Tokyo
162DFTsukasa Shiotani(1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 25)20Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima
182DFGen Shoji(1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 21)00Japan Kashima Antlers
52DFKen Matsubara(1993-02-16) 16 February 1993 (age 21)00Japan Albirex Niigata
73MFYasuhito Endō(1980-01-28) 28 January 1980 (age 34)14814Japan Gamba Osaka
173MFMakoto Hasebe(1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 30)832Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
103MFShinji Kagawa(1989-03-17) 17 March 1989 (age 25)6319Germany Borussia Dortmund
63MFMasato Morishige(1987-05-21) 21 May 1987 (age 27)171Japan FC Tokyo
83MFTakashi Inui(1988-06-02) 2 June 1988 (age 26)142Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
143MFYoshinori Muto(1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 22)61Japan FC Tokyo
203MFGaku Shibasaki(1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 22)41Japan Kashima Antlers
133MFTaishi Taguchi(1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 23)30Japan Nagoya Grampus
193MFRyota Morioka(1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 23)20Japan Vissel Kobe
94FWShinji Okazaki(1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28)8440Germany Mainz 05
44FWKeisuke Honda(1986-06-13) 13 June 1986 (age 28)6524Italy Milan
114FWYōhei Toyoda(1985-04-11) 11 April 1985 (age 29)61Japan Sagan Tosu

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Japan squad within the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKShūichi Gonda(1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 25)20Japan FC Tokyov.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
GKAkihiro Hayashi(1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 27)00Japan Sagan Tosuv.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
GKTakuto Hayashi(1982-08-09) 9 August 1982 (age 32)00Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[12]
DFYuto Nagatomo(1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 28)763Italy Internazionalev.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
DFHiroki Mizumoto(1985-09-12) 12 September 1985 (age 29)60Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshimav.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
DFDaisuke Suzuki(1990-01-29) 29 January 1990 (age 24)20Japan Kashiwa Reysolv.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
DFDaigo Nishi(1987-08-28) 28 August 1987 (age 27)10Japan Kashima Antlersv.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
DFHiroki Sakai(1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 24)190Germany Hannover 96v.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
DFTatsuya Sakai(1990-11-19) 19 November 1990 (age 24)10Japan Sagan Tosuv.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
DFMasahiko Inoha(1985-08-28) 28 August 1985 (age 29)211Japan Júbilo Iwata2014 FIFA World Cup
DFYūichi Komano(1981-07-25) 25 July 1981 (age 33)781Japan Júbilo Iwata2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[12]
MFHajime Hosogai(1986-06-10) 10 June 1986 (age 28)301Germany Hertha Berlinv.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
MFJunya Tanaka(1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 (age 27)40Portugal Sportingv.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
MFTakahiro Ogihara(1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 23)10Japan Cerezo Osakav.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
MFHiroshi Kiyotake(1989-11-12) 12 November 1989 (age 25)261Germany Hannover 962014 FIFA World Cup
MFHotaru Yamaguchi Injured(1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 24)150Japan Cerezo Osaka2014 FIFA World Cup
MFToshihiro Aoyama(1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 (age 28)70Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima2014 FIFA World Cup
MFManabu Saitō Injured(1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 24)51Japan Yokohama F. Marinos2014 FIFA World Cup
MFKengo Nakamura(1980-10-31) 31 October 1980 (age 34)686Japan Kawasaki Frontale2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[12]
MFHideto Takahashi(1987-10-17) 17 October 1987 (age 27)70Japan FC Tokyov.  Netherlands, 16 November 2013
FWYoichiro Kakitani(1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 24)185Switzerland Baselv.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
FWMike Havenaar(1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 (age 27)174Spain Córdobav.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
FWYu Kobayashi Injured(1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 27)20Japan Kawasaki Frontalev.  Brazil, 14 October 2014
FWYūya Ōsako(1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 24)123Germany Kölnv.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
FWYusuke Minagawa(1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 23)10Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshimav.  Venezuela, 9 September 2014
FWYoshito Ōkubo(1982-06-09) 9 June 1982 (age 32)606Japan Kawasaki Frontale2014 FIFA World Cup
FWTakumi Minamino(1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 19)00Japan Cerezo Osaka2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[12]
FWMasato Kudo(1990-05-06) 6 May 1990 (age 24)42Japan Kashiwa Reysolv.  New Zealand, 5 March 2014

Records[edit]

As of 18 November 2014
Statistics below are from matches which the Japan Football Association consider as official.[13][14][15]

Rosters[edit]

Managers[edit]

As of 18 November 2014[16]
ManagerPeriodRecord
MatchesWonDrawLostWin %
Japan Masujiro Nishida192320020%
Japan Goro Yamada192520020%
Vacant1925210150%
Japan Shigeyoshi Suzuki (1st)1930211050%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (1st)1934310233.33%
Japan Shigeyoshi Suzuki (2nd)1936211050%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (2nd)19401100100%
Japan Hirokazu Ninomiya1951311133.33%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (3rd)1954–561224616.66%
Japan Taizo Kawamoto195820020%
Japan Shigemaru Takenokoshi (4th)1958–591242633.33%
Vacant196010010%
Japan Hidetoki Takahashi1961–19621432921.43%
Japan Ken Naganuma (1st)1963–196931187658.06%
Japan Shunichiro Okano1970–197119112657.90%
Japan Ken Naganuma (2nd)1972–1976421662038.09%
Japan Hiroshi Ninomiya1976–197827661522.22%
Japan Yukio Shimomura1979–19801484257.14%
Japan Masashi Watanabe1980320166.67%
Japan Saburō Kawabuchi1980–19811032530%
Japan Takaji Mori1981–1985432251651.16%
Japan Yoshinobu Ishii1986–198717112464.70%
Japan Kenzo Yokoyama1988–199124571220.83%
Netherlands Hans Ooft1992–199327167459.25%
Brazil Falcão1994934233.33%
Japan Shu Kamo1994–19974623101350%
Japan Takeshi Okada (1st)1997–19981554633.33%
France Philippe Troussier1998–20025023161146%
Brazil Zico2002–20067137161852.11%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivica Osim2006–200720135365%
Japan Takeshi Okada (2nd)2007–20105026131152%
Japan Hiromi Hara (caretaker)20102200100%
Italy Alberto Zaccheroni2010–20145530121354.54%
Mexico Javier Aguirre2014–640266.67%

Competitions[edit]

*Denotes draws includes knockout matches decided on penalty shootouts. Red border indicates that the tournament was hosted on home soil. Gold, silver, bronze backgrounds indicates 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishes respectively. Bold text indicates best finish in tournament.

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup Finals RecordQualifications Record
Hosts / YearResultPositionGPWD*LGSGAGPWDLGSGA
Uruguay 1930Did Not Enter------
Italy 1934------
France 1938Withdrew------
Brazil 1950Banned------
Switzerland 1954Did Not Qualify201137
Sweden 1958Did Not Enter------
Chile 1962Did Not Qualify200214
England 1966Did Not Enter------
Mexico 1970Did Not Qualify402248
West Germany 1974410354
Argentina 1978401305
Spain 1982420242
Mexico 19868512155
Italy 1990623173
United States 199413931356
France 1998Group Stage31st300314159515112
South KoreaJapan 2002Round of 169th421153------
Germany 2006Group Stage28th301227121101255
South Africa 2010Round of 169th42114214842239
Brazil 2014Group Stage29th30122614833308
Russia 2018To be determined------
Qatar 2022To be determined------
TotalRound of 165/2017449142210254242420378

AFC Asian Cup[edit]