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Japan World Cup 2018: Stage of Elimination

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Japan's football team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after defeating Australia 2-0 in the third round of Asian qualifications. The selection of Japan will participate for the sixth consecutive time in the world championship, so far the biggest success was achieved on the home court in 2002 when they took the 9th place. A simular result was repeated at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when they finished also in the ninth position.

For "Blue Samurai", the placement on Mondial became a habit. When they first succeeded in 1998, the Japanese never missed the Mondial again. On the debut they lost all three matches, but four years later as one of the two hosts passed the first round. Let's just say that FIFA always pushes home, but how do you explain the new placement in the top 16 of the  Mondial in South Africa? Because, in 2010, in South Africa they won against Cameroon and Denmark, and went to the knockout stage and lost only after the penalties from Paraguay.In Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014 they failed to pass the group.

They always offer their variants of the game to the world, they are very fast and combat, they never give up, the planned sending of footballers to schooling in European clubs has paid off. Many accuse Europeans of buying Japanese only to sell jerseys, but this is a simplified understanding, some of the Japanese players like Kagawa or Okazaki have broken through the roundabout way to the big scene. Japan is traditionally one of the strongest Asian nations, which also shows at continental championships. "Samurai" have been champions of Asia three times in this century and without any competition are the most successful Asian football nation. Investments in the domestic league and methodical work have paid off, but it's not just money, otherwise, China would play on the Mondial. It is a system that works with the Japanese well, and therefore they will not be an easy opponent to anyone.

From 2015, the team manager is Bosnian expert Vahid Halilhodzic, who prefers fast and dynamic football with a number of actions and chances for scoring a goal. Many of their players play in top European football leagues. The captain of the team Makoto Hasebe plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. Shinji Okazaki plays in English Premier league for Lecester city and is one of the stars of this team. The best known name of all is Shinji Kagawa who plays for Borusia Dortmund, what can we say for Kagawa who is ready to cross the entire world to play for "Samurai". Here is the experienced one Keisuke Honda who plays in Mexico for Pachuca. Of course there are and Yūto Nagatomo who plays in Inter Milano, Hiroki Sakai from Marseille, Maya Yoshida from Southamton, Yuya Osako from Koln, Yoshinori Mutō from Mainz and many more from some weaker clubs as well as from the home championship. However, the selector is on cute troubles with the choice of players, because Japan has really great young talents but also experienced players. Japan's footballers are moving great, creating a surplus in the attack, they clearly do not have a clear lead that will save the ball, but they change places, they get in the second plan, it's very difficult to keep them.

What to add is that Japan is fun to watch, they are very aggressive, energetic, and they should bring a very interesting football.