Japan's World Cup squad: Find out the full roster of team Japan in Qatar

Japan's World Cup squad: Find out the full roster of team Japan in Qatar

Japan's World Cup squad announcement was finally made, with 26 skilled players selected to play in their Group E fixtures. Hajime Moriyasu, the team's manager, stated that he opted for players with the ambition to take them to glory in this year's World Cup.

Team Japan's World Cup 2022 jersey
Japan's players take part in a training session at the Al Sadd SC training grounds in Doha on 20th November 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. Photo: Philip Fong
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Having been placed in Group E along with Germany, Costa Rica and Spain, the 2022 Qatari event is their seventh successive finals. The 26-man squad has booked its showpiece event in Qatar relatively comfortably. So, who has the Japan boss picked for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar?

What is the age of Japan's world cup team?

Even though the national team has made it to the 2022 Qatari event, most fans need to be made aware of when the team was founded. Dubbed the "Samurai Blue", the national football team was founded in 1921 and later joined FIFA in May 1929.

Therefore, since its foundation, the team is 101 years old. In other words, Japan debuted on the football scene a century ago. They have made seven World Cup appearances since debuting.

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Who is Japan's captain for the 2022 World Cup?

Of course, for a team to succeed, it sure needs a good captain, and in this case, Japan boasts one skilled captain, Maya Yoshida, who plays as a defender. In 2019, he was named the Asian Cup runners-up leading captain.

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Yoshida Maya warms up during training at Al Sadd SC new training facilities on 19th November 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Zhizhao Wu
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Yoshida's profile summary

Full nameMaya Yoshida
Date of birth24 August 1988
Place of birthNagasaki, Japan
Age34 years of age as of November 2022
Zodiac signVirgo
Current teamSchalke
PositionCentre back

Japan's World Cup squad 2022

Head coach Hajime has surprisingly left out big names from his 26-man squad, such as the likes of the Celtic duo Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate. But even though he left them out, he has other standout names that seem impressively ready and skilled enough for the challenge.

Japan's best performance at the World Cup on three consecutive occasions was reaching the Round of 16.


What is a football team without a sharp, keen goalie between the two poles? If there is one position Hajime is always keen about, it is the goalkeeping position. With the experienced custodian Eiji Kawashima emerging as one of the easy picks, Japan is optimistic about bringing the Cup home.

Player's nameClub
Eiji KawashimaStrasbourg
Shuichi GondaShimizu S-Pulse
Daniel SchmidtSint-Truiden


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Players and coach of Japan attend the team group photo call during training and press conference on 19 November 2022 in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Zhizhao Wu
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Of course, defenders play vital positions in every soccer game. And for this, the team's head coach has ensured skilled and energetic players for this position. In this case, some defenders like Yuto Nagatomo and Maya Yoshido were picked.

Player's nameClub
Miki YamaneKawasaki Frontale
Shogo TaniguchiKawasaki Frontale
Yuto NagatomoFC Tokyo
Takehiro TomiyasuArsenal
Hiroki SakaiUrawa Red Diamonds
Ko ItakuraBorussia Monchengladbach
Maya YoshidaSchalke
Hiroki ItoStuttgart


Hajime Moriyasu has ensured a strong centre operation in his 26-man squad. For instance, they have Monaco's attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino who has had Premier League stints with Liverpool and Southampton, and Wataru Endo, the best player for the Japan football team.

Player's nameClub
Wataru EndoStuttgart
Gaku ShibasakiLeganes
Takumi MinaminoMonaco
Hidemasa MoritaSporting CP
Daichi KamadaEintracht Frankfurt
Ao TanakaFortuna Dusseldorf
Ritsu DoanFreiburg
Yuki SomaNagoya Grampus


Japan's World Cup squad 2022
Japan squad warms up during a training session at Al Sadd SC new training facilities on 19h November 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Zhizhao Wu
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The Samurai Blue's squad contains some of the most exciting options in the attacking sector. The team's manager has ensured to include big names like Real Sociedad wonderkid Kubo and Celtic forward Daizen Maeda.

Player's nameClub
Daizen MaedaCeltic
Takefusa KuboReal Sociedad
Ayase UedaCercle Brugge
Takuma AsanoVfL Bochum
Junya ItoReims
Kaoru MitomaBrighton

Who is Japan's manager for the 2022 World Cup?

Hajime Moriyasu is currently the manager of the national football team. Before his managerial role, he was a professional soccer player who made over 250 appearances in 14 years of his career as a player.

He first played for Sanfrecce Hiroshima, then spent a year on loan at Kyoto Purple Sanga, and then spent his final season with Vegalta Sendai. Additionally, he played for Japan's national football team. Click on the link above to explore more about the Japanese soccer stars, their history, players, management, stats and achievements.

The Japanese football manager comes from an athletic family, as his brothers and sons are professional soccer players.

Japan's 2022 World Cup jersey
Head coach Hajime Moriyasu smiles during a training session on 19th November 2022, in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Etsuo Hara
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Full nameHajime Moriyasu
Date of birth23 August 1968
Place of birthKakegawa, Shizuoka, Japan
Age54 years of age as of November 2022
Zodiac signVirgo
Current teamJapan's national football team

Japan's World Cup squad could not get any better. Hajime Moriyasu, the team manager, has all the tools needed and is expected to deliver at the tournament. Having participated in the tournament seven times, they are more than ready to fight for the coveted trophy.

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