Countdown to Brazil World Cup – Group C – Japan

Japan has made a habit of reaching the World Cup in recent times and they are a class above most of their Asian rivals when it comes to qualification for the biggest football tournament in the world.

While they have no problem qualifying for the World Cup, doing anything substantial when they get there has been Japan’s major stumbling block to date.

They failed to make an impression on home soil at the 2002 World Cup held in Japan / South Korea, and Paraguay defeated them in a penalty shoot-out four years ago in South Africa.

One would expect the Japanese to be more than competitive in South America and they are not a team to be taken lightly, as they can play some entertaining, attacking football on their day, although Colombia and Ivory Coast should have their measure.

Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au give Japan little chance to win the 2014 World Cup and they are $151 in early markets, while you can get $5.50 about the Japanese to win Group C.

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Win Group C: $5.50
Qualify for next Round: $2.20
Reach 2014 World Cup Final: $61.00

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Japan cannot be underestimated in this group as they are no easy beats, but on this continent at this level, getting through to the next round looks out of their reach on recent history.

If you are a gambler then consider backing Japan @ $2.20 to reach the next round, but their opponents, especially Colombia and Ivory Coast look to have them covered.

Group C Draw for Japan

Japan  has Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast to contend with in Group C and they will meet the Ivory Coast in their first match on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 11am in the morning (Australian time).

Sun 15 Jun Ivory Coast vs Japan 11am Recife Bet now
Fri 20 Jun Japan vs Greece 8am Natal Bet now
Wed 25 Jun Japan vs Colombia 6am Curitiba Bet now

Japan World Cup Squad

The Japan World Cup provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, South America.

japan-shirt Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

Head Coach for the Japan World Cup squad is Alberto Zaccheroni and team captain is Makoto Hasebe.

World Cup players to watch for Japan

Striker Shinji Okazaki headed the goal count tally during the AFC qualification for the 2014 World Cup despite a lack of regular game time at Manchester United. Okazaki is a creative player with attacking nous that will be invaluable for his country in Brazil.

Experienced international campaigner Makoto Hasebe has excelled in the Bundesliga at club level and he’ll provide plenty of drive if he can overcome a leg injury in time for the World Cup.

The ever reliable Keisuke Honda is an attacking player who possesses quality passing & free kick skills and is always a dangerous proposition for defenders.

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Visit our Group C page for more information on teams competing in this group at the 2014 World Cup.

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