Japan World Cup 2022 key players, injuries, tactics, and forecast

In Qatar, Japan will play in their seventh World Cup, hoping to advance further than they did in 2018.

When they defeated Colombia in the group stage, they made history as the first Asian team to go past that round. However, they were ousted in the round of 16 for the third time in their history after losing to Belgium.

Since they were placed in Group E, which also includes Spain, Germany, and Costa Rica, Japan will need to perform at a high level if they want to extend their time in Qatar.

Here’s how you can predict Japan will do at the World Cup.

When do Japan’s group games begin?
A matchup between Germany and Japan (November 23, 13:00 GMT)
In this matchup, Japan will take on Costa Rica (November 27, 10:00 GMT)
A matchup between Japan and Spain (December 1, 19:00 GMT)
Germany takes on Japan H2H stats: 3 games played, 1 win, 1 tie, and 1 loss.
Comparison of Japan and Costa Rica Against their rivals, they have a 4-3-1 record.
Asahi vs. La Roja One game played; one game lost in head-to-head competition.
Latin American country known for its natural beauty; Costa Rica Key players, injuries, strategies, and our forecast for the 2022 World Cup.
Germany Key players, injuries, strategies, and our forecast for the 2022 World Cup.
Spain Predictions for the tournament, key players, and injury updates for the 2022 World Cup
Which 26 players will represent Japan in the World Cup?
Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg), Daniel Schmidt (Sint Truiden), and Shuichi Gonda (Japan) (Shimizu S-Pulse)

In the back line, we have Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Ko Itakura (Borussia Monchengladbach), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Hiroki Ito (VfB Stuttgart), and Yuto Nagatomo ( (FC Tokyo)

These players play in the center of the field: Junya Ito (Stade de Reims), Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg), Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Takumi Minamino (AS Monaco), Kaoru Mitom (Nagoya Grampus)

Takuma Asano (VfL Bochum), Daizen Maeda (Celtic), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge), and Shuto Machino are some of the forwards for their respective clubs (Shonan Bellmare)

To which World Cup do Japan’s injured players belong?
Only Yuta Nakayama of Huddersfield Town has been ruled out of Japan’s final 26-man squad, but manager Hajime Moriyasu has taken several chances.

Takefusa Kubo, Ao Tanaka, Takuma Asano, and Ko Itakura were all major names who were wounded and were regarded to have a little chance of making it to the tournament. It is unclear if any of them will be compelled to withdraw.

Who are the top Japanese athletes?
Top-tier playmaker Daichi Kamada Kamada Photo by Koji Watanabe/Getty Images
A.I. Kamada Daichi
Daichi Kamada of Frankfurt, who has been one of Europe’s best players this season, is the inspiration for much of Japan’s innovative spirit. In 22 international games, he has seven goals and three assists.

It was Takehiro Tomiyasu.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, a name everyone knows thanks to his transfer to Arsenal, will be in charge of the defense. He often plays center defender for Japan but is more of a fullback for his club team.

To the Winger, Ritsu Doan After several enjoyable years at PSV Eindhoven, Ritsu Doan signed with Freiburg this summer. He’s played for his country 29 times and scored three goals.

In honor of Takefusa Kubo
Takefusa Kubo, altho being beingbeing only 21 years old, plays in every major game for his nation. Kubo, who was once called the “Japanese Messi,” notched his first goal for Japan in a July friendly against Ghana.

A speculated Japanese starting XI
Japan frequently switch formations (4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, etc.), but their basic strategy remains the same. The only determining factor is the strength of their competition.

Schmidt; Sakai; Tomiyasu; Yoshida; Nakayama; Endo; Morita; Ito; Kamada; Kubo; Maeda make up Japan’s anticipated XI.

How Japan is Playing in Their Final Tune Before the World Cup
Japan has had a great experience competing in both friendly matches and the East Asian Football Championships.

Aside from losing to Tunisia and Brazil in friendly matches, Japan has had a very successful 2022. They’ve gone five games without a loss, during which they’ve beaten the United States and drawn with Ecuador, both of which were valuable tune-ups for the upcoming World Cup.

A look at the last five Japanese outcomes (all competitions)
Japan 6-0 China; Hong Kong
Japan 0-0 China
Japan 3-0 Southern Korea
Japan 2-0 USA
Japan and Ecuador tied 0–0.

How far do you see Japan going in the World Cup?
Japan is a strong team that unfortunately itselflvesthemselves in themselves themselves groupgroup with two powerhouses.

It seems unlikely that Moriyasu’s team will advance from their group, since they will need to defeat either Spain or Germany to have any chance of doing so.

In the second game, they should defeat Costa Rica and set up a potential penalty shootout with Spain in the third, but Japan will likely lose.

Exit from the group stage is anticipated.