FIFA World Cup - JAPANIn this blog we will be taking a comprehensive look at the Japan National football team and their chances of a successful FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Do you support the Japan Football team? Check out betting tips and odds at LV BET Sportsbook and place your bets on your favourite teams. 

Japan has always featured in the FIFA World Cup since 1998, but are yet to make it past the Round of 16. Will the Japan National Football team get their best finish in a World Cup final?

Read on to learn more about:

  • Japan’s football team FIFA World Cup history.
  • Japan’s road to Qatar.
  • The Japan squad.
  • LV BET betting tips on the Japan national football team.

Japan at the FIFA World Cup

The Japan National football team will appear for the seventh time at the finals in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. In the 2018 World Cup, Japan became the first-ever Asian nation to beat a side from South America after they won 2-1 against Colombia in the group stage. The Japan football team made it to the Round of 16, where they went two goals ahead against Belgium but failed to win as the Belgian Red Devils came from behind to win 3-2. 

One of the most known players worldwide is Keisuke Honda, who became the first Japanese player to score in three FIFA World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018).

Hajime Moriyasu will lead his Japan National Football players to another World Cup after leading his side to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Final, defeating Iran 3-0 at the semi-finals, before losing out to Qatar to mark Japan’s first defeat at a continental final.

Japan successes and failures at the previous FIFA World Cup

Japan football team haven’t had much success when participating in the World Cup, as the furthest they’ve gone was to the Round of 16 in the 2002 and 2018 World Cups. The first time that the Japan squad featured in a FIFA World Cup was in 1998, and it was their worst performance as they lost all three games, only scoring once. 

Japan’s road to the Qatar 2022 World Cup

The road to Qatar for the Japan football team has been long but successful, as they finished in second place, just one point below Saudi Arabia. Across a total of 10 games, the Japan national football team has only conceded four goals, the least of all the nations in their respective group

Who will Japan play against at the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Japan will play against two of the biggest names in world football, Germany and Spain, giving them a mammoth task to make it through to the knockout stage; stranger things have happened in football. 

In Group E, the Japan squad are yet to know who the fourth participant will be as there is still a playoff between Costa Rica and New Zealand.

The fixture for the Japan National team are as follows: 

  • Germany vs Japan, 23rd November, 2022 14:00 at Khalifa International Stadium
  • Japan vs Costa Rica / New Zealand, 27th November, 2022 11:00 at AI Rayyan Stadium
  • Japan vs Spain, 1st December, 2022, 20:00, at Khalifa International Stadium

Japan squad for the World Cup in Qatar

The Japan football team will continue their proud tradition of giving youth talents a chance to prove themselves at the biggest stage of world football. The Japan squad plays worldwide, with the likes of Eiji Kawashima playing for Strasbourg, Takehiro Tomiyasu recently joining Arsenal and captain Yoshida playing with Sampdoria in Italy. 

The player that stands out from the Japan squad is Takumi Minamino, who is currently playing with Liverpool. He is currently the nation’s leading goalscorer with 17 goals in 39 appearances for the Japan national team. Another source of goals is Genki Haraguchi who plays in Midfield and is the most experienced player in that position.

Where to see FIFA World Cup 2022 matches in Japan?

All around Japan, there will be places where you can enjoy a nice meal whilst watching the Japan National team in action. Kick-off times will vary depending on the fixture, but it depends on the location due to different time zones. 

You will be able to watch all the action unfold in all FIFA World Cup license holders as well as bars and restaurants that own the rights to show the matches.

For more information, please visit the official FIFA website here

Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets — prices, sale dates and tournament stages

For more information regarding ticket sales and accessibility tickets, please visit the official website here.

All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal (QAR) to both residents of Qatar and International fans.

FIFA World Cup round Category I Category II Category III
Opening match 2,250 1,600 1,100
Group phase 800 600 250
1/8 final 1,000 750 350
Quarterfinal 1,550 1,050 750
Semifinal 3,480 2,400 1,300
Match for 3rd place 1,550 1,100 750
Final 5,850 3,650 2,200

Betting tips and odds on Japan National team

The Japan national football team are priced as the third most likely to win the group as they are at 10/1 (11.00). With Spain being tipped as the front runners in Group E as they are priced at 9/11 (1.82), to win the group whilst Germany are close second as they are at 6/5 (2.20)

Bets on Japan National Football team at LV BET

At LV BET, we have a wide array of betting options. You are able to place your bets on the stage of elimination for the Japan national team. You are also able to bet if the team will reach a record best finish and get into the quarter finals. 

An unlikely feature in a quarter final for the Japan national team is priced at 9/1 (10.00). 

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