Everything you have to know about Japanese Football

Posted: January 4, 2012 in English, Kaffeeklatsch
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Because of the epic and spectacular victory of the Japanese Women football team at the 2011 World Cup (I was really lucky to be in Germany at this time) and because I promised one of my friends to make this special article; here it comes: a Special about Japanese football!  

  • Japan is currently in the international FIFA ranking on rank 3 (women) and 19 (men)
  • The Japanese Football Association (JFA) was founded in 1921 – but the domestic media still call the sport soccer
  • The first worldwide popular association football-oriented Japanese animation (manga) series, Captain Tsubasa, was started in 1981. Captain Tsubasa was extremely popular among children (boys and girls) in Japan. Its success led to many more association football manga being written, and it played a great role in association football history in Japan. Captain Tsubasa has also inspired the likes of prominent footballers such as Hidetoshi Nakata, Seigo Narazaki, Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti, Fernando Torres, Christian Vieri, Giuseppe Sculliand Alessandro Del Piero to play association football and choose it as a career.
Japanese Men’s Team
  • Japan is one of the most successful teams in Asia having qualified for the last four consecutive FIFA World Cup finals with second round advancements in 2002 & 2010 and having won the AFC Asian Cup a record four times with championships in 1992, 2000, 2004 & 2011
  • The Nickname of the Team is “Samurai Blue”
  • Japan were the ‘Unofficial Football World Champions’ for about a year, until a 1-0 defeat by North Korea in November 2011. (The Unofficial Football World Championships is an informal way of calculating the world’s best football team, using a knock-out title system similar to that used in boxing. Results are traced from the first international match to have a winner, England’s victory over Scotland in London on 8 March 1873. The title subsequently is assumed by any team beating the holder in a recognised full international, including wins on penalties where the tournament format uses that method of obtaining results.)
  •  Japan is the only team from outside the Americas to participate in the Copa América, having been invited in both 1999 and 2011
  • Most Japanese National players are currently playing for German teams, 6 in total (beside of Japanese Teams of course).
  • Japan has one of the highest sponsorship incomes for a national squad. In 2006 their sponsorship income amounted to over 16.5 million pounds. Primary sponsors include Adidas, Kirin, Panasonic, Saison Card International, FamilyMart, Fujifilm, ANA, JAL, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sony, Bank of Yokohama, NTT DoCoMo, Asahi Shinbun, Nissan and Audi.
Japanese Women’s Team
  • Following the increase in public interest in women’s football in Japan, the JFA organized a public contest to select a nickname for the team. “Nadeshiko Japan” was chosen from among about 2,700 entries and was announced on 7 July 2004. “Nadeshiko”, a kind of dianthus, comes from the phrase “Yamato Nadeshiko” (大和撫子, “ideal Japanese woman”).
  • The woman national team is the reigning world champion, having achieved its greatest triumph ever by winning the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
  • Right after the Victory in the World cup, ticket sales for a women league game increased by nearly 2000%
  • Similar to the men’s team are also most female national players playing in Germany, currently 3.

This is clip shows what happens if Japanese television discovers football as entertainment…very funny!

(The picture and most of the information given in this article are directly quoted from different websites and are in no way my own intellectual property) 

  1. Franz says:

    Interessant ist der Abschnitt über den ‘Unofficial Football World Champion’, der rest nüscht neuet falls dir mal wieder langweilig ist und das scheint bei der häufigkeit deiner blogs ja oft zu sein, hätte ich gern noch ein über die j-league.
    Vielen Dank das du dir die mühe gemacht hast und ich hoffe du bist wieder heil angekommen.
    Bis denne

  2. Franz says:

    Ich sollte mal meine Kommasetzung überdenken. Das Video am Ende ist doch alt oder sehen die Moderatoren in Japan immer noch aus wie in den 80er?

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