Japan National Football Team Results: 1950-1954

South Korea’s Chung Nam-Sik (centre), flanked by teammates Choi Jung-Min (left) and Sung Nak-Woon (right), shoots towards the Japanese goal in the first of two 1954 FIFA World Cup qualification matches between the two teams. China withdrew before qualification got underway, leaving South Korea and Japan to battle it out for the sole place reserved for an Asian team at the finals in Switzerland. The first game (above) was won by Kim Yong-Shik’s side 5-1, and although required to play both matches in Japan owing to the South Korean government’s refusal to allow Japan to play on their territory, the Meiji-Jingu Stadium proved no disadvantage to the travelling side and they clinched their place in the finals with a 2-2 draw one week later (Image courtesy JCube)

Friendly Matches

11/02/1951 Japan
Kano 19′
Ninomiya 67′, 89′
Miyata 88′
5 (2) All Kansai Selection
4 (3)
Japan XI: Yukio Tsuda; Megumu Tamura, Yoshio Okada, Koji Miyata, Shigeo Sugimoto, Ko Arima, Masanori Tokita, Taro Kagawa, Seki Matsunaga, Toshio Iwatani, Takashi Kano
Substitutes: Hideo Horiguchi, Nobuo Matsunaga, Hirokazu Ninomiya, Tsunae Wada, Nobuyuki Kato, Ken Noritake
Coach: Hirokazu Ninomiya
Venue: Osaka City Stadium, Osaka, Japan

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Japan National Football Team Results: 1940-1949

Collection of newspaper cuttings showing various events from the 1940 East Asia Games in progress. (Image courtesy Bunzo)

Tokyo had been chosen by the International Olympic Committee as the host city for the 1940 Olympic Games after conducting an unprecedented, intensive lobbying campaign that would look familiar to contemporary mega-event strategists. The Japanese bid project won the support of a number of powerful nations accordingly, the United States, Great Britain and Germany among them, and Japan’s ambassador to Rome, Sugimura Yotaro, persauded Mussolini to drop Rome’s competing bid for the 1940 Games with a guarantee for Japanese support four years later.

Despite causing irritation by building a new stadium in Komozawa rather than as initially planned in the outer grounds of Meiji-Jingu Shrine, and on the brink of war with China, out of necessity having to cancel additional plans for the Olympic flame to travel via the ancient Silk Road and proposing the flame be flown non-stop from Germany, the country looked set to host a games for which the successful bid had brought widespread rejoicing in Japan. Coinciding with the legend of the Japanese Empire having been founded in 660BC, and hence it being the purported 2600th Anniversary of the establishment of the Empire by Jimmu, it would enable the country’s leaders to project an image of an ambitious, vibrant and modern nation, as well as the darker aspect of a highly militarist government potentially using the games as a nationalistic propaganda tool and to promote the Emperor himself.

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Japan National Football Team Results: 1930-1939

Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds (Courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Library)

Ninth Far Eastern Games

25/05/1930 Empire of Japan
Wakabayashi 10′, 12′, 22′, 51′
Own Goal 16′
Teshima 32′
Ichihashi 86′
7 (5) Philippines
2 (2)
Japan XI: Saizo Saito; Teizo Takeuchi, Yukio Goto, Nagayasu Honda, Shigemaru Takenokoshi (c), Masao Nozawa, Yasuo Haruyama, Takeo Wayabayashi, Shiro Teshima, Hideo Shinojima, Tadao Takayama
Substitutes: Tokizo Ichihashi, Tameo Ide, Shozaburo Sugimura, Abe
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds, Tokyo, Japan
29/05/1930 Empire of Japan
Teshima 23′
Takayama 57′
Shinojima 73′
3 (1) Republic of China
3 (1)
Japan XI: Saizo Saito; Teizo Takeuchi, Yukio Goto, Nagayasu Honda, Shigemaru Takenokoshi (c), Masao Nozawa, Yasuo Haruyama, Takeo Wayabayashi (Sub 77′, Ichihashi), Shiro Teshima, Hideo Shinojima, Tadao Takayama
Substitutes: Tokizo Ichihashi, Tameo Ide, Shozaburo Sugimura, Abe
Coach: Shigeyoshi Suzuki
Venue: Outer Precincts of Meiji Shrine Athletic Grounds, Tokyo, Japan

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92nd Emperor’s Cup: Semi-Final Results

(Yasuhito Endo’s 23rd minute cross flew over Hitoshi Sogahata and into the Kashima Antlers’ net, but the fortuitous nature of the strike shouldn’t undermine a performance in which his Gamba Osaka side came closest to adding to the number of goals scored, and reached the 92nd Emperor’s Cup final. Endo struck the bar later in the first period, while Akihiro Ienaga also went close with a flying volley as Sogahata’s handling deserted him. Yuya Osako found the woodwork with a thumping header for Antlers, but it is Gamba who will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 AFC Champions League, and provide the best possible case for Endo and fellow Samurai Blue Yasuyuki Konno to remain with the Suita side as they seek immediate promotion to J.League Division 1)

Gamba Osaka
Endo 23′
1 Kashima Antlers
0
Yokohama F-Marinos
0 Kashiwa Reysol
Kudo 23′
1

Matches played 29 December. Gamba Osaka and Kashiwa Reysol will meet in the 92nd Emperor’s Cup Final, to be played on 1 January 2013 at the National Olympic Stadium, kick-off 14:00 JST.

Japan National Football Team Results: 1920-1929

Fifth Far Eastern Games

30/05/1921 Empire of Japan
Mototane Goto 7′
1 (1) Philippines 3 (1)
Japan XI: Shimizu; Hoshino, Tsuyuki; Yuzuru Nozu, Moriya, Mori; Ohashi, Ando, Sunao Goto, Mototane Goto, Minoru Takahashi (c)
Substitutes: Katsumi Onita, Hitosi Sasaki, Izome
Coach: Hitoshi Sasaki
Venue: Shanghai, Republic of China

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Japan National Football Team Results: 1910-1919

Although not officially recognised by FIFA, this is the selection deemed to be the first Japan national football team by the Japan Football Association.  Japan was represented by the Tokyo Higher Normal School, now the University of Tsukuba, which continues to hold a strong reputation in football.  Only Waseda University has won more All Japan College Football championship titles to date.

Although not officially recognised by FIFA, this is the selection deemed to be the first Japan national football team by the Japan Football Association. Japan was represented by the Tokyo Higher Normal School, now the University of Tsukuba, which continues to uphold a strong and proud football reputation. Only Waseda University has won more All Japan College Football championship titles to date.

Third Far Eastern Games

09/05/1917 Japan Selection 0 (0) Republic of China 5 (4)
Japan XI: Tomita; Haga, Takei; Yoshiki, Takeuchi (C), Kumanosuke Ueyama; Watanabe, Sasaki, Okubo, Fujii, Nukata
Substitutes: Osugi, Toyosaki, Ishikawa, Yamamoto, Kageyama
Venue: Shibaura Ground, Tokyo, Japan

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92nd Emperor’s Cup: Semi-Final Fixtures

29 Dec
Match Home vs Away Venue
85 Gamba Osaka vs Kashima Antlers Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa
86 Yokohama F-Marinos vs Kashiwa Reysol National Olympic Stadium

Match 85 kick-off is at 13:00 JST. Match 86 kick-off is at 15:00 JST.