Japan are team 28 with a FIFA ranking of 43 in the World. With 3 World Cup appearances in a row, South Africa makes it 4 and a great achievement.
In their last performance at the world cup they met Australia in their first group game. Japan were winning 1-0 with 6 minutes to go and ended up losing the game 3-1. Japan were unable to recover from that and bowed out at the group stage.
Japan’s coach Takeshi Okada has been quoted as saying: “Our target for South Africa is reaching the Semi Final”. My view is, if you are going to set unrealistic goals you might as well say we are going to win the World Cup. 🙂
Japan is in Group E with The Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon. If Japan gets through they will meet first or second from Group F, possibly Italy or Paraguay.
My Prediction: Out at Group Stage.