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Japan has been a staple at the World Cup since its debut in 1998, participating in six straight tournaments. Japan vs Spain Live, Stream Free. Qatar 2022 will be their seventh, and the Japanese are looking to make a big splash. Known as the Samurai Blue, Japan has become a powerhouse in Asian football over the past 30 years, with four AFC Asian Cup titles during that span.

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However, their continental dominance hasn’t translated to success on the world stage, as Japan have never progressed past the round of 16. In fact, the Japanese have perpetuated a strange pattern at World Cups since their first appearance, alternating between exits at the group stage and last-16.

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Head coach Hajime Moriyasu is tasked with breaking that pattern and bringing the Japanese to new heights, and he has a roster filled with European-tested players at his disposal. Most of Japan’s Euro-based players ply their trade in the Bundesliga, although there is a sprinkling of Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Belgian Pro League, and Scottish Premiership representation among the squad.

The best known of Moriyasu’s men are likely Takumi Minamino and Maya Yoshida, who will be expected to bring their experience to a tough group and help the Japanese reach their elusive goal.

Here are the fixtures that will define Japan’s World Cup journey, along with kick-off times and how to watch.

JAPAN’S WORLD CUP 2022 FIXTURES, KICK-OFF TIMES

Japan has been drawn into Group E alongside Costa Rica, Germany and Spain.

Date Time (JST) Fixture Stadium
Nov. 23 10:00 p.m. Germany vs. Japan Khalifa International Stadium
Nov. 27 7:00 p.m. Costa Rica Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Dec. 2 4:00 a.m. Japan vs. Spain Khalifa International Stadium

JAPAN’S WORLD CUP 2022 SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

  • Eiji Kawashima
  • Shūichi Gonda
  • Daniel Schmidt

DEFENDERS

  • Miki Yamane
  • Shōgo Taniguchi
  • Kō Itakura
  • Yūto Nagatomo
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu
  • Hiroki Sakai
  • Maya Yoshida
  • Hiroki Itō

MIDFIELDERS

  • Wataru Endo
  • Gaku Shibasaki
  • Ritsu Dōan
  • Kaoru Mitoma
  • Takumi Minamino
  • Takefusa Kubo
  • Hidemasa Morita
  • Junya Ito
  • Daichi Kamada
  • Ao Tanaka
  • Yūki Sōma

FORWARDS

  • Takuma Asano
  • Shūto Machino
  • Ayase Ueda
  • Daizen Maeda

WHAT STADIUMS WILL JAPAN PLAY IN AT WORLD CUP 2022?

Japan will play at two different venues during the group stage.

KHALIFA INTERNATIONAL STADIUM – GERMANY VS. JAPAN & JAPAN VS. SPAIN

Japan’s first and last group stage matches will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, a 45,416-seat venue that is by far the oldest in Qatar 2022.

Opened in 1976, it’s a multipurpose venue that has hosted track and field events as well as football events. The stadium has undergone numerous renovations, including major redevelopments in 2005 and 2017, to increase capacity and amenities.

Major events that have been hosted at the venue include the 2006 Asian Games, 2011 Pan Arab Games, 2019 World Athletics Championships, and a pair of 2019 FIFA Club World Cup matches. It will host eight World Cup games, including the third-place match.

AHMAD BIN ALI STADIUM – JAPAN VS. COSTA RICA

Officially named the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, the Al-Rayyan Stadium is nicknamed as such due to the city in which it stands.

The 50,000-seat venue is actually the second stadium to be built on the same spot, with its predecessor holding less than half the capacity and standing from 2003-2015.

Home to Al-Rayyan SC and Al Kharaitiyat SC of the Qatar Stars League, the stadium opened in 2020 and has since hosted matches in the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup 2021. More recently, the stadium hosted the two intercontinental play-off matches that determined the final two countries (Australia and Costa Rica) to advance to Qatar 2022.

Al-Rayyan Stadium will host seven matches in Qatar 2022.

JAPAN’S WORLD CUP 2022 MATCHES: HOW TO WATCH

All of Japan’s games will be broadcast on DENTSU LIVE in that country.

Japan named their 26 for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Tuesday (1 November), a squad short on experience but banking on the exuberance of those headed to men’s football’s grandest stage for the first time.

“We’re a resilient group who will fight to the finish,” Japan manager Moriyasu Hajime said during a press conference televised live nationwide.

“Our target is the quarter-finals, no less than that. We realize getting there will not be easy and will need the support of our fans and the entire country.

“Hopefully, the view we will have in the end will be better than the ones we’ve had in the past.”

Japan have its work cut out for what will be its seventh straight trip to the World Cup finals.

They kick off their Group E campaign against Germany, followed by Costa Rica then Spain in what will be a grudge match following their meeting at the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021.

Since being named national coach following Russia 2018, Moriyasu called up a total of 122 players but selected only seven with World Cup experience for the 20 November-18 December tournament.Full-back Nagatomo Yuto and backup goalkeeper Kawashima Eiji were each picked for the fourth time. None of the attacking players have previously appeared at a World Cup.Thirteen – including the likes of Kubo TakefusaMitoma Kaoru, and Tomiyasu Takehiro, played for Moriyasu at Tokyo 2020 where the hosts lost to Mexico in the bronze-medal match.

Moriyasu said he made his final decision on the morning of the announcement. Japan vs Spain Live.

“When making the selection, we talked about not having World Cup experience,” he said.

The Japan squad for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar:

GK

Kawashima Eiji (Strasbourg)

Gonda Shuichi (Shimizu S-Pulse)

Schmidt Daniel (Sint-Truidense)

DF

Nagatomo Yuto (FC Tokyo)

Nakayama Yuta (Huddersfield)

Yoshida Maya (Schalke)

Taniguchi Shogo (Kawasaki Frontale)

Tomiyasu Takehiro (Arsenal)

Itakura Ko (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Ito Hiroki (Stuttgart)

Sakai Hiroki (Urawa Reds)

Yamane Miki (Kawasaki Frontale)

MF

Wataru Endo (Stuttgart)

Tanaka Ao (Dusseldorf)

Morita Hidemasa (Sporting)

Shibasaki Gaku (Leganes)

Ito Junya (Stade de Reims)

Doan Ritsu (Freiburg)

Kamada Daichi (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Minamino Takumi (Monaco)

Kubo Takefusa (Real Sociedad)

MItoma Kaoru (Brighton)

Soma Yuki (Nagoya Grampus)

FW

Maeda Daizen (Celtic)

Asano Takuma (Bochum)

Ueda Ayase (Cercle Brugge)

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Predicted Japan starting XI: Tani; Sakai, Yoshida, Itakura, Hatate; Endo, Tanaka; Doan, Kubo, Soma; Hayashi.

Predicted Spain starting XI: Simon; Mingueza, Garcia, Torres, Cucurella; Merino, Zubimendi, Pedri; Asensio, Oyarzabal, Olmo.

The 26 players in the Spain squad for the 2022 World Cup have been confirmed by head coach Luis Enrique.

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Spain will have their hands full in a difficult Group E alongside Germany, Japan, and Costa Rica.

Confirmed Spain squad for 2022 World Cup

Goalkeepers: Robert Sanchez, David Raya, Unai Simon

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Pau Torres, Jose Gaya, Hugo Guillamon, Jordi Alba, Dani Carvajal, Aymeric Laporte

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Marcos Llorente, Koke, Gavi, Rodri, Carlos Soler, Pedri

Forwards: Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Jeremy Pino, Dani Olmo, Pablo Sarabia, Ansu Fati.

japan’s goal at the World Cup will be to break the round-of-16 hex. Japan vs Spain Live.

The Japanese will be appearing in their seventh consecutive World Cup, and three times the team has reached the round of 16.

Japan is in Group E with Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica — probably the toughest group in Qatar.

The two European teams are always among the favorites to win any World Cup, and Costa Rica made the quarterfinals as recently as 2014 in Brazil. Germany has won it four times, and Spain won in 2010.

THE SUSPENSE

After fielding two entirely different lineups for September friendlies against the United States and Ecuador, it remains to be seen who exactly Moriyasu will pick to face Germany on Nov. 23.

If precedence speaks, Shuichi Gonda will likely start in goal with Arsenal’s Takahiro Tomiyasu and two-time World Cup defender Maya Yoshida in central defense. Stuttgart captain Wataru Endo and Hidemasa Morita will anchor the midfield.

Daichi Kamada, who has had a strong season for Europa League champion Eintracht Frankfurt, is emerging as the playmaker.

It’s uncertain if Takefusa Kubo, the face of Japan’s Tokyo Olympic team, and Kaoru Mitoma will find a place in the team or come off the bench as the sparkplugs. Japan lost the Olympic bronze-medal game to Mexico 3-1.

This Japan team could be light on the World Cup experience. With 26 spots available, Moriyasu might take veterans like goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and defender Yuto Nagatomo to settle the bench and calm younger players.

SO CLOSE

Japan showed in the 2018 World Cup in Russia that it’s capable of beating the best teams in the world.

DANIEL SCHMIDT

He has the most un-Japanese-sounding name — goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.

Schmidt came up with several key saves in a tune-up match for the World Cup, a 0-0 draw with Ecuador in September. He is likely to compete with Gonda for starts in goal.

Athletes like Schmidt, Osaka, and Hachimura represent multicultural backgrounds in a country known for homogeneity and conformity.

Manager: Hajime Moriyasu.