FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup record
Japan have never missed an edition of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and will be making their tenth appearance at Paraguay 2019. To date, their best finish was fourth, after reaching the semi-final of the inaugural edition in Brazil in 2005. Subsequently, they reached the quarter-finals in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2015 but failed to survive the group phase in their four other appearances.
The road to Paraguay
Japan comfortably won their group at the 2019 AFC Beach Soccer Championship, after trouncing Kuwait (8-1), Qatar (7-1) and Bahrain (6-2). Despite that, they had to contend with heavyweights IR Iran in the quarters, eventually prevailing 3-2 after extra time. Palestine were no match for them in last four (6-0), but UAE pushed them all the way in the decider, where they eventually prevailed (2-2 aet, 3-1 pso) to become the first team to lift three Asian titles.
Did you know?
- Japan’s naturalised Brazilian Ozu Moreira was the top scorer (8 goals) and Most Valuable Player at the Asian qualifying tournament.
- Their coach Ruy Ramos, also a naturalised Brazilian, will be in charge of Japan for the fifth time at a World Cup in Paraguay, having previously been at the helm in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
- Aside from five-time world champions Brazil, Japan are the only other country to have appeared at every edition of the Beach Soccer World Cup.