FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Brazil 2019 marks Japan's ninth appearance at the FIFA U-17 World Cup since their debut in 1993. Their best achievement, however, has been two quarter-final appearances. They reached the last-eight on debut as hosts in 1993 before repeating the feat at Mexico 2011. Japan have featured in the second round in their last two appearances at UAE 2013 and India 2017.
The road to Brazil
Japan booked qualification to Brazil 2019 as Asian champions. They met few problems during the group stage, with victories against Thailand (5-2), hosts Malaysia (2-0) and a goalless draw against Tajikistan sending them through as section winners. A 2-1 defeat of Oman in the quarter-finals sealed their passage to Brazil. They went on to sink Australia 3-1 in the semi-finals before downing an impressive Tajikistan 1-0 to claim their third continental title.
Yoshiro Moriyama spent the majority of his playing career with Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Yokohama Flugels before hanging up his boots at Bellmare Hiratsuka in 1999. At international level, the former defender garnered seven appearances with Japan. Since taking over the team two years ago, he successfully guided his team through the AFC U-16 Championship qualification campaign before taking them to the continental title.
Did you know
- Japan playmaker Jun Nishikawa earned the tournament Most Valued Player award for his impressive performances during the Asian qualifiers.
- Forward Shoji Toyama finished as the tournament joint top-scorer with five goals in the qualifiers.