FIFA Ranking: 18

Coach: Zico

Key players: Hidetoshi Nakata, Naohiro Takahara, Shunsuke Nakamura

World Cup record: Third appearance

Best Finish: Second Round 2002

Qualifying route: Won Asian Group B

Key question: Can Brazilian Zico mastermind the downfall of his homeland?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Seigo Narazaki 1
Yoichi Doi 12
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi 23
Defenders
Teruyuki Moniwa 2
Yuichi Komano 3
Tsuneyasu Miyamoto 5
Koji Nakata 6
Alessandro Santos 14
Keisuke Tsuboi 19
Akira Kaji 21
Yuji Nakazawa 22
Midfielders
Yasuhito Endo 4
Hidetoshi Nakata 7
Mitsuo Ogasawara 8
Shunsuke Nakamura 10
Takashi Fukunishi 15
Junichi Inamoto 17
Shinji Ono 18
Forwards
Naohiro Takahara 9
Seiichiro Maki 11
Atsushi Yanagisawa 13
Masashi Oguro 16
Keiji Tamada 20

Group matches:

v Australia, 13:00 GMT, Monday 12th June - Kaiserslautern

v Croatia, 13:00 GMT, Sunday 18th June - Nuremberg

v Brazil, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Dortmund