For the upcoming Summer Olympics Tournament at Tokyo, Japan Men’s Football Team 18 Man squad has been announced. Former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida and Real Madrid youngster Takefusa Kubo included in the lineup for the tokyo 2020 games.
If we look at the performance of the Japan at olympic games then they won only one Medal in Football Events of Bronze at Mexico 1968. But this time Manager Hajime Moriyasu are confident as their side playing on the home soil so performance surely increases more from recent.
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“We’re aiming for the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, and I’ve chosen the players who give us the best chance of doing that at this point in time,” said Moriyasu, who also manages Japan’s senior side.
“I want the players who have been chosen to carry the hopes of the players who haven’t. I want them to give their all for Japan.”
Japan’s squad is divided equally between overseas and domestic-based players.
“Mitoma is a player who can break through defences, a player with special qualities,” Moriyasu said of the 24-year-old.
“I hope he can do it on the Olympic stage and make a contribution to the team.”
Japan who drawn in the Group A in Men’s Football Events at Tokyo olympics 2021 so in the group stage team to face France, Mexico and South Africa.
Japan Men’s Football Team starting the Summer olympics 2021 campaign on 22 July when they face South Africa at tokyo.
Goalkeepers: Keisuke Osako (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kosei Tani (Shonan Bellmare)
Defenders: Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria/ITA), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Reds), Kou Itakura (Groningen/NED), Yuta Nakayama (PEC Zwolle/NED), Reo Hatate (Kawasaki Frontale), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna/ITA), Daiki Hashioka (Sint-Truiden/BEL)
Midfielders: Wataru Endo (Stuttgart/GER), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), Koji Miyoshi (Antwerp/BEL), Kaoru Mitoma (Kawasaki Frontale), Ritsu Doan (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Ao Tanaka (Kawasaki Frontale), Takefusa Kubo (Real Madrid/ESP)
Forwards: Daizen Maeda (Yokohama F Marinos), Ayase Ueda (Kashima Antlers)