Japan’s FIFA World Cup 2014 Team

When I first heard that the Japanese National Football Team for the 2014 World Cup will arrive in Brazil in a ‘Pokémon Plane’ I was initially sceptical, however my doubtfulness instantly evolved in to full on belief when it was confirmed in the media that Japan’s Football team have in fact arrived in Brazil in a Pokémon themed plane…Awesome! (Edit: guys looks like they didn’t land in this plane after all).

The Japanese National Team Arrive 'Anime Style'
The Japanese National Team Arrive ‘Anime Style’

If you’re like me then you would have thought that the Pokémon glory days which stared with the first episode being aired in 1997 were well and truly over. However in Japan the series still continues to thrive, thus explaining the choice to have their official FIFA Mascot or should I say Mascots based on Pikachu and ten other Pokémon Characters…this just keeps getting better doesn’t it!

Gotta catch em all!
Gotta catch em all!
Pikachu is Japan's 2014 FIFA World-Cup Mascot
Pikachu is Japan’s 2014 FIFA World-Cup Mascot

(Trying not to sound like the guy from the Shopping Channel) “But wait there’s more…” Pokémon being the official 2014 World Cup theme which means there’ll be a crazy amount of Pokémon themed World Cup memorabilia and snacks available to the Japanese…#envious.

サムライ・ブルー ポケモン
サムライ・ブルー ポケモン

So if you’re still contemplating on which team to cheer on (obviously after your home country) and are or once were a Pokémon fan then Japan is your team!

World Cup Snacks
Pokemon World Cup 2014 Snacks
サムライ
サムライ

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s 23-man squad are in Group C with Greece, Ivory Coast and Colombia. No doubt a lot of expectations are on Manchester United’s midfielder Shinji Kagawa who will be playing to impress.

Kagawa - Japans Prized Jewl
Kagawa – Japans Prized Jewl

Nicknamed Samurai Blue (サムライ・ブルー) are amongst the most successful football teams in Asia. They have now qualified for six consecutive FIFA World Cups and in years 2002, 2010 & 2014 and have previously advanced to the second round. They also finished second in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001.

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Goalkeeper) has been to the last 4 World Cups with Japan playing in 1998 and 2006 as well as racking up 2 Asian Cup winners medals and being named in the 2001 Confederations Cup Best XI.
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Goalkeeper) has been to the last 4 World Cups with Japan playing in 1998 and 2006 as well as racking up 2 Asian Cup winners medals and being named in the 2001 Confederations Cup Best XI.

Japan’s first game kicks off on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 02:00GMT with Ivory Coast in Natal’s Estadio das Dunas Stadium, the stadium was constructed in 1972 with the overall capacity 38958.

Estadio das Dunas
Estadio das Dunas

I’m hoping for a lot of Japanese supporters dressed up in Pokémon suits so be sure to join me in spotting them!

Japan Fans
Japan Fans

Fans

At work we are having our very own World Cup! The company have bought an awesome football (foosball) table and there will be trophies for the winners!

Foosball Contest
Office Foosball 2014 Contest

Since there are 32 countries in the world cup we have started playing in two groups – Green and Blue – so 64 people are “in it to win it!”Everyone was required to pick a country’s flag at random – this flag will have either a green or blue x on the back – this will then became our personal country so we can play to win!…

Office decorated in World Cup style
Office decorated in World Cup style flags

Any guesses which team I’m representing?….JAPAN! (I initially had Mexico but a co-worker kindly agreed to trade with me) So we’re following the actual format of the real world cup fixtures for example the first game was Brazil Vs Croatia so the people who picked these flags will start the foosball tournament.

My desk decorated with both the England and Japan flags along with Gundam and Origami
My desk decorated with both the England and Japan flags along with Gundam and Origami

If you’re not doing anything related to the World Cup at your work place then there’s still time! Even if it’s getting everyone dressed up as Pikachu!!

2 thoughts on “Japan’s FIFA World Cup 2014 Team

  • June 14, 2014 at 2:52 am
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    Heard about this, too. But it turns out that it’s not true that the team landed in a Pokemon plane.

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    • June 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm
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      Hey Arriacross…yup your right but the plane does exist so I think that they should have flown in it!

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