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Japan 2018 Shirts



Japan play their home games in blue shirts with blue shorts and blue socks. Japan's first World Cup appearance was in 1998, four years before they co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. In 1998 they lost all their group games and whilst in 2002 they reached the 2nd round. Japan have won three of their last four Asian Cup finals appearances and on 8th June 2005, Japan qualified for their third World Cup.

The Japanese national football team whose nickname is the Blues, first played international football against China in Tokyo, Japan on May 9th 1917, but lost 5 nil.

Yasuhito Endo holds the record for the most number of appearances with over 130 matches and Kunishige Kamamoto holds the record for the most number of goals with 80.

Japan are one of the strongest national teams in the AFC confederations as they boast world class footballers including Shinji Kagawa, Makoto Hasebe, Shinjo Okazaki and Maya Yoshida. Japan wear blue home shirts with white and red trim which are supplied by adidas and their away kit is all white with red and blue trim. The nation was one of the first to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

World Cup Kits

Japan are nicknamed the Samurai Blue which explains their primary kit colour throughout their footballing history. Their first appearance in a World Cup was in 1998 where Japan had a lighter shade of blue shirt which featured a flash of red in its flame design on both arms. For the 2014 World Cup Japan will wear blue shirts, rather than the red from their flag, due having won wearing a blue kit at the 1936 Summer Olympics, creating a national football superstition.

The new away shirt for Japan at the 2014 World Cup is not like any recent away football kits as Japan have opted to use fluorescent yellow as the main colour which is designed to symbolise the country’s modern developed cities. The last time Japan saw a hint of yellow on their kits was in the 2004-05 season where they had gold away shirts.

When adidas took over the production of their shirts in 2002 a darker blue has been included. For the home World Cup in 2002 the shirt design was very simple. In 2006 red was switched to the kit's second colour for the first time as light blue stripes ran in waves down the side of the shirt.

The 2010 Japan home shirt saw simplicity reintroduced as a red square appearing under the collar for the tournament. As with 2010 Japan will play in dark blue shorts in Brazil rather than the traditional white with a blue and red pattern on the socks.

Hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2002 Japan's home kit comprised a unique dark blue shirt that featured only their supplier's three stripe pattern in white running down the arms and a thin red line running across the shoulders. The shirt features sun rays expanding from Japan’s crest. Japan were one of the first nations to reach the 2014 World Cup after they came first in AFC Group B ahead of Australia to gain an automatic spot. Japan’s new away shirt is not like any recent away football kits as they have opted to use fluorescent yellow as the main colour which is designed to symbolise the country’s modern and developed cities.

In terms of away designs Japan have almost used a white shirt in every major tournament. The 2012-13 design first saw a Japanese away kits with white shorts rather than their standard blue. The away kits are usually topped off with red trim.

Prior to their first FIFA World Cup in 1998 Japan predominantly wore the same coloured home shirt. The nation's first ever home shirt comprised of a royal blue home colour with white shorts and royal blue socks.

Japan have had several kit suppliers in their history with adidas taking over in the early 90's, Puma in the mod 90's and then Asics in the late 90's. adidas returned to supply Japan's kits from the 00's onwards.

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