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Information on Japan players’

Notes: 1) Date of birth, 2) Birth place, 3) height & weight, 4) club, 5) former clubs, 6) caps and goals for Japan as of April 8, 2010, 7) Japan debut, 8) first goal for Japan, 9) professional debut, 10) major competitions involved, 11) honors

Goalkeepers

Seigo Narazaki:1) April 15, 1976, 2) Kashiba, Nara Prefecture, 3) 187 cm 80 kg, 4) Nagoya Grampus, 5) Yokohama Flugels, 6) 75 caps 0 goals, 7) Feb. 15, 1998, vs. Australia in a friendly, 8) n/a, 9) Aug. 16, 1995 for Yokohama Flugels, 10) World Cup in 1998, 2002 & 2006, Asian Cup in 1996, 2004 & 2007, Copa America in 1999, Olympics in 2000, 11) J. League Best XI in 1996, 1998, 2003 & 2008

Eiji Kawashima:1) March 20, 1983, 2) Yono, Saitama Prefecture, 3) 185 cm 80 kg, 4) Kawasaki Frontale, 5) Omiya Ardija, Nagoya Grampus, 6) 8 caps 0 goals, 7) Feb. 17, 2008, vs. Korea DPR in the East Asian Championship, 8) n/a, 9) April 6, 2002 for Omiya Ardija, 10), Asian Cup in 2007, East Asian Championship in 2008 & 2010, 11) J. League Best XI in 2009

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi:1) August 15, 1975, 2) Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture, 3) 180 cm 77 kg, 4) Jubilo Iwata, 5) Yokohama F. Marinos, Portsmouth, Nordsjaelland, 6) 116 caps 0 goals, 7 ) Feb. 13, 1997, vs. Sweden in the Kings Cup, 8) n/a, 9) April 26, 1995 for Yokohama Marinos, 10) World Cup in 1998, 2002 & 2006, Asian Cup in 2000, 2004 & 2007, Olympics in 1996, 11) J. League Rookie of the Year in 1995, Confederations Cup Bext XI in 2001, J. League Best XI in 2006

Defenders

Notes: 1) Date of birth, 2) Birth place, 3) height & weight, 4) club, 5) former clubs, 6) caps and goals for Japan as of April 8, 2010, 7) Japan debut, 8) first goal for Japan, 9) professional debut, 10) major competitions involved, 11) honors

Yuji Nakazawa: 1) Feb. 25, 1978, 2) Yoshikawa, Saitama Prefecture, 3) 187 cm 87 kg, 4) Yokohama F. Marinos, 5) FC America (Brazil), Verdy Kawasaki, 6) 102 caps 17 goals, 7) Sept. 8, 1999, vs. Iran in a friendly, 8) Feb. 13, 2000, vs. Singapore in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) March 13, 1999 for Verdy Kawasaki, 10) World cup in 2006, Asian Cup in 2000, 2004 & 2007, Olympics in 2000, 11) J. League MVP in 2004, J. League Rookie of the Year in 1999, J. League Best XI in 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2008, won J. League in 2003 & 2004

Marcus Tulio Tanaka:1) April 24, 1981, 2) Palmeira d’Oeste, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, 3) 185 cm 82 kg, 4) Nagoya Grampus, 5) Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Urawa Reds, 6) 37 caps 7 goals, 6) March 11, 2001 for Sanfrecce Hiroshima, 7) Aug. 9, 2006, vs. Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly, 8) Nov. 15, 2006, vs. Saudi Arabia in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) March 11, 2001 for Sanfrecce Hiroshima, 10) Olympics in 2004, 11) J. League MVP in 2006, J. League Best XI in 2004 to 2009, won J. League in 2006 and AFC Champions League in 2007 (both with Urawa Reds)

Yuichi Komano:1) July 25, 1981, 2) Kainan, Wakayama Prefecture, 3) 172 cm 76 kg, 4) Jubilo Iwata, 5) Sanfrecce Hiroshima, 6) 51 caps 0 goals, 7) August 3, 2005, vs. China in the East Asian Championship, 8) --, 9) April 12, 2000 for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in a Nabisco Cup,10) World Cup in 2006, Asian Cup in 20087, Olympics in 2004, World Youth Championship in 2001, 11) –

Yuto Nagatomo:1) Sept. 12, 1986, 2) Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, 3) 170 cm 68 kg, 4) FC Tokyo, 5) --, 6) 23 caps 3 goals, 7) May 24, 2008, vs. Ivory Coast in the Kirin Cup, 8) Nov. 13, 2008, vs. Syria in a friendly, 9) March 8, 2008, 10) Olympics in 2008, 11) –

Atsuto Uchida:1) March 27, 1988, 2) Kannami, Shizuoka Prefecture, 3) 176 cm 62 kg, 4) Kashima Antlers, 5) --, 6) 31 caps 1 goal, 7) Jan. 26, 2008, vs. Chile in a friendly, 8) June 22, 2008, vs. Bahrain in a World Cup qualifier, 9) March 5, 2006, 10) Olympics in 2008, U-20 World Cup in 2007, 11) J. League Best XI in 2008 & 2009, won J. League in 2008 & 2009, 12) --

Daiki Iwamasa:1) Jan. 30, 1982, 2) Yamaguchi, 3) 187 cm 85 kg, 4) Kashima Antlers, 5) --, 6) 2 caps 0 goal, 7) Oct. 10, 2009, vs. Scotland in a friendly, 8) --, 9) April 4, 2004, 10) --, 11) J. League Best XI in 2008 & 2009, won the J. League in 2008 & 2009

Yasuyuki Konno:1) Jan. 25, 1983, 2) Sendai, 3) 178 cm 73 kg, 4) FC Tokyo, 5) Consadole Sapporo, 6) 34 caps 0 goals, 7) Aug. 3, 2005, vs. China in the East Asian Championship, 8) --, 9) April 7, 2001 for Consadole Sapporo, 10) Asian Cup in 2007, Olympics in 2004, World Youth Championship in 2003, 11) --

Midfielders

Notes: 1) Date of birth, 2) Birth place, 3) height & weight, 4) club, 5) former clubs, 6) caps and goals for Japan as of April 8, 2010, 7) Japan debut, 8) first goal for Japan, 9) professional debut, 10) major competitions involved, 11) honors

Junichi Inamoto:1) Sept. 18, 1979, 2) Kagoshima, 3) 181 cm 75 kg, 4) Kawasaki Frontale, 5) Gamba Osaka, Arsenal, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff, Galatasaray, Eintracht Frankfurt, Stade Rennes, 6) 79 caps 5 goals, 7) Feb. 5, 2000, vs. Mexico in the Karlsburg Cup, 8) July 4, 2001, vs. Yugoslavia in the Kirin Cup, 9) April 12, 1997 for Gamba Osaka, 10) World Cup in 2002 & 2006, Asian Cup in 2000, Olympics in 2000, World Youth Championship in 1999, U-17 World Championship in 1995, 11) J. League Best XI in 2000

Shunsuke Nakamura:1) June 24, 1978, 2) Yokohama, 3) 178 cm 70 kg, 4) Yokohama F. Marinos, 5) Yokohama Marinos, Celtic, Espanyol, 6) 95 caps 24 goals, 7) Feb. 13, 2000, vs. Singapore, in an Asian Cup qualifier, 8) Feb. 16, 2000, vs. Brunei in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) March 8, 1997 for Yokohama Marinos in a Nabisco Cup, 10) World Cup in 2006, Asian Cup in 2000, 2004 & 2007, World Youth Championship in 1997, 11) J. League MVP in 2000, J. League Best XI in 1999 & 2000, Asian Cup MVP in 2004, Scottish PFA Player of the Year in 2006-07, won Scottish Premier League in 2005/06 to 2007/08, Scottish FA Cup in 2006/07, Scottish League Cup in 2005/06 & 2008/09 (with Celtic)

Keisuke Honda: 1) June 13, 1986, 2) Settsu, Osaka Prefecture, 3) 182 cm 74 kg, 4) CSKA Moscow, 5) Nagoya Grampus, VVV Venlo, 6) 12 caps 4 goals, 7) May 27, 2009, vs. Chile in the Kirin Cup, 8) May 27, 2009, vs. Chile in the Kirin Cup, 9) March 5, 2005 for Nagoya Grampus,10) Olympics in 2008, World Youth Championship in 2005, 11) Dutch second division Eerste Divisie MVP in 2008-09, won Eerste Divisie in 2008-09 (with VVV Venlo)

Daisuke Matsui:1) May 11, 1981, 2) Kyoto, 3) 175 cm 64 kg, 4) Grenoble, 5) 12) Kyoto Purple Sanga, Le Mans, Saint-Etienne, 6) 22 caps 1 goal, 7) June 22, 2003, vs. Columbia in a friendly, 8) Nov. 16, 2005, vs. Angola, in a friendly, 9) March 18, 2000 for Kyoto Purple Sanga, 10) Olympics in 2004, 11) J. League Rookie of the Year in 2000

Makoto Hasebe:1) Jan. 18, 1984, 2) Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture, 3) 179 cm 72 kg, 4) VfL Wolfsburg, 5) Urawa Reds, 6) 28 caps 1 goal, 7) Feb. 11, 2006, vs. United States in a friendly, 8) Nov. 18, 2009, vs. Hong Kong in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) May 12, 2002 for Urawa Reds in a Nabisco Cup, 10) --, 11) J. League Best XI in 2004, won J. League in 2006, AFC Champions League in 2007 (with Urawa Reds), the Bundesliga in 2008-09 (with Wolfsburg)

Kengo Nakamura:1) Oct. 31, 1980, 2) Kodaira, Tokyo, 3) 175 cm 67 kg, 4) Kawasaki Frontale, 5) --, 6) 44 caps 5 goals, 7) Oct. 4, 2006 vs. Ghana in a friendly, 8) Oct. 11, 2006, vs. India in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) March 15, 2003, 10) Asian Cup in 2007, 11) J. League Best XI in 2006 to 2009

Yasuhito Endo:1) Jan. 28, 1980, 2) Kagoshima, 3) 178 cm 75 kg, 4) Gamba Osaka, 5) 12) Yokohama Flugels, Kyoto Purple Sanga, 6) 91 caps 8 goals, 7) Nov. 20, 2002, vs. Argentina in a friendly, 8) August 20, 2003, vs. Nigeria in a friendly, 9 ) March 21, 1998 for Yokohama Flugels, 10) World Cup in 2006, Asian Cup in 2004 & 2007, Olympics in 2000, World Youth Championship in 1999, 11) AFC Player of the Year in 2009, J. League Best XI from 2003 to 2009, AFC Champions League MVP in 2008, won J. League in 2005, AFC Champions League in 2008

Yuki Abe:1) Sept. 6, 1981, 2) Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, 3) 177 cm 77 kg, 4) Urawa Reds, 5) JEF United Ichihara, 6) 42 caps 3 goals, 7) Jan. 29, 2005, vs. Kazakhstan in a friendly, 8) Aug. 16, 2006, vs. Yemen in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) Aug. 5, 1998 for JFE United Ichihara, 10) Asian Cup in 2007, Olympics in 2004, 11) J. League Best XI in 2005 - 2007, won J. League in 2006 and AFC Champions League in 2007

Forwards

Notes: 1) Date of birth, 2) Birth place, 3) height & weight, 4) club, 5) former clubs, 6) caps and goals for Japan as of April 8, 2010, 7) Japan debut, 8) first goal for Japan, 9) professional debut, 10) major competitions involved, 11) honors

Shinji Okazaki:1) April 16, 1986, 2) Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, 3) 173 cm 70 kg, 4) Shimizu S-Pulse, 5) --, 6) 25 caps 16 goals, 7) Oct. 9, 2008, vs. UAE in a friendly, 8) Jan. 20, 2009, vs. Yemen in an Asian Cup qualifier, 9) Dec. 3, 2005, 10) Olympics in 2008, 11) J. League Best XI in 2009

Takayuki Morimoto:1) May 7, 1988, 2) Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, 3) 180 cm 76 kg, 4) Catania, 5) 3 caps 1 goal, 7) Oct. 10, 2009, vs. Scotland in a friendly, 8) Oct. 14, 2009, vs. Togo in a friendly, 9) March 13, 2004 for Tokyo Verdy, 10) Olympics in 2008, World Youth Championship in 2005, 11) J. League Rookie of the Year in 2004, 12) Tokyo Verdy

Yoshito Okubo:1) June 9, 1982, 2) Fukuoka, 3) 170 cm 73 kg, 4) Vissel Kobe, 5) Cerezo Osaka, Mallorca, Vissel Kobe, Wolfsburg, 6) 46 caps 5 goals, 7) May 31, 2003, vs. Korea Republic in a friendly, 8) Oct. 17, 2007, vs. Egypt in the Aflo-Asia Championship, 9)  March 17, 2001 for Cerezo Osaka, 10) Olympics in 2004, 11) --

Keiji Tamada:1) April 11, 1980, 2) Chiba, 3) 173 cm 67 kg, 4) Nagoya Grampus, 5) Kashiwa Reysol, 6) 67 caps 16 goals, 7) March 31, 2004, vs. Singapore in a World Cup qualifier, 8) April 25, 2004, vs. Hungary in a friendly, 9) March 13, 1999 for Kashiwa Reysol, 10) World Cup in 2006, Asian Cup in 2004, 11) --

Kisho Yano:1) April 5, 1984, 2) Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, 3) 185 cm 76 kg, 4) Albirex Niigata, 5) Kashiwa Reysol, 6) 17 caps 2 goals, 7) March 24, 2007, vs. Peru in a friendly, 8 ) Sept. 11, 2007, vs. Switzerland in a friendly, 9) March 22, 2003 for Kashiwa Reysol, 10) Asian Cup in 2007, U-17 World Championship in 2001, 11) --