Japan - Odds to Win 2014 FIFA World Cup

Japan is not getting much hype for getting out of their group, but maybe they should be. First of all they are not in the toughest group and the team has already won the Asian Cup. Ivory Coast and Columbia are in the group and both clubs are attacking ones and the tactical Japan team may give them major headaches.

Japan finished first in Asian qualifying and they have many quality players. They have made it to the last 16 in two of the three last World Cup tournaments and it would be no shock if they did so again.

Japan Odds to win World Cup 2014: +15000
Japan Odds to win Group C: +500

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How They Advanced:

Japan finished first in Asian qualifying and while they did not play any top tier teams they were definitely the team to beat. They only conceded more than one goal in one match and that was in away match facing Jordan. In their 10 qualifying matches they only gave up four goals. Japan played to a couple of 1-1 draws against Australia, who is also playing this summer in Brazil.  

Early Prediction:

While Japan will give the offensive minded teams of Colombia and Ivory Coast fits the defensive Greek squad may be their toughest foe in group play. Japan is a technical team that controls the ball and that will be their strength in group play. Beating Colombia on their home continent is a tall order and it will not happen. However, they will beat the Ivory Coast and at least play to a draw against Greece.

Japan’s Group C is an pretty even one with no HUGE favorite and while it may come down to goal differential Japan will not make it to the last 16.  

Qualifying Results:

15/11/11 Korea DPR 1 – 0 Japan        
29/02/12 Japan 0 – 1 Uzbekistan        
03/06/12 Japan 3 – 0 Oman        
08/06/12 Japan 6 – 0 Jordan        
12/06/12 Australia 1 – 1 Japan        
11/09/12 Japan 1 – 0 Iraq        
14/11/12 Oman 1 – 2 Japan        
26/03/13 Jordan 2 – 1 Japan        
04/06/13 Japan 1 – 1 Australia        
11/06/13 Iraq 0 – 1 Japan

Japan Key Players

Shinji Kagawa FW Manchester United – The creative striker is a key player up front for Japan.
Makoto Hasebe MF CSKA Moscow – Gifted with the ball his ability to hold the possession is key.
Shinji Okazaki MF Mainz 05 – Attacking midfielder, who scored eight goals in the qualifying stage.

Past World Cup Results:

2010 Lost in round of 16 to Paraguay on penalties
2006 Did not advance out of group stage.
2002 Lost in round of 16 to Turkey 1-0

Japan World Cup Schedule:

14/06/14 Ivory Coast vs. Japan - Arena Pernambuco
19/06/14 Japan vs. Greece - Estadio das Dunas     
24/06/14 Japan vs. Colombia - Arena Pantanal     

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