The Asian powerhouse Japan is one team which has caught eyes of many after their fluid football at AFC U-16 Championship
The SportNTalks Continues our build up towards in U-17 World Cup India and Today we have Japan.
Japan qaulified for the U-17 world cup in India after an absence in the previous edition. The Samurai blue played exceptionally in AFC U-17 Championship until they faced eventual Champions Iraq.
The team showed a lot of promise in the tournament. In the group stage of the tournament, they did not even let one goal.
Except for the previous edition in Chili, Japan has been part of every U-17 world cup edition from 2007. The best performances came in 1993 Japan and 2011 Mexico where they made it to quarter finals.
The world cup is difficult to place especially for Asian teams, and performing so well there show why they are so dominating in Asia.
Road To U-17 World Cup India
Japan has been dominating right from their AFC U-16 qualifiers. They demolished Hong Kong (0-7Japan) and Magnolia (0-17 Japan).
In the Asian finals, They continued their domination, scoring goals for the fun. They scored 21 goals in 3 matches conceding none in the process in the group which had Australia. The Knockout was a bit difficult for them, they manage to win by just 1 goal against UAE and lost to Iraq in Semi Finals.
Player To Watch
One player who definitely has the brightest future is Takefusa Kubo. The 16-year-old wonder-kid have already played for Japanese U-20 team in the U-20 world cup. The forward is considered to be one of the brightest talents Japan has ever produced. He scored 4 goals in the AFC u-16 championship last year.
Kubo has earlier trained with Barcelona, and he is scouted by top European clubs. He at the tender age of 16 has already played professional football matches in Japan.
Hirota Yamada is another name which will be creating problems for defenders in the U-17 world cup. The Forward is playing for Japanese Giants Cerezo Osaka.