FIFA World Cup 2022: Japan Most Promising Players

Five players stand out as being particularly important to Samurai Blue’s chances of succeeding in Qatar. Read to know more.

Japan will travel to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with hopes of making history by making it to the quarterfinals. Although the Samurai Blue have advanced to the Round of 16 three times and have qualified for their eighth straight World Cup, their supporters are expecting that Qatar will mark the moment when Japanese football makes history.

Japan was drawn into Group E, which is regarded as a “group of death,” making it difficult for them to advance to the knockout stage. But anything can happen at a FIFA World Cup, and there’s little doubt that Japan has a shot at shocking group favourites Spain and Germany.

Daichi Kamada


Position: Attacking midfielder 

Age: 26

When his Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt won the UEFA Europa League last season, Daichi Kamada experienced football acclaim for the first time in 42 years. However, the attacking midfielder’s road to the top has not always been easy.

Kaoru Mitoma 

Position: Midfielder/forward 

Age: 25

Kaoru Mitoma got his first taste of Premier League football in August when he made his debut for Brighton and Hove Albion after spending the previous season on loan at Union SG in Belgium. When Mitoma was playing for Belgium, his smooth dribbling abilities frequently astounded spectators, especially down the left flank.

Mitoma dominated the junior league from his first season on, and he hasn’t felt intimidated since moving to Europe. His wild runs have won him a growing fan base among the Seagulls faithful even though he has only had a few opportunities thus far at Brighton.

Takumi Minamino

Position: Forward

Age: 27

Shunsuke Nakamura and Shinji Kagawa are two former stars who wore the Samurai Blue No. 10 jersey and lit up football fields all over the world, making it a special place in Japanese football. With the infamous jersey now on his back, Takumi Minamino is expected to be the team’s go-to player.

Takefusa Kubo

Position: Attacking midfielder

Age: 21

Since his days as a young player for Barcelona, when he scored and assisted Ansu Fati on goals, Kubo has been regarded as one of Japan’s greatest hopes. This gifted young player will now make his mark on the biggest stage in football at the age of 21.

At the age of 18, Kubo, who made his junior League debut at the age of 16, returned to Spain, but he joined his old team Real Madrid instead of Barcelona, their bitter rivals. While he was on loan with various Spanish top-flight clubs, he made steady progress despite never having the opportunity to play in an official match while donning the fabled white shirt.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Position: Defender

Age: 23

Takehiro Tomiyasu, a defender who is currently in his second season with Arsenal, has shown he is capable of neutralizing the best strikers in the Premier League. Tomiyasu moved to Europe at the age of 19, and since then, he has seen success with the Belgian club Sint-Truiden, the Italian team Bologna, and most recently, the English club the Gunners.

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