World Cup 2014: Japan – Key Players

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Keisuke Honda

Honda

Age

27

Club

AC Milan

Position

Midfield

Int. Caps

53

Int. Goals

20

 

Keisuke Honda is the undoubted talisman of the Japanese national team. The AC Milan star plays in a playmaker role for Japan and has been a key figure for his nation over the last couple of years.

A tricky player who tends to score lots of important goals, Honda is one of the most experienced players in the Japanese ranks after having played in Europe for quite a while now and he will certainly be key in Japan’s chances of making it out of their group.

Honda has endured bit of an indifferent season at club level but the 27-year old usually tends to perform well for his national team and in an attacking Japanese side, the AC Milan man will be the orchestrator running the show.

Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa8

Age

25

Club

Manchester United

Position

Midfield

Int. Caps

54

Int. Goals

16

 

Although Shinji Kagawa’s stock has taken a dip dramatically since his move to Manchester United two seasons ago, the midfielder seems to enjoy playing for Japan. Usually deployed on the left side of an exciting Japanese attacking trio consisting of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Okazaki, Kagawa is undoubtedly a key player for his national team.

The 25-year old has again endured a frustrating season with Manchester United but there is no doubting the fact that he is one of the best playmakers around in Europe and the manner at which the trio of Kagawa, Honda and Okazaki wreck havoc to opposition defences, Japan will surely be an exciting team to watch at the World Cup.

Atsuto Uchida

Uchida

Age

26

Club

Schalke

Position

Defender

Int. Caps

65

Int. Goals

1

 

Another one of Japan’s key players plying their trade in Europe, Atsuto Uchida has emerged as one of the finest defenders around during his spell with German giants Schalke.

The marauding full-back has gradually improved as a player since his move to Germany from Japanese side Kashima Antlers four years ago and now looks the complete package.

Solid in defence and dangerous going forward, Uchida offers a different dimension to Japan’s game and is crucial to manager Alberto Zaccheroni’s plans. In a leaky Japanese defence, Uchida’s experience will be vital if the Samurai Blues are to do well in Brazil.

World Cup Key Players –

Group A – BrazilCroatiaMexicoCameroon

Group B –  SpainNetherlandsChileAustralia

Group C – ColombiaGreeceIvory CoastJapan

Group D – UruguayCosta RicaEnglandItaly

Group E – SwitzerlandEcuadorFranceHonduras

Group F – ArgentinaBosnia & HerzegovinaIran,  Nigeria

Group G – GermanyPortugalGhanaUnited States

Group H – BelgiumAlgeriaRussiaSouth Korea

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