Japan is probably the best team to come out of Asia. Japan had a disappointing showing at the 2006 World Cup and hopes to do better this time around. Japan did not qualify as well as many had expected, but they did it with two games to spare. The Japan team definitely has the potential to make it past the Group Stage.
Japan’s greatest strength has always been in their midfield players. The midfielders’ skills are definitely where the talent lies on the Japanese team.
The Japanese lack any really good strikers. The lack of a good front line leaves the Japan team looking back at the midfield for talent.
The only real striker on the team is Shinji Okazaki. Okazaki scored 15 goals this past year for the Japanese team. Another player to look out for is Yuji Nakazawa. Nakazawa is a great defensive player that can also act as an attacker when called upon. Out of the great midfield talent, the player to watch is Keisuke Honda. Honda is young, but he has agility and speed on his side.
To make it past the Group stage will be a challenge for the Japanese. The Japanese have a good chance of gaining some points against the Cameroon team. The game against Denmark should be a good fight as well. Beating the Netherlands will be a tall order, but is not totally out of the question. With some luck and hard work, Japan will be able to make it to the Knock Out stage.