Japan at the Danone Nations Cup
Japan has taken part in the Danone Nations Cup since 2001. Winner of the cup in 2014, the Japanese team have also won many titles several times : best scorer, best goalkeeper, Fairplay trophy.
The Japanese and football
The Japanese took part in their first tournament in 1917. It was not until the Olympic Games in 1964 which saw football become popular in Japan. Nowadays, football is a sport liked by the young generations. Patriots at heart, the Japanese know how to encourage their teams in all competitions. The Japanese fans are also known for being responsible supporters.
The Japanese ambassador : Masakiyo Maezono
Masakiyo Maezono has supported the Japanese teams as an ambassador at the Danone Nations Cup since 2018. This former international player is now a sporting commentator and the founder of a football school. After his retirement, Masakiyo Maezono has proven that football is a life-long industry. His exemplary career shows young Japanese people that sporting values can take you to the highest level.