|Japan have already
qualified for the next World Cup in 2002, as hosts with South Korea, but this is their
first time in the finals.
Japan missed the plane to US 94, due to a late Iraqi equaliser, which enabled South Korea to take their place.
Their professional league only started in 1993, yet they managed to lure Gary Linneker and a handful of Brazilians with a strong Yen; and plenty of it.
1 Nobuyuki KOJIMA (Bellmare Hiratsuuka)
4 Masami IHARA (Yokohama Marinos)
6 Motohiro YAMAGUCHI (Yokohama Flugels)
9 Masashi NAKAYAMA (Jubilo Iwata)
Coached by Takeshi OKADA
|Japan didn't get a point in their first World Cup finals, but Nakayama certainly raised a cheer in Tokyo when he volleyed home Japan's first World Cup finals goal, in their last game against Jamaica.|
(Japan Football Association)