The Colombia and Japan are slated to meet during the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament starting on June 14. The world tournament hosted by Russia would feature both teams belonging to Group H on Tuesday, June 19 at the Saransk stadium by 1 p.m.
Colombia is ranked 16th in the FIFA World Rankings, while Japan is ranked 60th best team in the world.
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Watch live streaming of this group “H” match in HD quality.Prediction about this match is that Colombia will face some trouble from the Asian team.
History about Japan and Colombia
Colombia known for their fight against the negative reputation that the country has since the mid of the 1980s have been playing international football competitions since 1938. They had their first official matches played during the 1938 Central American and Caribbean Games. They played their first game against Mexico on 10 February of that year. And in it, they were defeated in a 1-3 game.
On the other hand, the Japan national football team is said to gradually begin after Lieutenant-Commander Archibald L. Douglas arrived in Japan as the head of a Royal Navy mission. It was during that time that the instructor began to teach his cadets how to play football as a pastime. And officially, the Japan Football Association which is the body in charge of governing association football in Japan was founded in 1921.
The first major achievement that Japanies would record in international football is traceable to the Summer Olympics game organized in 1968 at Mexico City. It was there that they won their bronze medal.
Also called Selección de fútbol de Colombia in the Spanish language, the team is representing Colombia at international men’s football competitions. They are under the leadership of the Colombian Football Federation. Whereas, Japan national football team is the representative of Japan in association football, and is under the governance of the Japan Football Association (JFA).
Because of the production of coffee in their country, the Colombian team is nicknamed Los Cafeteros. And apart from being a member of FIFA, Colombia is also a member of the CONMEBOL.
As a result of the World War II, Japan became isolated from the rest of the world and until 1950, the football association could not rejoin FIFA. While the squad could not qualify at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers after their major achievement of 1968 Summer Olympics game, Japanies would not qualify for the FIFA Mega event until 30 years after.
The first professional match that Colombia would play was on 6 April during the South American Championship that took place in 1949. At the game, they played against Paraguay in a 3–0 defeat.
FIFA World Cup Appearances
Commonly known by the fans and media as Sakkā Nippon Daihyō, Japan is unarguably one of the most successful squad that Asia as a continent has produced. They have qualified so far for the FIFA World Cups in the last six consecutive times. And in the 2002 and 2010 tournaments, the team was able to advance to the second round.
The first appearance that Colombia would make at the FIFA Mega tournament was in 1962, although they entered for the World Cup qualifiers in 1958. After the ended up at the group stage, they never qualified again for the World Cup until 1990 where they could not go past the round of 16.
Apart from their qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, Colombia has made a total of five appearances out of the fifteen attempts that have been made so far.
Also, on the part of Japan, apart from their qualification for the 2018 World Cup, out of the fourteen attempts that the team has made, they only made it to five FIFA World Cup tournaments. The highest level they have entered so far is the round of sixteen which was in 2002 and 2010.
Continental Tournaments Appearances
Since their appearances at the AFC Asian Cup tournaments, Japan has made consecutive appearances until date. Out of eight appearances, they have won the cup on four different occasions which were in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011. Also, they finished in the fourth place once in 2007.
At the South American Championship / Copa Américatournaments, the Colombia national football team won the cup once in 2001. More so, since their first appearance in 1975, they have emerged as the runners-up once in 1975 and also took the third place on four different occasions which are in 1987, 1993, 1995 and 2016.
Honorary Titles and Major Accomplishments
Colombia won the FIFA World Cup Fair Play Award once in 2014, and at the Confederations Cup, they ended at the fourth Place in 2003. They have also been the runners-up of the CONCACAF Gold Cup once in 2000 and took the third place in 2005. And at the Central American and Caribbean Games, while they emerged as the winners in 1946, they took the third Place in 1938.
Japan is said to be the only team that would participate in the Copa América from outside the Americas. They got their invitations in 1999 as well as in 2011 to participate in the noble tournament.
At the international level, Japan won the Bronze Medal during the Olympic Games in 1968 and then emerged as the runners-up during the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2001. At the Continental level, they have emerged as the winners of the AFC Asian Cup four times which are in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011.
Also, they have gotten some individual awards like the Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize in 2002 and the AFC National Team of the Year five different times which are in 2000, 2005, 2008, 2010, and 2011.