The Samurai Blue plays for a nation obsessed with soccer. They innovate and achieve big results across the Asian Football Confederation and worldwide. Japan is a traditional regional power that’s proudly qualified for every FIFA World Cup since 1998. They advanced to the Knockout Round in 2002 as hosts and in 2010 in South Africa. Bosnian boss Vahid Halilhodzic has steered the Japanese National Team since 2015 and mixes players from Europe’s top leagues — Shinji Kagawa, Shinji Okazaki, Maya Yoshida and Yuto Nagatomo — with stars from the domestic J-League. Outfitted, Japan lines up in home jerseys inspired by traditional samurai armor.