FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 JPN / Japan

 
Team manager KUWATA Haruhito
Coach SATO Gary
Assistant coach HUNT David
2nd assistant coach OTAKE Hideyuki
Doctor HASHIMOTO Yoshito
Physiotherapist YANO Hiroya
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Yuji SUZUKI YUJI 07.06.1986 189 80 350 330 Toray Arrows
  2   Yuhei TSUKAZAKI TSUKAZAKI 11.07.1986 192 74 332 315 JT Thunders
  L 3 Takeshi Nagano NAGANO 11.07.1985 176 69 315 300 Panasonic Panthers
  4   Shigeru Kondoh Kondo 23.11.1982 186 85 330 315 Toray Arrows
  5 Shun Imamura Imamura 20.07.1987 181 70 330 315 Sakai Blazers
  6   Yoshifumi SUZUKI YOSHIFUMI 31.03.1983 200 95 340 300 Suntory Sunbirds
  7 Masashi KURIYAMA KURIYAMA 14.07.1988 189 85 340 330 Suntory Sunbirds
  8   Kazuyoshi Yokota Yokota 01.05.1986 194 85 345 325 Sakai Blazers
  9 Takaaki TOMIMATSU TOMIMATSU 20.07.1984 192 85 350 330 Toray Arrows
  10   Dai TEZUKA TEZUKA 18.11.1988 191 90 345 320 F.C. Tokyo
  11 Yoshihiko Matsumoto Matsumoto 07.01.1981 193 80 340 330 Sakai Blazers
  C 12   Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 205 95 350 335 Suntory Sunbirds
  L 13 Ken Takahashi Takahashi 22.12.1988 180 73 310 300 Suntory Sunbirds
  14   Tatsuya Fukuzawa FUKUZAWA 01.07.1986 189 86 355 345 Panasonic Panthers
  15 Daisuke Yako YAKO 07.10.1988 194 89 335 325 JT Thunders
  16   Yusuke Ishijima Gottsu 09.01.1984 197 102 345 335 Sakai Blazers
  17 Yu Koshikawa KOSHIKAWA 30.06.1984 189 87 340 320 JT Thunders
  18   Yuta Yoneyama YONEYAMA 29.08.1984 185 85 340 320 Toray Arrows
  19 Shunsuke Chijiki CHIJIKI 06.09.1989 193 83 348 330 Sakai Blazers
  20   Yuta Matsuoka Matsuoka 06.11.1989 192 72 335 325 Sakai Blazers
  21 Takashi Dekita DEKITA 13.08.1991 199 90 350 330 Sakai Blazers
  22   Issei MAEDA MAEDA 22.09.1991 181 71 315 305 University of Tsukuba
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Although the Japan men’s national team did not qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, they have now  their sights set on the next edition of the Games taking place in Rio in 2016.  The 2013 World League is their first challenge on the road to Rio under the leadership of new head coach, Gary Sato.

This year’s team includes experienced players such as Yusuke Ishijima Tatsuya Fukuzawa, and Kunihiro Shimizu, as well as young players Shunsuke Chijiki and Takashi Dekita.


 
Coach profile

Recently appointed Gary Sato, born in California (US) on January 2, 1955, is the first foreign born coach to lead the Japan men’s national team. 

Prior to this post, Sato was assistant coach with the US men’s national team joining their staff in 1984.

In 1985, acting as head coach, Sato led the US team to first place in the World Cup. He was also on the coaching staff when the US team took first place in the 1986 World Championship, gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, third place at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, second place at the 2012 World League and finally, fifth place at the London Olympics.