FIVB - Volleyball World League

TEAM COMPOSITION


 JPN / Japan

 
Team manager ODA, Katsumi
Coach NAMBU, Masashi
Assistant coach SHIMBO, Koichiro
Doctor HASHIMOTO, Yoshito (Week.1,2,3&6)
Physiotherapist OGATA, Masaru
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Kunihiro Shimizu Shimizu 11.08.1986 192 97 345 335 Panasonic Panthers
  2   Shinji Takahashi S. Takahashi 16.07.1980 182 75 315 305 Jtekt Stings
  3 Kongoh Oh Oh 12.05.1984 197 81 340 330 Toray Arrows
  L 4   Koichiro Koga Koga 30.08.1984 171 75 310 300 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
  5 Shogo Toimoto Toimoto 25.06.1987 197 94 347 330 JT Thunders
  6   Shohei Uchiyama Uchiyama 01.11.1987 185 75 330 310 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
  C 7 Yu Koshikawa Koshikawa 30.06.1984 189 87 340 320 JT Thunders
  8   Ryusuke Tsubakiyama Tsubakiyama 18.07.1988 197 103 345 330 Suntory Sunbirds
  9 Dai Tezuka Tezuka 18.11.1988 191 90 345 320 FC Tokyo
  10   Shunsuke Chijiki Chijiki 06.09.1989 193 83 348 330 Sakai Blazers
  11 Hideoki Eto Eto 27.12.1989 198 92 340 315 FC Tokyo
  12   Naoya Shiraiwa Shiraiwa 15.02.1990 190 84 328 310 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
  13 Hideomi Fukatsu Fukatsu 01.06.1990 180 70 330 305 Panasonic Panthers
  14   Sogo Watanabe Watanabe 21.07.1990 196 83 335 320 Panasonic Panthers
  15 Tatsuya Fukuzawa Fukuzawa 01.07.1986 189 86 355 345 Panasonic Panthers
  16   Takashi Dekita Dekita 13.08.1991 199 90 350 330 Sakai Blazers
  L 17 Takeshi Nagano Nagano 11.07.1985 176 69 315 300 Panasonic Panthers
  18   Yuta Yoneyama Yuta 29.08.1984 185 85 340 320 Toray Arrows
  19 Yamato Fushimi Fushimi 24.12.1991 207 118 340 325 Toray Arrows
  L 20   Satoshi Ide Ide 16.01.1992 174 70 305 300 Toray Arrows
  21 Akihiro Yamauchi Yamauchi 30.11.1993 204 72 348 328 Aichi Gakuin University
  22   Kentaro Takahashi K. Takahashi 08.02.1995 200 93 345 330 University of Tsukuba
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Japan will compete in their 21st World League competition in 2014. Their best performance was their sixth-place finish in 2008, which matched their previous best of 1993 and 1990. They failed to reach the 2014 World Championship, the first edition they will not compete in since 1960. Japan now seek renewed impetus, however, under the direction of Masashi Nambu, who was appointed in February 2014 with dual missions “to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, but we also have to bring up young players when looking at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo”.

Japan have a long and successful history. Volleyball was established in Japan in 1927, and they joined the FIVB in 1951. Japan have long been one of the strongest sides in Asia, winning the continental crown seven times. They took part in the World Championship for the first time in 1960, kick-starting two decades of success. They won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games and silver at Mexico 1968 before taking gold at Munich 1972. But the subsequent decades have proved less fruitful and they missed three successive Olympic Games before returning to the stage at Beijing 2008, where they failed to win a match.

Coach profile

Masashi Nambu is a three-time winner of Japan’s manager of the year award. As head coach of the Matsushita Panasonic Panthers he won three league titles, three Emperor’s Cups and four Kurowashiki All-Japan tournaments between 2007 and 2013. The Panthers placed fifth at the 2013 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship with Nambu at the reins. He was appointed head coach of Japan in 2014 with a long-term brief to make the former volleyball heavyweight one of the top teams in the world once more. He is taking aim at qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while developing young players for Tokyo 2020. Nambu is also targeting a gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.