FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

TEAM COMPOSITION

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager TORIBA Kenji
Head coach UETA Tatsuya
Assistant coach NAKAGAICHI Yuichi, MOROKUMA Naoki
Doctor HAYASHI Mitsutoshi
Therapist / trainer KANNO Satoshi
Journalist WATANABE Keitaro
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Daisuke SAKAI SAKAI 22.10.1981 180 75 320 305
  2   Yuta ABE ABE 08.08.1981 191 85 342 320
  L 3 Takeshi Nagano NAGANO 11.07.1985 176 69 315 300
  4   Shigeru Kondoh Kondo 23.11.1982 186 85 330 315
  C 5 Daisuke USAMI USAMI 29.03.1979 184 88 320 310
  6   Yoshifumi SUZUKI YOSHIFUMI 31.03.1983 200 95 340 300
  7 Takahiro YAMAMOTO YAMAMOTO 12.07.1978 201 98 345 335
  8   Yuya AGEBA AGEBA 30.09.1983 191 70 350 330
  9 Takaaki TOMIMATSU TOMIMATSU 20.07.1984 192 85 350 330
  10   Osamu TANABE TANABE 10.04.1979 181 73 330 300
  11 Yoshihiko Matsumoto Matsumoto 07.01.1981 193 80 340 330
  12   Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 205 95 350 335
  13 Kunihiro Shimizu SHIMIZU 11.08.1986 192 97 340 320
  14   Tatsuya Fukuzawa FUKUZAWA 01.07.1986 189 86 355 345
  15 Daisuke Yako YAKO 07.10.1988 194 89 335 325
  16   Yusuke Ishijima Gottsu 09.01.1984 197 102 345 335
  17 Yuji SUZUKI YUJI 07.06.1986 189 80 350 330
  18   Yuta Yoneyama YUTA 29.08.1984 185 85 340 320
  19 Akira KOSHIYA KOSHIYA 12.06.1979 185 78 345 330
  20   Ayumu SHINODA SHINODA 14.12.1979 194 88 345 315
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

In the past 18 months, Japan have been boosted by the return of Daisuke Usami, the team’s experienced setter and captain who missed almost a year because of an ankle injury. He came back following the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship just in time to compete at the Guangzhou Asian Games in November 2010. His inspiration led the team to gold after beating Korea in the semifinals and Iran in the final.
   
In 2011 Tatsuya Ueta's team had to play all 12 of their FIVB World League matches away from home due to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan's eventual record was not encouraging, with their sole win coming against Germany in a group that also featured Bulgaria and Russia. A couple of weeks ahead of the Asian Championship in September, they lost their most effective outside spiker, Kunihiro Shimizu, who damaged knee ligaments. With their confidence dented, they lost in the quarterfinals, having been beaten by India, Iran and Korea.

Ueta has to work on reinvigorating his squad after a disappointing 10th-place finish at last year's World Cup in front of their home fans.
Coach profile

Tatsuya Ueta became Japan coach in 2004, immediately after the squad failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. A player for Nippon Steel Blazers in 1987 he went on to represent Japan from 1989 to 1993 before going into coaching in 1995. He became coach of the junior national team in 2001. His best result with the senior side is a bronze medal at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup however more recently he suffered three tough campaigns at the FIVB World Championship 2010 in Italy, the 2011 World League and last year's World Cup.