Japan_men's_national_volleyball_team

Japan men's national volleyball team

The Japan men's national volleyball team is the volleyball national team of Japan. The Asian squad started to play an important role in international competitions in the 1960s, scoring a eighth place at their inaugural World Championship in Brazil in 1960. Japanese Volleyball was in ascendance at that time and the national team went on to place fifth at the next two World Championships in the Soviet Union (1962) and Czechoslovakia (1966).

Japan joined the world elite at the beginning of the next decade, winning the bronze twice at the World Championships in Bulgaria (1970) and Mexico (1974). The then mighty Japan also played a leading role at Olympic tournaments, reaching the podium three times in a row, winning the bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the silver four years later in Mexico and finally triumphing in Munich (1972). The 1984 World Championship in Argentina also saw Japan ending up in fourth place. The country has been waiting for a big success since then.

Results

World Cup


World League

  • 1990 — 5th place
  • 1991 — 7th place
  • 1992 — 10th place
  • 1993 — 5th place
  • 1994 — 7th place
  • 1995 — 8th place
  • 1996 — 9th place
  • 1997 — 12th place
  • 1998 — did not compete
  • 1999 — did not compete
  • 2000 — did not compete
  • 2001 — 9th place
  • 2002 — 13th place
  • 2003 — 13th place
  • 2004 — 10th place
  • 2005 — 10th place
  • 2006 — 13th place
  • 2007 — 13th place
  • 2008 — 6th place

World Grand Champions Cup

Asian Games

Squads





Current team

Team Manager: Hideo Hagiwara
Head coach: Tatsuya Ueta
Assistant Coach: Yoshito Kubo
Trainer: Hideyuki Otake

# Name Birthdate Age
(2007)
Club
1 Nobuharu Saito 1973 34 Toray Arrows
2 Hiroaki Kawaura 1975 32 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
3 Shinya Chiba 1977 30 Osaka Blazers Sakai
4 Shunichi Shimano 1981 26 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
5 Hiroyuki Kai 1978 29 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
6 Ryuji Naohiro 1978 29 JT Thunders
7 Takahiro Yamamoto 1978 29 Panasonic Panthers
8 Yusuke Imada 1981 26 Toray Arrows
9 Takaaki Tomimatsu 1984 23 Toray Arrows
10 Osamu Tanabe 1979 28 Toray Arrows
11 Yoshihiko Matsumoto 1981 26 NEC Blue Rockets
12 Kota Yamamura 1980 27 Suntory Sunbirds
13 Yuta Abe 1981 26 Toray Arrows
14 Ryu Morishige 1980 27 Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza
15 Katsutoshi Tsumagari 1975 32 Suntory Sunbirds
16 Yusuke Ishijima 1984 23 Osaka Blazers Sakai
17 Yu Koshikawa 1984 23 Suntory Sunbirds
18 Kosuke Tomonaga 1980 27 Osaka Blazers Sakai
19 Kunihiro Shimizu 1986 21 Tokai University VBC

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