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List of the best soccer players from Japan. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Japan, along with photos when available. This list of best Japanese soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Japanese soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

The list you're viewing has a variety of players, like Ryuki Kozawa and Seigo Narazaki, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Japanese footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Japanese soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Japanese soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Keisuke Honda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Keisuke Honda Midfielder

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Shinji Kagawa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Kagawa Midfielder

3
+ - 112 34
Shunsuke Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shunsuke Nakamura Midfielder

4
+ - 125 44
Hidetoshi Nakata is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hidetoshi Nakata Midfielder

5
+ - 97 34
Shinji Okazaki is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Okazaki Forward, Midfielder

6
+ - 63 26
Makoto Hasebe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Makoto Hasebe Defender, Midfielder

7
+ - 49 24
Yasuhito Endō is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yasuhito Endō Midfielder

8
+ - 56 30
Atsuto Uchida is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Atsuto Uchida Defender

9
+ - 42 20
Shinji Ono is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Shinji Ono Midfielder

10
+ - 41 24
Yuto Nagatomo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuto Nagatomo Defender

11
+ - 34 20
Daisuke Matsui is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Daisuke Matsui Midfielder

12
+ - 26 14
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

13
+ - 32 21
Junichi Inamoto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Junichi Inamoto Midfielder

14
+ - 18 10
Kengo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kengo Nakamura Midfielder

15
+ - 19 12
Yuji Nakazawa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuji Nakazawa Defender

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+ - 25 18
Takashi Usami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takashi Usami Forward, Midfielder

17
+ - 25 20
Hajime Hosogai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hajime Hosogai Defender, Midfielder

18
+ - 13 8
Seiichiro Maki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Seiichiro Maki Forward

19
+ - 11 6
Ryoichi Maeda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Ryoichi Maeda Forward

20
+ - 11 6
Naoki Matsuda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Naoki Matsuda Defender

21
+ - 11 6
Kunishige Kamamoto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

22
+ - 10 5
Naohiro Ishikawa is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Naohiro Ishikawa Midfielder

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+ - 10 5
Naohiro Takahara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

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+ - 15 11
Yoshito Ōkubo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yoshito Ōkubo Forward

25
+ - 12 8
Kisho Yano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kisho Yano Forward

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+ - 11 7
Akira Kaji is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Akira Kaji Defender

27
+ - 11 7
Takuya Takagi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takuya Takagi Forward

28
+ - 8 4
Toshihiro Hattori is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Toshihiro Hattori Defender, Midfielder

29
+ - 8 4
Kōji Morisaki is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kōji Morisaki Midfielder

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+ - 8 4
Akira Narahashi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Akira Narahashi Defender

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+ - 7 3
Yūichi Komano is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yūichi Komano Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 7 3
Akinori Nishizawa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

33
+ - 7 3
Takashi Hirano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Takashi Hirano Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 7 3
Daiki Takamatsu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Daiki Takamatsu Forward

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+ - 21 18
Yuki Abe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yuki Abe Defender, Midfielder

36
+ - 15 12
Seigo Narazaki is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Seigo Narazaki Goalkeeper

37
+ - 10 7
Paris Nakajima-Farran is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

38
+ - 6 3
Kazuhiro Murakami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kazuhiro Murakami Midfielder

39
+ - 6 3
Kazuo Honma is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kazuo Honma Forward

40
+ - 16 14
An Young-Hak is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
An Young-Hak Midfielder

41
+ - 15 13
Hideo Hashimoto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Hideo Hashimoto Midfielder

42
+ - 14 12
Dido Havenaar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Dido Havenaar Goalkeeper

43
+ - 12 10
Akihiro Endō is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

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+ - 10 8
Ademir Santos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Ademir Santos Midfielder

45
+ - 10 8
Yasuyuki Konno is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Yasuyuki Konno Defender, Midfielder

46
+ - 9 7
Sōta Hirayama is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Sōta Hirayama Forward

47
+ - 7 5
Kawanga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kawanga

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+ - 6 4
Kazunori Iio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Kazunori Iio Forward

49
+ - 5 3
Daisuke Sakata is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Daisuke Sakata Forward

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+ - 14 13
Issey Nakajima-Farran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan
Issey Nakajima-Farran Forward, Midfielder