The Best Soccer Players from Japan

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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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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Makoto Hasebe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Makoto Hasebe Defender, Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Takashi Usami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Takashi Usami Forward, Midfielder

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    Defender, Midfielder

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    Kengo Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kengo Nakamura Midfielder

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    Seiichiro Maki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Seiichiro Maki Forward

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    Kisho Yano is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kisho Yano Forward

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    Ryoichi Maeda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Ryoichi Maeda Forward

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    Takuya Takagi Forward

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    Kōji Morisaki is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kōji Morisaki Midfielder

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    Akira Narahashi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Akira Narahashi Defender

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    Kazuo Honma is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kazuo Honma Forward

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    Kazuhiro Murakami is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kazuhiro Murakami Midfielder

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    Kawanga

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    Defender, Midfielder

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    Akinori Nishizawa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Akinori Nishizawa Forward

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    Takashi Hirano is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Takashi Hirano Defender, Midfielder

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    Daisuke Sakata is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Daisuke Sakata Forward

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    Midfielder

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    Hideo Hashimoto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Hideo Hashimoto Midfielder

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    Kazunori Iio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Japan

    Kazunori Iio Forward

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    Midfielder

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