FINALS / QUALIFYING CAMPAIGNS
FIRST FWC: 1998 LAST FWC: 2014
BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Round of 16 2002, 2010
The extent of Nishino’s FIFA World Cup experience extends to playing in four World Cup qualifiers for Japan in 1977. However, the veteran coach does have experience of managing at FIFA tournaments, taking charge of his country at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Atlanta 1996 and guiding Gamba Osaka to the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals in 2008.
A cultured and stylish centre-back, Yoshida has been one of the cornerstones of Japan’s team over two FIFA World Cup campaigns. Captain of Japan’s 2012 Olympic Games team, the Southampton-based Yoshida is a handy asset at set-pieces, contributing his share of goals.
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