Having qualified for the last five FIFA World Cups, when the first whistle blows at the Brazil 2014 finals you can expect the side known as the Samarai Blue to give it their all. Japan have proved themselves as a side not to be underestimated in recent years with sensational wins against the likes of France and World Champions Spain. Fans will also remember favourably the side - now featuring the talented likes of European stars Kagaway, Uchida and Otsu - going toe-to-toe with Italy in a thrilling 2013 Confederations Cup quarter final that ended 4-3. With a hugely gifted team at his disposal, manager Alberto Zaccheroni and his side will be aiming for success.