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Top 5 Performances by Asian Teams in a World Cup

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Modified 28 Mar 2014

The best teams in the World Cup have almost always been a South American team or a European team but a few Asian sides have also had their fair share of the limelight after upsetting the big boys. Here is a list of top 5 Asian sides in the World Cup’s history.

#5 Japan, 2010 World Cup

Japan, who have qualified for the World Cup 5 times, are the second successful Asian team in the competitions history. Japan, coached by Takeshi Okada, were one of the standout teams of the tournament and gave all their opponents a run for their money.

The oriental nation defeated Cameroon 1-0 and gave a tough fight to the Netherlands, who were the runners up in the competition but were eventually beaten 1-0. Japan came back in style with a 3-1 thrashing of Denmark but lost on 3-5 on penalties to Paraguay in the round of 16. Keisuke Honda was a key player for Japan and helped his country finished second in their group in the World Cup.

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Published 28 Mar 2014
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