A League for All Asia: How the J.League will be represented at the World Cup

A League for All Asia: How the J.League will be represented at the World Cup

The Meiji Yasuda J.League is going to be well-represented at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and not just on the Japan national team.

In addition to every player on the Samurai Blue having J.League ties, players in the Japanese football pyramid will also represent Australia and South Korea in Qatar.

Fagiano Okayama’s Mitchell Duke will suit up for the Socceroos, as he did all through qualifying. Duke scored eight goals in the Meiji Yasuda J2 League this season and has also scored eight goals for Australia.

Joining Duke in the Socceroos team is Albirex Niigata’s Thomas Deng. The defender, who captained Australia at last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, could be an asset for his national team at both center back and right back.

Australia will face off against defending champions France, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

Elsewhere, in Group H, Gamba Osaka’s Kwon Kyung-won is also on his way to Qatar as a member of the South Korea national team.

Kwon was named to the preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final squad, making this his tournament debut. He brings a cultured left foot to the center back spot for the Taegeuk Warriors and will help his country try to advance out of a group featuring Portugal, Ghana and Uruguay.

From Japan, to Australia, to South Korea, J.Leaguers are headed to Qatar for the world’s biggest sporting event as they try to give their countries a tournament to remember.