FIFA World Cup: Most successful Asian nation in FIFA World Cup history

Japan, with the historic win over Colombia, has emerged as the most successful Asian nation with the best success rate in the FIFA World Cup. The Blue Samurais are also the joint most successful Asian nation in the FIFA World Cup. The duel distinction is achieved as Japan became the only Asian nation to beat a South American team in the FIFA World Cup.

Japan’s match with Colombia on Tuesday will also go down the history of the FIFA World Cup 2018 as the first game to see a Red Card. The team from the Land of The Rising Sun will now be aiming for a knockout stage berth from Group H.

On Tuesday with the win over 10-man Colombia, Japan drew level with South Korea for the maximum five wins in the FIFA World Cup history. However, Japan inches ahead of South Korea not just on their success rate, but also on the better win-loss difference.

Till date, 11 Asian nations have participated in the most prestigious football event – the FIFA World Cup finals. While Japan at the top has left behind Korea in the success rate, China, UAE and Iraq are yet to win a single game from their three FIFA World Cup appearances apiece. Indonesia had been the losing side in their one odd FIFA World Cup game.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are the next most successful teams behind Japan and South Korea with two wins each to their credit. North Korea have registered one win from their seven FIFA World Cup outings, while Saudi Arabia had suffered their second loss on the 14th FIFA World Cup outing as they went down to hosts Russia in the 2018 tournament opener on June 15.