About us

FOOTPICKS is an online media outlet for football fans interested in Japanese football.

Over the past three decades, Japanese football has made remarkable progress: the national team made its first appearance at the 1998 World Cup, reached the last 16 for the first time in 2002 at the World Cup co-hosted by its own country, in 1994 Kazuyoshi Miura moved to Genoa as a loanee, becoming the first East Asian player in the history of Italian Serie A, and in 1998 Hidetoshi Nakata transferred to Perugia and played major role in the side.

Since then, many Japanese players have played for major European clubs and some of them even won big titles. In recent years, countless Japanese players have joined European clubs, some of whom are regarded as top players, such as Kaoru Mitoma, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Daichi Kamada, and Takefusa Kubo. They have also made a name for themselves as part of Japan national team which beat Germany and Spain at the 2022 World Cup.

With this situation, we feel that interest in Japanese football continues to grow all over the world. Having been involved in football media for many years as professionals, our all-Japanese staff provide news, information, stories, trivia, and cultural interests about Japanese football from this country to the world in a sincere manner.

We would be more than happy if our readers enjoy it.