Defender Sakai aims to make impact in Uchida's absence

Jun 13, 2015

Defender Sakai aims to make impact in Uchida's absence

Japan defender Hiroki Sakai is determined to capitalize on the injury-enforced absence of Atsuto Uchida and also cement his place in the team at right-back at the expense of his namesake after a solid performance in Thursday’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying warm-up win over ...

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

Jun 8, 2015

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

As Japan’s weeklong training camp wrapped up in Chiba on Sunday, Maya Yoshida felt he had been pushed to the max by new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But the Southampton center back reckons he will reap the benefits and be in tip-top shape for next ...

Honda feels Japan's elite can learn from Blatter's 'manly spirit'

Jun 7, 2015

Honda feels Japan's elite can learn from Blatter's 'manly spirit'

Outspoken AC Milan attacker Keisuke Honda took a dig at Japan’s corporate elite on Friday and reckons they could learn from the “manly spirit” Sepp Blatter showed in resigning as the president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA earlier this week. Blatter on Tuesday ...

Jun 6, 2015

Free agent Kawashima confident of keeping place in Japan team

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is confident he can retain his place in the national team for the upcoming games against Iraq and Singapore, despite having hardly featured for Standard Liege in the second half of this past season. Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic has clearly ...

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

Jun 6, 2015

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to transfer his club form onto the international stage as Japan gets ready for the start of its World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. Kagawa endured a patchy start to his second stint with Dortmund after ...

Reysol book spot in Asian Champions League quarterfinals

May 26, 2015

Reysol book spot in Asian Champions League quarterfinals

Kashiwa Reysol advanced to the quarterfinals of the Asian Champions League despite a second-leg 2-1 defeat to South Korea’s Suwon Samsung FC on Tuesday night. Goals from North Korean striker Chong Tese and Ku Ja-ryong in each half put Suwon 2-0 up and in ...

Shonan earn point in stalemate with Kashiwa

May 14, 2015

Shonan earn point in stalemate with Kashiwa

Promoted Shonan Bellmare crept into the top half of the J-League table on Thursday night after earning a point in a 0-0 draw away to Kashiwa Reysol. Chances were few and far between in a scrappy game, but the result was enough to move ...

Kudo scores two goals to power Reysol's rout of Frontale

Apr 29, 2015

Kudo scores two goals to power Reysol's rout of Frontale

Masato Kudo bagged a brace and created another as Kashiwa Reysol came from a goal down to hammer Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 away in the J-League on Wednesday. Kawasaki took the lead against the run of play through Shogo Taniguchi, but Kosuke Taketomi leveled on ...

Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

Apr 22, 2015

Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

Kosuke Taketomi scored twice as Kashiwa Reysol became the first Japanese team to reach the last 16 of this year’s Asian Champions League with a 3-2 win at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night. Eduardo put Kashiwa in front early on, ...

Reds fall to Suwon as knockout phase aspirations vanish

Apr 21, 2015

Reds fall to Suwon as knockout phase aspirations vanish

Urawa Reds’ slim hopes of advancing to the knockout phase of the Asian Champions League ended on Tuesday night after the 2007 champions were beaten 2-1 at home to South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings. Needing a win to stand any chance of qualifying, Reds took ...