Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Aug 2, 2015

Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Yuki Muto scored on his debut but holder Japan was sentenced to a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in its opening match at the East Asian Cup on Sunday night. Muto struck early in the first half but North Korea piled on the ...

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Jul 31, 2015

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic says his players are fatigued but determined to defend the East Asian Cup ahead of their opening match of the four-team tournament against North Korea on Sunday. Japan’s Europe-based stars are absent as the tournament falls outside of the official ...

Jul 30, 2015

Fujita, Rokutan added to Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Midfielder Naoyuki Fujita and goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan have been added to Japan’s East Asian Cup team, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Fujita, who plays for Sagan Tosu, and Rokutan of Vegalta Sendai will replace Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shuichi Gonda, respectively. Kashiwagi, who plays ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Jul 23, 2015

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami and Urawa Reds forward Shinzo Koroki to a 23-man squad and gave a handful of players their first call-ups for next month’s East Asian Cup. Koroki’s club teammates Yuki Muto and Yosuke ...

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Jul 28, 2013

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Yoichiro Kakitani completed a brace with a dramatic winner as Japan won its first East Asian Cup title by beating host South Korea 2-1 in Sunday’s tournament finale. The Cerezo Osaka striker broke the deadlock with his second goal in as many games in ...

Jul 24, 2013

Toyoda ready for physical match against Australia

New Japan forward Yohei Toyoda will welcome the physicality of Australia when Alberto Zaccheroni’s side take on the Socceroos in the East Asian Cup on Thursday. “Physical contact doesn’t faze me one bit,” Toyoda said on the eve of Japan’s second match in the ...

Zaccheroni casts wide net for East Asian Cup

Jul 15, 2013

Zaccheroni casts wide net for East Asian Cup

National team coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Monday handed first callups to in-form strikers Yoichiro Kakitani of Cerezo Osaka and Sagan Tosu’s Yohei Toyoda in naming a 23-man squad for the upcoming East Asian Cup in South Korea. Toyoda, who was part of Japan’s 2008 ...