Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong ...

Jul 8, 2016

New Milan boss ready to get acquainted with Honda

New AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella praised midfielder Keisuke Honda during his introductory news conference Thursday, saying he would get to know the “fantastic” Japan international while taking the helm of the Serie A club. “Honda is a fantastic player with well-defined characteristics,” Montella ...

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

Jun 9, 2016

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda said Thursday he wants to open a soccer school in Cambodia. Following a meeting with Gen. Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, Honda, 29, said he wanted to open a soccer school in the country, targeting young ...

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Jun 1, 2016

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Japan forward Keisuke Honda will miss Friday’s Kirin Cup game against Bulgaria with a left-knee injury and could also be out for the second match next week, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday. Halilhodzic made it clear he is not taking any risks with the ...

May 30, 2016

Honda skips training due to discomfort in left knee

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda was held out of Japan training on Monday for the Kirin Cup with discomfort in his left knee and is now day-to-day for the four-team tournament. The 25-man squad assembled in full for the first time on Monday for the ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale’s under-23 ...

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

Mar 29, 2016

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

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Japan finished top of its 2018 World Cup second-round qualifying group without conceding a single goal after beating closest challenger Syria 5-0 on Tuesday night. Japan, which had already booked its place in the 12-team final round heading into the game at Saitama Stadium, ...