Okazaki's goal helps keep Leicester in first place

Dec 20, 2015

Okazaki's goal helps keep Leicester in first place

Japan’s Shinji Okazaki won a penalty and scored the winner in Leicester’s 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday, making sure the Foxes head into Christmas at the top of the English Premier League table. “I had the desire to score today and am relieved ...

Oct 31, 2015

Hasebe helps halt Bayern's 10-game perfect run

Japan captain and midfielder Makoto Hasebe helped Eintracht Frankfurt end Bayern Munich’s season-opening winning streak at 10 games after his team held the defending champions to a scoreless draw on Friday in the Bundesliga. “It’s positive we’ve managed to keep a clean sheet. Everyone ...

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Oct 9, 2015

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Keisuke Honda has issued Japan with a must-do-better report despite a 3-0 win over Syria in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier in neutral Oman on Thursday night. Japan struggled to break down Syria in the first half, but Honda put his team ahead ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

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Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Jun 15, 2014

Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire

Shinji Kagawa and his Japan teammates feel like they’ve been bitten hard by reality — the reality that they’ve made little progress from four years ago in South Africa. “I’ve been preparing for this and if this is the result, this says a lot ...

Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

Jun 4, 2014

Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

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Japan captain Makoto Hasebe on Tuesday warned his teammates not to take their positions for granted and said he welcomed the heated competition for places in the team ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil. “The competition for places will continue,” said Hasebe, ...

Apr 27, 2014

Hasebe improving but unsure over return

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is making progress on the road to recovery from knee surgery but said Saturday he could not put a time frame on his return to action. Back with his teammates at relegation-haunted Bundesliga side Nuremberg after rehabilitating in Japan, Hasebe ...

Veteran midfielder Hasege awaits second knee surgery

Feb 28, 2014

Veteran midfielder Hasege awaits second knee surgery

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe is to undergo a second right knee operation as the Nuremberg midfielder continues his battle to be fit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup. The 30-year-old, who has won 70 caps for Japan, was operated on in January following a ...

Sep 2, 2013

Japan captain Hasebe signs with Nuremberg

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has put pen to paper on a three-year deal and joined Nuremberg from Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg, Nuremberg announced Monday. The 29-year-old Hasebe signed after completing a medical and now heads back to Japan for the national team’s friendlies against Guatemala in ...