Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Oct 10, 2016

Okazaki declares himself fit to face Australia

Shinji Okazaki will play through the pain in his left ankle and has declared himself ready for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia. Okazaki missed training a day earlier with the injury he suffered in Thursday’s home win over Iraq, leading to the possibility ...

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

Oct 7, 2016

Halilhodzic toasts Japan after dramatic win over Iraq

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National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players “deserve two glasses of champagne” after Thursday’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup-qualifying win over Iraq, but warned they will have to sharpen up at set pieces before they take on Australia on Tuesday. Hotaru Yamaguchi scored a ...

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

May 25, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things ...

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

May 1, 2016

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored for the second game in a row and created another for Adrian Ramos inside the first 10 minutes as Borussia Dortmund destroyed Wolfsburg 5-1 on Saturday to keep its slim Bundesliga title hopes alive. With two games left, Dortmund ...

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 ...