Apr 26, 2016

Japan U-23 squad to face South Africa in June friendly

Japan’s under-23 national side will face potential Olympic opponent South Africa in a June 29 friendly in Nagano Prefecture, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The game at Matsumotodaira Park Stadium will be Japan’s last on home soil before the Rio de Janeiro Games. ...

Apr 15, 2016

Japan handed tough Olympic assignment

Japan was drawn with Sweden, Nigeria and Colombia in Group B for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament on Thursday. Japan’s first game will be against Nigeria on Aug. 4, in Manaus, where the team will also play Colombia three days later. Makoto Teguramori’s side ...

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

Apr 11, 2016

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

In the wake of bans handed to badminton players over casino gambling, Japan’s Olympic soccer coach said Monday he will warn his players of the dangers facing them. Speaking at the Japan Under-23 training camp in Shizuoka Prefecture, Makoto Teguramori said that the potential ...

Teguramori calls up Van Wermeskerken for Olympic warmup tour

Mar 14, 2016

Teguramori calls up Van Wermeskerken for Olympic warmup tour

Versatile Dutch-based defender Sai van Wermeskerken was among 22 named to Japan’s under-23 national side for its tour of Portugal starting next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Van Wermeskerken, born to a Dutch father and Japanese mother, received his first call-up ...

Japan's Olympic soccer team to hold camp in Rio

Feb 10, 2016

Japan's Olympic soccer team to hold camp in Rio

Japan’s men’s soccer team will head to Brazil in late July and hold a camp ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said Wednesday. The team will arrive early to acclimatize themselves to the weather ...

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Jan 31, 2016

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Substitute Takuma Asano struck twice in the second half as Japan came back from two goals down to beat archrival South Korea 3-2 to win the Asian Under-23 Championship on Saturday. It looked gloomy for Japan after Kwon Chang-hoon opened the scoring in the ...

Japan U-23s seek to avenge loss to South Korea

Jan 29, 2016

Japan U-23s seek to avenge loss to South Korea

Japan’s Under-23 side have already clinched their place in this summer’s Olympics, but work remains for manager Makoto Teguramori as he prepares his team for the Asian Under-23 Championship final against South Korea on Saturday. “To become No.1 by getting even with the teams ...

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Jan 23, 2016

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Shoya Nakajima scored twice in extra time to keep Japan on course for a place at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a 3-0 win over Iran in the quarterfinals of the Asian Under-23 Championship on Friday. On as a late replacement for ...

Dec 4, 2014

U-23 Asian Championship draw held

Japan has been drawn in Group I with Malaysia, Vietnam and Macao for the preliminaries of the Under-23 Asian Championship, which doubles as qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The draw for the 10 groups, A to J, was held at the ...

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

| Sep 13, 2014

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four ...

Oct 10, 2013

Teguramori named Japan U-21 national team coach

The Japan Football Association decided at its executive board meeting Thursday to hand Vegalta Sendai manager Makoto Teguramori the task of guiding the men’s Under-21 national team to a place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 45-year-old Teguramori, who will leave ...