Japan's Olympic team falls against England

May 28, 2016

Japan's Olympic team falls against England

Japan’s already eliminated Under-23s finished the Toulon Tournament on a losing note Friday after going down 1-0 against England’s U-21s in their final Group B game. Chelsea’s Lewis Baker put England in front from the penalty spot on 15 minutes after Hiromu Mitsumaru brought ...

May 26, 2016

Japan ousted at Toulon Tournament

Japan’s Rio Olympic Under-23s’ elimination at the Toulon Tournament was sealed on Wednesday, despite a 2-1 win over Guinea in Group B. First-half goals from Cayman Togashi and Takumi Minamino secured Japan its first three points of the tournament, but it was too little, ...

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

May 22, 2016

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

Japan’s Rio Olympic-bound Under-23s got off to a losing start at the Toulon International Tournament on Saturday, Makoto Teguramori’s men going down 2-1 to Paraguay in Group B. Paraguay, which has brought its Under-21 squad to Toulon and has not qualified for Rio, capitalized ...

May 6, 2016

Striker Asano named to Japan Under-23 squad for friendly against Ghana

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano returned to the team as Japan Under-23 coach Makoto Teguramori on Friday named his squad for next Wednesday’s home friendly against Ghana’s senior national team in quake-hit Kyushu. Versatile Dutch-based defender Sai van Wermeskerken and Kashiwa Reysol midfielder Junya ...

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 ...