Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Oct 11, 2014

Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Shinji Kagawa will not travel to Singapore for Japan’s friendly against Brazil after showing symptoms of a concussion, the Japan Football Association said following Friday’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica. Kagawa was taken to the hospital where he was to undergo detailed tests. The team ...

Aguirre calls up Kagawa, Havenaar

Oct 1, 2014

Aguirre calls up Kagawa, Havenaar

Japan coach Javier Aguirre called up Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Cordoba striker Mike Havenaar as the Mexican named a 23-man squad for upcoming Asian Cup warmups against Jamaica and Brazil. Aguirre also selected three uncapped players — Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani and Yu ...

Aguirre demands commitment

Sep 27, 2014

Aguirre demands commitment

Japan coach Javier Aguirre has warned his Samurai Blue that there is no room for egos in his squad and says he would have no hesitation in leaving out players who are not fully committed to the cause as he builds toward the Asian ...

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Sep 8, 2014

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

by Gus Fielding

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success. Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, ...

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Gaku Shibasaki hopes he can take his first step onto the international stage Tuesday, hours after a fellow Aomori Yamada High School alumni tries to make sporting history with the world watching him — that being Kei Nishikori. In New York on Monday, Nishikori ...

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

Sep 6, 2014

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge. With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced ...

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

by Gus Fielding

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Jun 28, 2014

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

by Gus Fielding

Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach’s job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. ...