Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Nov 14, 2016

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Having marked his international return in style with a brace against Oman, Cologne striker Yuya Osako is champing at the bit and said Monday he is ready to take risks if he is picked to play in Tuesday’s crucial final-round World Cup qualifier against ...

New boy Ideguchi looking to make impact for Japan

Nov 6, 2016

New boy Ideguchi looking to make impact for Japan

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Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi is hoping to vindicate Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s handing him his first crack at the national team for Friday’s friendly against Oman and a crunch World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia next week in Saitama. The Rio Olympian was ...

Seventh time lucky as Japan wins Asian Under-19 title

Oct 31, 2016

Seventh time lucky as Japan wins Asian Under-19 title

Japan was crowned Under-19 Asian champion for the first time on Sunday, beating Saudi Arabia 5-3 on penalties after 120 minutes failed to separate the sides in a 0-0 draw in the final at the Bahrain National Stadium. Koki Ogawa was Japan’s hero, scoring ...

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 ...

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Oct 10, 2016

Postecoglou tips Cahill to inflict more misery on Japan

Australia is poised to unleash its Japan specialist Tim Cahill on the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, when the two Asian giants clash in a highly charged World Cup qualifier at the Etihad Stadium. The 36-year-old Cahill has tormented Japan over the years since the ...

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 ...