Jul 30, 2015

Fujita, Rokutan added to Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Midfielder Naoyuki Fujita and goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan have been added to Japan’s East Asian Cup team, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Fujita, who plays for Sagan Tosu, and Rokutan of Vegalta Sendai will replace Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shuichi Gonda, respectively. Kashiwagi, who plays ...

Jul 2, 2015

Injured Uchida to miss most of World Cup qualifying

Schalke is expecting Atsuto Uchida to miss the first half of the Bundesliga season according to Kicker magazine on Thursday, which would rule out the Japan defender for most of the second-round World Cup qualifiers. Uchida had surgery on his right knee this close ...

Halilhodzic warns Japan not to fall into Singapore 'trap'

Jun 15, 2015

Halilhodzic warns Japan not to fall into Singapore 'trap'

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his team not to take Singapore lightly in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier — or face the prospect of being embarrassed like France at the weekend. France was beaten 1-0 by Albania in a friendly on Saturday, a team ...

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

Jun 6, 2015

Kagawa hoping to take club form into Japan matches

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to transfer his club form onto the international stage as Japan gets ready for the start of its World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018. Kagawa endured a patchy start to his second stint with Dortmund after ...

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Jun 1, 2015

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Red-hot Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami was among 25 players named by manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly versus Iraq. Japan launches its World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to play Afghanistan in Iran, Syria in Oman

Japan will play its away 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the fall against Afghanistan in Iran and against Syria in Oman, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. The second-round qualifier versus Afghanistan will be on Sept. 8 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. ...

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

May 7, 2015

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo was among 28 J. League players called up for Japan’s training camp next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. The 32-year-old Okubo, the J. League’s top scorer the last two seasons, returned to the fold for the ...