/ Jun 28, 2017

Netherlands-bound Doan targets World Cup spot

Up-and-coming midfielder Ritsu Doan had the 2018 Russia World Cup on his mind as he left for Europe on Wednesday to join Dutch first-division side FC Groningen on loan from Gamba Osaka.“I want to go to Russia. I am going to make a killer ...

/ Jun 12, 2017

Yamaguchi in doubt for World Cup qualifier

Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi remains doubtful for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq due to a lower right leg injury.In searing heat topping 35 degrees C in the Iranian capital, Yamaguchi on Sunday continued to train apart from the team with persistent pain in ...

/ Jun 5, 2017

Usami added to Japan squad for Syria friendly

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will call up Augsburg forward Takashi Usami for this week’s friendly against Syria, the Japan Football Association said Monday.The former Gamba Osaka man, who had loan spells at Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim between 2011 and 2013, returned to Germany ahead ...

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

May 28, 2017

Doan double sends Japan through at Under-20 World Cup

Ritsu Doan’s brace erased a two-goal deficit as Japan reached the knockout phase of the Under-20 World Cup with a 2-2 Group D draw to Italy on Saturday.Italy went up by two after just seven minutes behind goals from Riccardo Orsolini and Giuseppe Panico, ...

May 24, 2017

Kubo delighted with Gent contribution

Japan striker Yuya Kubo returned home on Wednesday pleased with his goal-scoring exploits over the second half of the season at Belgium first-division club Gent.Kubo bagged 11 goals for Gent after joining the Jupiler League side from Swiss club Young Boys in January, raising ...

Apr 9, 2017

Havenaar continues hot streak

In-form Mike Havenaar got his fourth goal in as many games on Saturday as Den Haag held off Groningen 4-3 in the Dutch top flight.The 194-cm striker made it 3-0 for the home side in the 23rd minute, a downward header at the far ...