Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

/ Mar 26, 2017

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

Shinji Kagawa may have returned to the starting lineup for Japan in Thursday’s win over the United Arab Emirates, but the Dortmund midfielder feels far from certain about his place in the first team. Following training on Sunday for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against ...

/ Mar 20, 2017

Kagawa confident Japan can cope without Hasebe

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa believes Japan has enough strength in depth to cover for Makoto Hasebe if the national team captain is forced, as expected, to sit out Thursday’s World Cup qualifier away to the United Arab Emirates. Hasebe arrived in the UAE ...

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Nov 10, 2016

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is an injury doubt for Japan’s World Cup qualifying warm-up against Oman in Kashima on Friday. Kagawa trained separately from the main group after arriving back in Japan and skipped Wednesday’s session because of a sore right ankle, although ...

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Aug 29, 2016

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to exorcise his demons and help Japan get off to a winning start in the final Asian round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when it faces the United Arab Emirates in Group B in Saitama on Thursday. ...

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Aug 28, 2016

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored for Mainz late on but Shinji Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 on Saturday to kick-start its new Bundesliga campaign. Muto, who scored seven goals last season before he was ruled out in February with a right-knee ligament injury, came ...

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong ...