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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aug 23, 2016

Kagawa sparks Dortmund romp in German Cup

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored twice as Borussia Dortmund eased into the second round of the German Cup with a 3-0 victory away to fourth-division Eintract Trier on Monday. Kagawa struck with just eight minutes gone before adding a second on the half hour, ...

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Jun 3, 2016

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Japan erupted for four first-half goals including a brace by Shinji Kagawa to slaughter Bulgaria 7-2 in the Kirin Cup on Friday. Japan’s other Shinji, Okazaki of Leicester City, needed only four minutes to open the scoring and move within one of 50 goals ...