Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

Mar 19, 2015

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic called up Kensuke Nagai and Takashi Usami, but appeared to bring the curtain down on record cap-holder Yasuhito Endo’s Japan career as he named his first squad on Thursday. Bosnian Halilhodzic, who arrived in Japan last Friday to ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

Dec 31, 2014

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

by Gus Fielding

He turns 35 in January, but Yasuhito Endo, Japan’s most-capped player, says he has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal as he enters his 13th year with the senior national team. Endo has enjoyed an outstanding 2014 season and was deservedly ...

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Dec 9, 2014

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Gamba Osaka captain Yasuhito Endo was named the 2014 J. League Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Japan midfielder helped engineer the biggest turnaround in league history, Gamba erasing a 14-point deficit to finish one point ahead of Urawa Reds to capture ...

Japan storms by Costa Rica

Jun 3, 2014

Japan storms by Costa Rica

Manchester United striker Shinji Kagawa scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute Monday night as Japan rallied to defeat Costa Rica 3-1 in a World Cup warmup friendly. Kagawa stumbled as the ball came to him in the heart of the penalty area ...

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

Sep 10, 2013

Three second-half goals carry Japan past Ghana

by Andrew Mckirdy

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa sparked a second-half fightback as Japan came from a goal behind to beat Ghana 3-1 in a friendly on Tuesday night. Frank Acheampong sent the West Africans into halftime with a shock lead at Nissan Stadium after opening the ...