Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Jul 7, 2014

Kakitani leaves Cerezo for Basel

Japan and Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani will move to Swiss club Basel on July 16, his J. League first-division club announced Monday. “I thought this through carefully, while dealing with bad memories of the World Cup, and I have decided to challenge myself ...

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 ...

Aug 13, 2013

Kakitani aims for piece of history against Uruguay

by Gus Fielding

Rising star Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani is relishing the prospect of making Japanese soccer history in Wednesday’s friendly with South American champion Uruguay. Kakitani earned his first call-up last month and responded by scoring three goals in two games at the East Asian ...

Kakitani lifts Cerezo over Ardija

Aug 10, 2013

Kakitani lifts Cerezo over Ardija

Yoichiro Kakitani celebrated his Japan call-up in style by scoring a first-half brace and creating a third in Cerezo Osaka’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Omiya Ardija on Saturday. In one of the hottest parts of the country on the hottest day of the year, ...

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Jul 28, 2013

Kakitani double gives Japan first East Asian Cup title

Yoichiro Kakitani completed a brace with a dramatic winner as Japan won its first East Asian Cup title by beating host South Korea 2-1 in Sunday’s tournament finale. The Cerezo Osaka striker broke the deadlock with his second goal in as many games in ...