• Kyodo


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 of this past season but was limited to 11 league appearances, failing to score.

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