Japan to face New Zealand in October friendly

Soccer / World Cup Sep 6, 2017

Japan to face New Zealand in October friendly

Japan will play New Zealand in one of two October friendlies as the Blue Samurai build toward next year's World Cup finals in Russia, the Japan Football Association said Wednesday. Vahid Halilhodzic's men will play New Zealand in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, on Oct. 6, before ...

Ideguchi vows to keep improving

Soccer / World Cup Sep 4, 2017

Ideguchi vows to keep improving

by Gus Fielding

Man of the moment Yosuke Ideguchi is refusing to get carried away by his heroics against Australia, but hopes to get another chance to shine by retaining his place in the starting lineup for Japan's final World Cup qualifier away to Saudi Arabia on ...

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Soccer / World Cup Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan's shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out his ...

Soccer / World Cup Aug 30, 2016

Muto ready to make mark for Japan

Buoyed by a goal for Mainz on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season, striker Yoshinori Muto is ready to make his mark for Japan when the four-time Asian champion takes on the United Arab Emirates in Saitama on Thursday in its Group B ...

Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Soccer / World Cup Aug 30, 2016

Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida says Japan must treat the United Arab Emirates "like Brazil" in its final-round World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Thursday and has warned the Blue Samurai that they cannot afford a repeat of the start they made against UAE in ...

Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Soccer Aug 3, 2016

Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Yuya Kubo is out and Musashi Suzuki is in and with that, the makeup of Makoto Teguramori's Japan for the Rio Olympics is finally set. But is the team ready? That remains to be seen based on Saturday's schooling at the hands of Brazil, but Japan, ...

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Soccer Jan 31, 2016

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Substitute Takuma Asano struck twice in the second half as Japan came back from two goals down to beat archrival South Korea 3-2 to win the Asian Under-23 Championship on Saturday. It looked gloomy for Japan after Kwon Chang-hoon opened the scoring in the 20th ...

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Soccer / World Cup Jan 3, 2016

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Japan may be perched at the top of its second-round group in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but coach Vahid Halilhodzic has branded his team a "third-division" outfit and says he fears for the future of the J. League. In an end-of-year interview, ...

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Soccer / World Cup Nov 12, 2015

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Mu Kanazaki marked his return from the international wilderness with his first national team goal as Japan whipped Singapore 3-0 on Thursday in a second-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Kanazaki opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a fine effort and Keisuke ...

Halilhodzic out for 'revenge' against Singapore

Soccer / World Cup Nov 11, 2015

Halilhodzic out for 'revenge' against Singapore

Vahid Halilhodzic will be looking for some attacking spark when revenge-minded Japan faces Singapore away on Thursday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in the Asian second-round Group E. Halilhodzic's men were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw in their opening match at home against ...