Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

Soccer Dec 13, 2017

Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan's third-string players are forcing their way into World Cup contention with their performances at the E-1 Football Championship, according to manager Vahid Halilhodzic. "I think these players are serious candidates to play for the full-strength national team," Halilhodzic said after Japan beat China 2-1 ...

Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Soccer Dec 7, 2017

Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Kashima Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi has been called up to the men's national team for the upcoming E-1 Football Championship to replace Hiroshi Kiyotake, who has a concussion, Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Thursday. Cerezo Osaka midfielder Kiyotake, who was making his return to the ...