Defender Gen Shoji joins Gamba Osaka after stint in France

Soccer / J. League Feb 4, 2020

Defender Gen Shoji joins Gamba Osaka after stint in France

Former Japan defender Gen Shoji is moving from French club Toulouse to Gamba Osaka, the J. League club announced Monday. Shoji, a Hyogo Prefecture native, played for Gamba's youth organization when he was in junior high school. The 27-year-old began his professional career with the Kashima ...

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 ...

Ueda delivers late heroics to lift Antlers past Gamba

Soccer / J. League Sep 23, 2017

Ueda delivers late heroics to lift Antlers past Gamba

Defender Naomichi Ueda scored a last-gasp winner as reigning champion Kashima Antlers edged Gamba Osaka 2-1 at home on Saturday to tighten their grip on top spot in the J. League first division. Leandro canceled out Hwang Ui-jo's early opener for Gamba and Ueda headed ...

Yoshida issues challenge to Shoji a day before Japan-Syria friendly

Soccer Jun 6, 2017

Yoshida issues challenge to Shoji a day before Japan-Syria friendly

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida urged Kashima Antlers' Gen Shoji to grab the moment and win a permanent place on the first team after Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic dropped Masato Morishige from his back four for June's internationals. Yoshida, who has deputized as captain for both ...