Soccer Jan 5, 2019

Toulouse signs defender Gen Shoji

French Lige 1 club Toulouse said Friday it has signed Japan international Gen Shoji for an undisclosed sum until June 2022. The central defender who helped Japan reach the knockout stages of the 2018 World Cup joins Tolouse from J. League champion Kashima Antlers. According to ...

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 ...