Samurai Blue head coach says Takuma Asano 'not someone who betrays'

Soccer May 5, 2021

Samurai Blue head coach says Takuma Asano 'not someone who betrays'

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu on Tuesday said Takuma Asano is "not someone who betrays people or his team" after the forward terminated his contract with Serbian club Partizan over alleged unpaid salary. Moriyasu managed the 26-year-old when they were together at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and was ...

Japan to face South Korea in first home game since pandemic began

Soccer Mar 10, 2021

Japan to face South Korea in first home game since pandemic began

Japan will play South Korea in a friendly in Yokohama on March 25, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday, in their first home game since the coronavirus pandemic began. The four-time Asian champion will take on their Korean neighbor at the 72,000-capacity Nissan Stadium, although ...

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu expects tough test against Mexico

Soccer Nov 17, 2020

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu expects tough test against Mexico

Japan's friendly against Mexico on Tuesday should give the Samurai Blue a clear picture of where they stand in the world, manager Hajime Moriyasu said. The squad began making final preparations Monday on the eve of the meeting with world No. 11 Mexico at Graz's ...

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Soccer Nov 14, 2020

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino scored a penalty as Japan secured a 1-0 win against Panama in a friendly at the Merkur Arena in Austria on Friday. Minamino started the match up front alongside Villareal forward Takefusa Kubo and opened the scoring in the 61st minute, ...