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Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Soccer Jan 14, 2019

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Japan booked a ticket to the knockout stage of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Group F opponent Oman, but the four-time champion was once again less than convincing. Relying on a first-half penalty from Genki ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...

Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Soccer Nov 7, 2018

Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday rewarded J. League players Yuma Suzuki and Ryosuke Yamanaka with their first call-ups to the senior national squad following strong club performances this season. The two were named in the 23-man squad to face Venezuela and Kyrgyzstan in ...

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Following Japan's impressive 4-3 friendly win over Uruguay, manager Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday lauded his new-look side for its seamless integration of overlapping generations of players. The victory Tuesday in Saitama was the third in three matches under the new boss and the first combining ...

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Takumi Minamino scored a brace, while Ritsu Doan netted his first international goal, as Japan's rising stars spearheaded a 4-3 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. In their third outing under manager Hajime Moriyasu, the Samurai Blue displayed an impressive attacking game as they outplayed ...

Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

Soccer Sep 11, 2018

Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

A new-look Japan side gave manager Hajime Moriyasu a winning start to his tenure on Tuesday night, beating Costa Rica 3-0 in an international friendly. Takumi Minamino and Junya Ito scored their maiden international goals in the second half at Panasonic Stadium Suita, ensuring a ...

Japan advances to final against South Korea

Soccer Aug 30, 2018

Japan advances to final against South Korea

Japan made it to the Asian Games men's soccer final for the first time since winning in 2010 with a 1-0 semifinal victory over United Arab Emirates on Wednesday night. In Sunday's final, Japan will play South Korea, after the defending champion beat Vietnam 3-1 ...

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

Soccer Jul 26, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

The Japan Football Association on Thursday asserted its days of reliance on foreign managers was over by naming Japan Olympic squad head coach Hajime Moriyasu to also manage the senior national team. The 49-year-old Moriyasu, who in October took over as head coach of the ...