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

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

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

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 ...

Japan crashes out of Asian U-23 tournament after Uzbekistan rout

Jan 20, 2018

Japan crashes out of Asian U-23 tournament after Uzbekistan rout

Japan's bid for a second-straight Asian Football Confederation Under-23 championship ended on Friday in a 4-0 quarterfinal loss to Uzbekistan. Fielding a team of players 21 and under who will be eligible to play at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, manager Hajime Moriyasu's youngsters surrendered three ...

Takefusa Kubo left out for AFC U-23 Championship

Dec 26, 2017

Takefusa Kubo left out for AFC U-23 Championship

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan Olympic men's soccer team manager Hajime Moriyasu on Tuesday left former Barcelona youth team starlet Takefusa Kubo out of his squad for next month's AFC U-23 Championship in a bid to keep him fresh for next season. Moriyasu, who was hired in October to ...

Hajime Moriyasu targets Olympic soccer medal in 2020

Oct 30, 2017

Hajime Moriyasu targets Olympic soccer medal in 2020

Hajime Moriyasu, who was recently appointed coach of the men's national soccer team for the 2020 Tokyo Games, said Monday that fans can expect nothing less than his best efforts in his campaign to win Japan's first Olympic medal in 52 years. "This is a ...

Hajime Moriyasu hired to lead Japan U-23 men's team

Oct 12, 2017

Hajime Moriyasu hired to lead Japan U-23 men's team

The Japan Football Association's executive committee on Thursday appointed Hajime Moriyasu as coach of the Japan men's team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Moriyasu, who won three J. League titles with Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2012, 2013 and 2015), resigned in July as the club flirted with ...