Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Samurai Blue names squad for World Cup qualifier

Soccer Nov 6, 2019

Samurai Blue names squad for World Cup qualifier

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu named an experienced 23-man squad Wednesday for a "very tough battle" against Kyrgyzstan in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The Samurai Blue sit atop qualifying Group F with three wins from as many matches but ...

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

Soccer | From the Spot Sep 4, 2019

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

by Dan Orlowitz

The Samurai Blue are coming from increasingly far away. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu's squad for Japan's Thursday friendly against Paraguay and next Tuesday's Asian joint qualifier at Myanmar in Yangon features 19 Europe-based players — the largest overseas contingent ever summoned for the side. The number ...

Soccer Apr 10, 2019

Japan to play El Salvador in Copa America warmup

The Japanese men's national team will play an international friendly against El Salvador on June 9, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. Japan, ranked No. 26 in the world, will face No. 71 El Salvador for the first time. The match at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi in ...