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Japan's Hiroki Ito stands on the pitch with his teammates after their loss against Iran in the Asian Cup quarterfinals in Doha on Saturday.
Feb 5, 2024
Japan's Asian Cup exit raises questions ahead of World Cup qualifiers in North Korea
Former Japan star Keisuke Honda, who was part of the team that won the Asian Cup in 2011, said the country's soccer needed "innovative change."
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu and Takumi Minamino look dejected after the team lost its quarterfinal match to Iran on Saturday.
Feb 4, 2024
Japan's well-traveled squad tastes bitter pill at Asian Cup
The exit was a predictable end to the tournament for a team that never lived up to its billing as favorites.
Japan players train in Doha on Tuesday ahead of a last-16 knockout match against Bahrain in the Asian Cup tournament on Wednesday.
Jan 31, 2024
Moriyasu and Endo calmly confident ahead of Asian Cup knockouts
The Samurai Blue, 17th in the FIFA rankings, have had a six-day interval to ready themselves to face Bahrain.
Iraq's Ahmed Yahya (left) and Japan's Ritsu Doan fight for the ball during their match at the Asian Cup on Friday.
Jan 22, 2024
Physical Arab teams taking fight to heavyweights at Asian Cup
Jordan coach Hussein Ammouta said "Arab teams playing on Arab turf" in Qatar must take the fight to their opponents.
Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu will be wary of making too many changes after admitting that his tinkering against Iraq "had an effect on the players."
Jan 20, 2024
Shock Iraq defeat exposes Japan frailties at Asian Cup
The 2-1 loss leaves Samurai Blue facing a potential last-16 match with South Korea, assuming Japan still qualifies from its group.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu during a news conference on Jan. 1.
Jan 10, 2024
Japan eases past Jordan 6-1 in Asian Cup warm-up
Seeking their record-extending fifth title, the Samurai Blue begin their Asian Cup against Vietnam on Sunday.
Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu (second from right) congratulates his players after they won an international friendly match against Thailand at Tokyo's National Stadium on Jan. 1.
Jan 8, 2024
Rising Japan faces test of resolve at Asian Cup
It is a testament to the growing wave of talent coming out of Japan that many top European club managers are lamenting their temporary January absences.
Japan midfielder Kaoru Mitoma controls the ball during extra time of the team's Round of 16 match against Croatia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Mitoma was named to the Samurai Blue squad for the upcoming Asian Cup despite an ankle injury.
Jan 4, 2024
Samurai Blue call on Mitoma to help erase Asian Cup 'frustration'
Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi said late last year that Mitoma would be out for up to six weeks after hurting his ankle in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Dec. 21.
Samurai Blue manager Hajime Moriyasu speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.
Dec 8, 2023
Japan must 'deal with anything' at Asian Cup, Moriyasu says
The Samurai Blue are one of the favorites for the tournament in Qatar, which kicks off on Jan. 12.
Hajime Moriyasu, head coach of the Japanese men's national football team, attends a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday.
Nov 21, 2023
Moriyasu to opt for tried and tested lineup against Syria
"It's going to be a very tough match. I'm not looking to try anything new," the manager said.
Ayase Ueda (left) scored three goals in Japan's 5-0 win over Myanmar in Suita, Osaka, on Thursday.
Nov 17, 2023
Japan begins World Cup qualifying in style with win over Myanmar
Japan was without injured Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma, but Feyenoord striker Ueda picked up the slack with a ruthless display of finishing.
Freiburg's Ritsu Doan (center) battles with a defender during his club team's match against TSC Backa Topola in Backa Topola, Serbia, on Oct. 26.
Nov 9, 2023
Kamada and Doan recalled for Japan's World Cup qualifiers
Manager Hajime Moriyasu named a full-strength side for Japan's opening matches against Myanmar and Syria.
The 55-year-old Hajime Moriyasu became the first manager to retain the top Japan job following a World Cup since their tournament debut in 1998 in France.
Nov 1, 2023
Moriyasu named AFC Coach of Year after World Cup success
The Samurai Blue won a tough group in Qatar before going out in the round of 16 on a penalty shootout to eventual semifinalists Croatia.
Monaco's Takumi Minamino was called up to the Japan squad for the first time since the Qatar World Cup on Wednesday.
Oct 5, 2023
Takumi Minamino recalled for upcoming Japan friendlies
The Samurai Blue had two productive friendly outings in Europe in September, beating Germany 4-1 and Turkey 4-2.
Samurai Blue players celebrate their international friendly win over host Germany in Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Sep 10, 2023
Japan stuns Germany again with away win in friendly
The Samurai Blue, which also contributed to Germany's group stage exit at the World Cup with a 2-1 win in Qatar last year, scored twice in each half.
Lazio's Daichi Kamada (second from right) celebrates with his teammates during their match against Napoli in Naples on Sunday.
Sep 3, 2023
Daichi Kamada scores memorable first goal for Lazio in win over Napoli
The 27-year-old midfielder was among several Japanese scorers in Europe.
Japan Times
May 26, 2023
Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu calls up Celtic's Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate for friendlies
Japan will take on El Salvador on June 15 at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture and Peru five days later at Panasonic Stadium Suita in Osaka Prefecture.
Japan Times
May 12, 2023
Japan drawn into same pool as former champion Iraq for Asian Cup
"We"ve been put in an extremely difficult group," Samurai Blue manager Hajime Moriyasu said. "Our objective is winning the championship. "
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2023
Manager Moriyasu says Japan soccer taking first steps in creating new team
After steering the Samurai Blue to the round of 16 last year in Qatar, Moriyasu became the first Japan manager to be reappointed for another World Cup cycle.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Hajime Moriyasu begins ringing in changes as Japan seeks new heights
Friday"s draw against Uruguay offered positive signs heading toward the start of qualification for the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada.


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