Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

Soccer Mar 22, 2018

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

With playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake sidelined due to injuries, Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic may call upon Belgium-based midfielder Ryota Morioka to provide attacking spark in Friday's World Cup warm-up against Mali. The 26-year-old, who has only four caps for the national side since ...

Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Soccer Dec 7, 2017

Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Kashima Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi has been called up to the men's national team for the upcoming E-1 Football Championship to replace Hiroshi Kiyotake, who has a concussion, Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Thursday. Cerezo Osaka midfielder Kiyotake, who was making his return to the ...

Soccer / J. League May 15, 2017

Cerezo to host Sevilla in July friendly

Cerezo Osaka announced on Monday that it will host Spanish side Sevilla on July 17 in a friendly as part of the J. League's newly launched International Series. Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake will face his old La Liga club, with whom the 27-year old spent ...

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

Soccer / J. League Mar 4, 2017

Reds bounce back against Cerezo

by Andrew McKirdy

Urawa Reds picked up their first points of the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who finished top of the overall table last season only to lose the championship final against Kashima Antlers, began the 2017 campaign ...

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Soccer / J. League Feb 5, 2017

Kiyotake targets title on return to Cerezo

Hiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J. League after a 4½-year absence. "I learned the mentality and attitude to fight," Kiyotake said Sunday, a day after ...

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Soccer / J. League Feb 1, 2017

Kiyotake leaves Sevilla, re-signs with Cerezo

Sevilla midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has re-signed with former club Cerezo Osaka, an official of the J. League first-division side said Wednesday. Cerezo team director Kiyoshi Okuma said Kiyotake will return on a full transfer as the winter transfer market closed Tuesday. Cerezo have been promoted ...

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Soccer Aug 21, 2016

Sevilla's Kiyotake plays key role in triumph over Espanyol

Hiroshi Kiyotake set up a goal before opening his La Liga account as Sevilla overpowered Espanyol 6-4 in a frenetic season opener on Saturday. Kiyotake, starting on the right of a five-man midfield, delivered a corner from the left for Luciano Vietto in the 22nd ...

Soccer Jul 13, 2016

Sevilla's Kiyotake out with groin injury

Sevilla's new signing Hiroshi Kiyotake is off to a rocky start with the three-time reigning Europa League champion as the midfielder was ruled out for three to four weeks with a right groin injury on Tuesday. The Japan international joined Sevilla on a four-year contract ...

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Soccer Jul 6, 2016

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has spoken of his pride in joining Spanish La Liga side Sevilla, but admitted he has a fight on his hands to win a regular place in the team after being unveiled by the Europa League champions on Tuesday. "I am ...

Soccer Jun 24, 2016

Kiyotake finalizes move to Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has completed his move to Spanish League club Sevilla, signing a four-year deal, the Europa League champion announced on its website on Friday. The 26-year-old Kiyotake, who has twice broken metatarsal bones in his right foot over the past 12 months, ...