Sep 15, 2016

Japan slips to 56th in FIFA rankings

Japan dropped seven places to 56th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. After losing to the United Arab Emirates at home on Sept. 1 to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, Japan is now the sixth-highest ranked ...

Sep 8, 2016

Teguramori returning to national team coaching staff

Japan's Rio Olympic head coach Makoto Teguramori said Thursday he is set for a return to a coaching role with the national team under head coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Teguramori, 48, has doubled as a national team coach after the 2014 World Cup as well as ...

Japan men's soccer squad departs for Rio, aims for Olympic medal

Jul 21, 2016

Japan men's soccer squad departs for Rio, aims for Olympic medal

The Japan men's Olympic soccer team left for Brazil on Thursday, with coach Makoto Teguramori saying the young Samurai Blue will go all in for their first match against Nigeria. "We'll be at our peak for the first game," Teguramori said at Haneda airport, referring ...

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Jun 28, 2016

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Japan's Rio Olympic coach Makoto Teguramori urged his team to give him a selection headache with one, final captivating home performance against South Africa on Wednesday. Ahead of Friday's announcement of Japan's 18 for the Summer Games, Teguramori said Tuesday he expects to see a ...

Jun 20, 2016

Japan names squad to face South Africa in Olympic warmup

Japan's Under-23s coach Makoto Teguramori named a 21-man squad on Monday to face fellow Olympic participant South Africa on June 29. Coming two days before Teguramori names his 18-man team for the Rio de Janeiro Games, the South Africa clash at Matsumoto Stadium will be ...

Jun 14, 2016

Japan names two overage players for Rio Olympic squad

Defenders Tsukasa Shiotani of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Hiroki Fujiharu of Gamba Osaka were named as two of Japan's three overage players for the Rio Olympics by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday. The remaining slot will likely be awarded to a forward, with Urawa Reds' ...