Trainer to top Japanese players feels impact of pandemic

Soccer May 6, 2020

Trainer to top Japanese players feels impact of pandemic

With the coronavirus pandemic bringing sports leagues around the world to a standstill, workers who make their living assisting athletes are being hit particularly hard. Physical therapist Masashi Kitani, whose clients include Japan captain Maya Yoshida, is effectively unable to work amid social distancing restrictions ...

Yoshida issues challenge to Shoji a day before Japan-Syria friendly

Soccer Jun 6, 2017

Yoshida issues challenge to Shoji a day before Japan-Syria friendly

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida urged Kashima Antlers' Gen Shoji to grab the moment and win a permanent place on the first team after Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic dropped Masato Morishige from his back four for June's internationals. Yoshida, who has deputized as captain for both ...

Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Soccer / World Cup Aug 30, 2016

Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida says Japan must treat the United Arab Emirates "like Brazil" in its final-round World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Thursday and has warned the Blue Samurai that they cannot afford a repeat of the start they made against UAE in ...

Soccer Jun 8, 2016

Yoshida unsure of future with Southampton

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said Wednesday he is uncertain of how things will be at Southampton with manager Ronald Koeman reportedly on his way to Everton. "The manager might change and I don't know how things will turn out for me," Yoshida said, a night ...