Southampton defender Yoshida offers to help quake victims

Soccer Apr 17, 2016

Southampton defender Yoshida offers to help quake victims

Southampton's Japan international defender Maya Yoshida on Saturday offered his support to the victims of the series of powerful earthquakes that have rocked his native Kyushu over the past few days. Speaking after Southampton's 1-1 draw away to Everton in the Premier League, Yoshida, who ...

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

Soccer Mar 25, 2016

Halilhodzic pleased with results from new system

by Andrew McKirdy

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has challenged Japan to make it through the second round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal after claiming a seventh clean sheet in seven games in Thursday's 5-0 win over Afghanistan. Group E leader Japan takes on ...

Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

Soccer Mar 24, 2016

Japan thrashes Afghanistan in World Cup qualifier

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan virtually guaranteed its place in the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 5-0 win over Afghanistan on Thursday. Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 99th international appearance by opening the scoring in the 43rd minute at Saitama Stadium, before second-half ...

Yoshida scores winner as Southampton downs West Ham

Soccer Feb 7, 2016

Yoshida scores winner as Southampton downs West Ham

Japan defender Maya Yoshida scored in Southampton's 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday, striking his first Premier League goal of the season as the 10-man Saints held on for the points. Yoshida, playing for the first time in five games, ran onto a ball ...

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Soccer / World Cup Nov 12, 2015

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Mu Kanazaki marked his return from the international wilderness with his first national team goal as Japan whipped Singapore 3-0 on Thursday in a second-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Kanazaki opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a fine effort and Keisuke ...

Yoshida warns Southampton to wake up

Soccer Aug 16, 2015

Yoshida warns Southampton to wake up

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is still hobbling around on crutches after an Achilles operation. His team is limping just as badly in the Premier League. The South Coast club has earned just a point from its first two games of the new season, with Saturday's ...

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

Soccer Jun 8, 2015

Yoshida finds silver lining in tough practices

by Gus Fielding

As Japan's weeklong training camp wrapped up in Chiba on Sunday, Maya Yoshida felt he had been pushed to the max by new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But the Southampton center back reckons he will reap the benefits and be in tip-top shape for next week's ...

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

Soccer / World Cup Jun 1, 2014

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

by Gus Fielding

Southampton central defender Maya Yoshida admits he is excited by the prospect of Japan playing England in the second round of the World Cup finals, but reckons Roy Hodgson's men could find it difficult to progress from the group phase. Japan has been drawn in ...

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

Soccer Apr 3, 2014

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

by Gus Fielding

VVV Venlo may have taken its eye off the ball when it opted not to sign Shinji Kagawa. But the Dutch second-division side cashed in on the sale of both Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida, and chairman Hai Berden says the club is happy to ...