Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Soccer / J. League Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

by Andrew McKirdy

Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima's 2-2 draw with Yokohama ...

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 ...

Soccer / J. League Jan 15, 2016

Kanazaki returning to Portugal from Antlers

Japan international striker Mu Kanazaki will return to Portuguese second-division club Portimonense after spending last season on loan in the J. League top flight with Kashima Antlers, Portimonense said Thursday. Portimonense said it had received offers for the 26-year-old's services from several clubs both in ...

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 ...

Kanazaki called up for World Cup qualifiers

Soccer / World Cup Nov 5, 2015

Kanazaki called up for World Cup qualifiers

Kashima Antlers striker Mu Kanazaki earned his first national call-up in five years as Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named his squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers away to Singapore and Cambodia. Sagan Tosu goalkeeper Akihiro Hayashi and FC Tokyo defender Yuichi ...

Kanazaki steers Antlers past Ventforet

Soccer / J. League Sep 19, 2015

Kanazaki steers Antlers past Ventforet

Mu Kanazaki struck in the second half as Kashima Antlers bounced back from last weekend's defeat to Gamba Osaka with a 1-0 win away to Ventforet Kofu in the J. League first division on Saturday. Kanazaki scored the clincher with a well-taken header in the ...