Ritsu Doan to depart Arminia Bielefeld following end of loan

Soccer Jun 10, 2021

Ritsu Doan to depart Arminia Bielefeld following end of loan

German top-flight side Arminia Bielefeld announced the departure Wednesday of Japan winger Ritsu Doan after a season-long loan from Dutch heavyweight PSV Eindhoven. The 22-year-old attacker, who is expected to play a major role for Japan at this summer's Tokyo Olympics, scored five goals for ...

Japan's Olympic hopefuls thrash Ghana U-24

Soccer Jun 6, 2021

Japan's Olympic hopefuls thrash Ghana U-24

Goals from Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan were among the highlights at Fukuoka's Best Denki Stadium as the team shook off Thursday's defeat to their Samurai Blue seniors with a resounding win.

Ritsu Doan and Masaya Okugawa lead Arminia to vital victory

Soccer Mar 15, 2021

Ritsu Doan and Masaya Okugawa lead Arminia to vital victory

Ritsu Doan and Masaya Okugawa struck a goal each Sunday to lead Arminia Bielefeld to a vital 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. The victory at Leverkusen's Bay Arena pulled Arminia out of the bottom three and up to 15th place as they ...

Ritsu Doan taken off Japan roster for upcoming friendlies

Soccer Nov 7, 2020

Ritsu Doan taken off Japan roster for upcoming friendlies

Arminia Bielefeld midfielder Ritsu Doan has been removed from the national team roster ahead of Japan's upcoming friendlies in Austria, the Japan Football Association said Saturday. Doan was named to the 24-man side by manager Hajime Moriyasu on Thursday, but his German club refused to ...

Ritsu Doan set for loan to promoted Arminia Bielefeld

Soccer Sep 4, 2020

Ritsu Doan set for loan to promoted Arminia Bielefeld

Japan winger Ritsu Doan is set to make a loan move from PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch first division to Bundesliga outfit Arminia Bielefeld, Dutch media reported Thursday. Doan sat out a PSV practice match the same day in order to complete transfer negotiations, according ...

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

Olympics Mar 25, 2020

Japanese athletes react to Olympic postponement

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Some of Japan’s top athletes have expressed mixed feelings following Tuesday’s announcement that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee had agreed to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for “about a year” amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Veteran female sport climber Akiyo ...

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Soccer Dec 8, 2019

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Midfielder Junya Ito bagged his first goal of the season for Genk in the Belgian top-flight side's 2-1 win at Cercle Brugge. Ito opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Jan Breydel Stadium before Cercle Brugge equalized in the second half. Sander Berge sealed ...