Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Ritsu Doan scores debut goal in PSV's rout of Zwolle

Soccer Sep 30, 2019

Ritsu Doan scores debut goal in PSV's rout of Zwolle

Midfielder Ritsu Doan came off the bench in the second half to score his first goal for PSV Eindhoven in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of PEC Zwolle in the Dutch first division. Doan entered the game six minutes after the break and found the net in ...

Ritsu Doan earns big move to Dutch titans PSV Eindhoven

Soccer Aug 28, 2019

Ritsu Doan earns big move to Dutch titans PSV Eindhoven

Japanese midfielder Ritsu Doan is set to transfer from FC Groningen to fellow Dutch first-division side PSV Eindhoven, the latter club announced Tuesday. The 21-year-old joined Groningen in 2017 from the J. League's Gamba Osaka and scored nine goals in his first season with the ...

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 23, 2019

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

by Dan Orlowitz

"Defense wins championships," as the old saying goes. The Samurai Blue certainly needed plenty of it on Monday after maintaining less than 24 percent possession over 90 minutes of their Asian Cup round of 16 win against Saudi Arabia under the baking sun at Sharjah ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...

Samurai Blue's young guns deliver for European clubs

Soccer Dec 3, 2018

Samurai Blue's young guns deliver for European clubs

Striker Takumi Minamino netted the winning goal in Salzburg's 1-0 victory over Rheindorf Altach at home on Sunday. Minamino scored his fourth league goal of the season in the 18th minute at Red Bull Arena off a pass from Andre Ramalho. Salzburg now sit on ...

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

A squad in transition following a surprisingly successful run in the World Cup. A new head coach establishing his vision. A South American opponent ranked fifth in the world. A sold-out Saitama Stadium. An impressive win that fans will look back on as having ...