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 ...

Ritsu Doan to complete full transfer to Dutch side Groningen

Soccer / J. League May 10, 2018

Ritsu Doan to complete full transfer to Dutch side Groningen

Gamba Osaka confirmed Thursday that midfielder Ritsu Doan will complete a full transfer to Dutch first-division side Groningen in July, in a move revealed last month by the Eredivisie club. An attacking midfielder who can also play on either wing, the 19-year-old Japan youth international ...

Takashi Usami leads Fortuna to top of German second-tier table

Soccer Mar 5, 2018

Takashi Usami leads Fortuna to top of German second-tier table

Takashi Usami scored his third goal in as many games and had an assist as Fortuna Dusseldorf edged St. Pauli 2-1 to climb back to the top of the Bundesliga second-division table on Sunday. Usami's Samurai Blue teammate Genki Haraguchi also started in the game ...

Soccer Dec 25, 2017

Ritsu Doan nets fourth goal of season for Groningen

Midfielder Ritsu Doan scored a goal to cap Groningen's 4-0 win against Sparta Rotterdam on Sunday in the Dutch first division. The 19-year-old, on loan from J. League club Gamba Osaka, came off the bench in the second half and scored the final goal in ...

Doan has forgettable debut for Groningen

Soccer Aug 14, 2017

Doan has forgettable debut for Groningen

Ritsu Doan was substituted in the second half after failing to make an impression in his FC Groningen debut, a 3-3 draw at home against Japanese compatriot Yuki Kobayashi's Heerenveen on Sunday. Groningen came from 2-0 down at the break in the teams' Eredivisie season ...