Samurai Blue head coach says Takuma Asano 'not someone who betrays'

Soccer May 5, 2021

Samurai Blue head coach says Takuma Asano 'not someone who betrays'

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu on Tuesday said Takuma Asano is "not someone who betrays people or his team" after the forward terminated his contract with Serbian club Partizan over alleged unpaid salary. Moriyasu managed the 26-year-old when they were together at Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and was ...

Takumi Minamino's call-up 'nonsense,' says Southampton manager

Soccer Mar 19, 2021

Takumi Minamino's call-up 'nonsense,' says Southampton manager

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl claims it is "nonsense" for Japan forward Takumi Minamino to be asked to travel for international duty during the coronavirus pandemic. Minamino, on loan from Liverpool, is set to join up with the Japan squad for next week's friendly against South ...

Japan to face South Korea in first home game since pandemic began

Soccer Mar 10, 2021

Japan to face South Korea in first home game since pandemic began

Japan will play South Korea in a friendly in Yokohama on March 25, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday, in their first home game since the coronavirus pandemic began. The four-time Asian champion will take on their Korean neighbor at the 72,000-capacity Nissan Stadium, although ...

Former Sanfrecce star Hisato Sato retires with 161 J1 goals

J. League Dec 20, 2020

Former Sanfrecce star Hisato Sato retires with 161 J1 goals

Former Japan forward Hisato Sato, whose 161 top-flight goals are the second-most in J. League history, drew the curtain on his 21-year professional career Sunday, after playing the final minutes of JEF United Chiba's 2-1 win over Giravanz Kitakyushu in the second division. The 38-year-old ...