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Japan must step up after shaky group stage

Soccer Jan 20, 2019

Japan must step up after shaky group stage

by Dan Orlowitz

No more friendlies. No more minnows. No more excuses. Warmups are over for the Samurai Blue. The four-time Asian champions will begin the final march toward a fifth continental title on Monday when they face Saudi Arabia in the 2019 Asian Cup's Round of 16. Should ...

Former Japan forward Seiichiro Maki announces retirement

Soccer / J. League Jan 15, 2019

Former Japan forward Seiichiro Maki announces retirement

Former Japan forward Seiichiro Maki has retired after a 16-year pro career, his J. League third-division club Roasso Kumamoto announced Tuesday. Maki, a Kumamoto native, began his professional career with J2 side JEF United Chiba in 2003. He had stints overseas in Russia and China ...

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Soccer Jan 14, 2019

Japan edges Oman to advance at Asian Cup

Japan booked a ticket to the knockout stage of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Group F opponent Oman, but the four-time champion was once again less than convincing. Relying on a first-half penalty from Genki ...

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 ...

Japan to send full-strength senior side to Copa America

Soccer Dec 12, 2018

Japan to send full-strength senior side to Copa America

Japan will send a full-strength senior squad to next June's Copa America in Brazil, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The JFA initially considered sending an under-23 squad in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but Samurai Blue head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who also manages ...

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Soccer Nov 20, 2018

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Japan proved a cut above in its last friendly before next year's Asian Cup, beating Kyrgyzstan 4-0 on Tuesday. A second-minute strike by national team debutant Ryosuke Yamanaka set the tone, with Genki Haraguchi adding another midway through the first half and substitutes Yuya Osako ...