Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Soccer Dec 10, 2019

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Musashi Suzuki bagged his first international goal to help lead Japan to a 2-1 win over China in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship on Tuesday. The Consadole Sapporo forward opened the scoring for Hajime Moriyasu's squad of J. League players in the first half, while ...

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2019

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, a critical part of Japan's defense, including a stint at one FIFA World Cup, announced his decision to retire on Sunday. "Today I'm ending a 19-year career," the 38-year-old Tanaka told a Tokyo news conference. "I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude." Tanaka, primarily ...

Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Soccer Nov 19, 2019

Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Forward Salomon Rondon scored a hat trick before halftime as Venezuela humiliated Japan 4-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday night. Winger Yeferson Soteldo added the fourth for the South Americans before the break, while Hotaru Yamaguchi pulled a late goal back for the hosts ...

Samurai Blue names squad for World Cup qualifier

Soccer Nov 6, 2019

Samurai Blue names squad for World Cup qualifier

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu named an experienced 23-man squad Wednesday for a "very tough battle" against Kyrgyzstan in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The Samurai Blue sit atop qualifying Group F with three wins from as many matches but ...

JFA unveils 'Clear Sky Japan' uniform for 2020 Olympics

Soccer Nov 6, 2019

JFA unveils 'Clear Sky Japan' uniform for 2020 Olympics

The Japan Football Association unveiled a new national team uniform on Wednesday, breaking from tradition with a patterned shirt incorporating five shades of blue representing different hues of the sky. The "Clear Sky Japan" kit was developed by Adidas Japan K.K. for representative sides including ...

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 10, 2019

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

by Dan Orlowitz

In the sumo ring, wrestlers from Mongolia rule the roost against their Japanese opponents. On the soccer pitch, Japan is clearly still king. Takumi Minamino scored in his third straight match, veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo netted his first international goal in 10 years and Junya Ito ...

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

Soccer | From the Spot Sep 4, 2019

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

by Dan Orlowitz

The Samurai Blue are coming from increasingly far away. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu's squad for Japan's Thursday friendly against Paraguay and next Tuesday's Asian joint qualifier at Myanmar in Yangon features 19 Europe-based players — the largest overseas contingent ever summoned for the side. The number ...