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Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

Sep 11, 2018

Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

A new-look Japan side gave manager Hajime Moriyasu a winning start to his tenure on Tuesday night, beating Costa Rica 3-0 in an international friendly. Takumi Minamino and Junya Ito scored their maiden international goals in the second half at Panasonic Stadium Suita, ensuring a ...

Sep 6, 2018

Earthquake forces sports cancellations

A number of sporting events have been postponed or cancelled in the wake of Thursday morning's magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Hokkaido. Friday's scheduled international soccer friendly between Japan and Chile at Sapporo Dome was cancelled. The match was to be Hajime Moriyasu's debut in charge ...

Sep 6, 2018

JFA to evaluate Japan-Chile match after Hokkaido earthquake

The Japan Football Association is evaluating whether or not Friday's international friendly between Japan and Chile will take place as planned. The match, which would mark the debut of Hajime Moriyasu as Samurai Blue head coach, is scheduled to kick off from 7 p.m. at ...

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

Jul 26, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

The Japan Football Association on Thursday asserted its days of reliance on foreign managers was over by naming Japan Olympic squad head coach Hajime Moriyasu to also manage the senior national team. The 49-year-old Moriyasu, who in October took over as head coach of the ...

Takashi Inui aims to be key contributor for Real Betis

Jul 12, 2018

Takashi Inui aims to be key contributor for Real Betis

A week after returning to Japan following Samurai Blue's round-of-16 defeat to Belgium at the World Cup, Takashi Inui said Thursday the next step is contributing to his new team, Real Betis, in Spain's La Liga. "I want to enjoy playing soccer, and contribute to ...