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 ...

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Jul 17, 2019

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on Wednesday. The draw at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur saw the 34 top-ranked sides in Asia, along ...

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

Soccer Jun 16, 2019

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

On a continent where "imitation" Galacticos are a dime a dozen, Takefusa Kubo could just be the real deal. Snapped up by Real Madrid on Friday from under the noses of some of the world's other top clubs, the teenage sensation is about to demonstrate ...

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

Soccer | From the Spot Jun 12, 2019

Poor scheduling holding back Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

Between the U-20 World Cup, the U-22 Toulon Tournament and a Copa America which could see over a dozen Tokyo 2020-eligible players earn their first Samurai Blue caps, it's been an exciting month for Japan supporters awaiting the Olympic men's soccer tournament. The performance of ...