'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 ...

Soccer Apr 10, 2019

Japan to play El Salvador in Copa America warmup

The Japanese men's national team will play an international friendly against El Salvador on June 9, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. Japan, ranked No. 26 in the world, will face No. 71 El Salvador for the first time. The match at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi in ...

Soccer Apr 5, 2019

Japan to face visiting Trinidad and Tobago in June friendly

The Japan national men's team will host an international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on June 5, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The friendly at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture is likely to be the Samurai Blue's last match before departing for the Copa ...