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Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Soccer Nov 7, 2018

Suzuki, Yamanaka earn call-ups for largely unchanged Japan squad

Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday rewarded J. League players Yuma Suzuki and Ryosuke Yamanaka with their first call-ups to the senior national squad following strong club performances this season. The two were named in the 23-man squad to face Venezuela and Kyrgyzstan in ...

Ex-Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi to retire

Soccer / J. League Nov 4, 2018

Ex-Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi to retire

Goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, a member of Japan's national squad at four World Cup finals, will retire at the end of the season, his J. League club SC Sagamihara said Sunday. "I've decided to retire at the end of this season. All I have is a ...

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Following Japan's impressive 4-3 friendly win over Uruguay, manager Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday lauded his new-look side for its seamless integration of overlapping generations of players. The victory Tuesday in Saitama was the third in three matches under the new boss and the first combining ...

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

A squad in transition following a surprisingly successful run in the World Cup. A new head coach establishing his vision. A South American opponent ranked fifth in the world. A sold-out Saitama Stadium. An impressive win that fans will look back on as having ...

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Takumi Minamino scored a brace, while Ritsu Doan netted his first international goal, as Japan's rising stars spearheaded a 4-3 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. In their third outing under manager Hajime Moriyasu, the Samurai Blue displayed an impressive attacking game as they outplayed ...

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Follow our live coverage as the Samurai Blue take on Uruguay in the toughest test yet for new manager Hajime Moriyasu.

Japan glides past Panama in friendly

Soccer Oct 12, 2018

Japan glides past Panama in friendly

Takumi Minamino and Junya Ito each scored an international goal for the second game running as Japan eased to a 3-0 win over Panama on Friday night. Salzburg striker Minamino put Japan ahead three minutes before halftime with a skillfully taken strike inside the box ...

Koya Kitagawa replaces Yu Kobayashi for Samurai Blue friendlies

Soccer Oct 8, 2018

Koya Kitagawa replaces Yu Kobayashi for Samurai Blue friendlies

Forward Yu Kobayashi has withdrawn from the Japan squad for the upcoming friendlies against Panama and Uruguay because of an ankle injury, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The 31-year-old Kawasaki Frontale striker left the field in the 82nd minute of Sunday's 0-0 draw between ...

Soccer Sep 29, 2018

Japan set to play against Venezuela

The Japan Football Association announced Friday that the men's national team will face Venezuela in a friendly on Nov. 16 in Oita. The match between Samurai Blue and the South American side will be held at the Oita Bank Dome. Venezuela, whose squad includes Torino midfielder ...

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

Soccer 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 ...