Former Sanfrecce star Hisato Sato retires with 161 J1 goals

J. League Dec 20, 2020

Former Sanfrecce star Hisato Sato retires with 161 J1 goals

Former Japan forward Hisato Sato, whose 161 top-flight goals are the second-most in J. League history, drew the curtain on his 21-year professional career Sunday, after playing the final minutes of JEF United Chiba's 2-1 win over Giravanz Kitakyushu in the second division. The 38-year-old ...

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu expects tough test against Mexico

Soccer Nov 17, 2020

Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu expects tough test against Mexico

Japan's friendly against Mexico on Tuesday should give the Samurai Blue a clear picture of where they stand in the world, manager Hajime Moriyasu said. The squad began making final preparations Monday on the eve of the meeting with world No. 11 Mexico at Graz's ...

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Soccer Nov 14, 2020

Japan beats Panama on Takumi Minamino's second-half penalty

Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino scored a penalty as Japan secured a 1-0 win against Panama in a friendly at the Merkur Arena in Austria on Friday. Minamino started the match up front alongside Villareal forward Takefusa Kubo and opened the scoring in the 61st minute, ...

JFA to seek coronavirus quarantine exemption for soccer players

Soccer Nov 12, 2020

JFA to seek coronavirus quarantine exemption for soccer players

Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said Wednesday he will ask the government to relax coronavirus quarantine measures for players returning to the country from overseas. The government currently requires Japanese citizens entering the country from abroad to undergo a 14-day quarantine period aimed at ...

Ritsu Doan taken off Japan roster for upcoming friendlies

Soccer Nov 7, 2020

Ritsu Doan taken off Japan roster for upcoming friendlies

Arminia Bielefeld midfielder Ritsu Doan has been removed from the national team roster ahead of Japan's upcoming friendlies in Austria, the Japan Football Association said Saturday. Doan was named to the 24-man side by manager Hajime Moriyasu on Thursday, but his German club refused to ...

Japan midfielder Junya Ito tests positive for coronavirus

Soccer Oct 25, 2020

Japan midfielder Junya Ito tests positive for coronavirus

Japan midfielder Junya Ito has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is currently undergoing quarantine measures, his Belgian first-division team Genk said Saturday. Ito was a member of Japan's squad that faced Cameroon and the Ivory Coast in a pair of friendlies held in ...

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Soccer Oct 14, 2020

Japan beats Ivory Coast on late Naomichi Ueda header

Late substitute Naomichi Ueda struck an injury-time header to clinch a 1-0 friendly win for Japan over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. After being brought on in the 89th minute, the center back for Belgian side Cercle Brugge delivered the winner two minutes later, meeting Gaku ...