Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Soccer Oct 10, 2020

Japan draws with Cameroon in first match of 2020

Japan lacked a finishing touch as it settled for a scoreless draw with Cameroon on Friday in the first match of the year for manager Hajime Moriyasu's Samurai Blue. The game was not only Japan's first during a year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but ...

Samurai Blue to play Cameroon, Ivory Coast in Netherlands

Soccer Sep 16, 2020

Samurai Blue to play Cameroon, Ivory Coast in Netherlands

Japan's men's team will play friendlies against Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the Netherlands next month, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. The Samurai Blue will face Cameroon at Stadion Galgenwaard in Utrecht on Oct. 9 before meeting Ivory Coast at the same ground on ...

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Soccer Dec 18, 2019

Japan falls against South Korea in EAFF E-1 men's final

Hwang In-beom scored the only goal as South Korea beat Japan to capture the East Asian Football Federation E-1 Championship on Wednesday. The Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder scored in the 28th minute as the tournament host finished with a perfect 3-0 record. After being outhustled and outplayed ...

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Soccer Dec 10, 2019

Musashi Suzuki scores as Japan beats China

Musashi Suzuki bagged his first international goal to help lead Japan to a 2-1 win over China in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship on Tuesday. The Consadole Sapporo forward opened the scoring for Hajime Moriyasu's squad of J. League players in the first half, while ...

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 1, 2019

Longtime Japan defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka hangs up his boots

Marcus Tulio Tanaka, a critical part of Japan's defense, including a stint at one FIFA World Cup, announced his decision to retire on Sunday. "Today I'm ending a 19-year career," the 38-year-old Tanaka told a Tokyo news conference. "I'm overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude." Tanaka, primarily ...

Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Soccer Nov 19, 2019

Venezuela embarrasses Samurai Blue in friendly

Forward Salomon Rondon scored a hat trick before halftime as Venezuela humiliated Japan 4-1 in an international friendly on Tuesday night. Winger Yeferson Soteldo added the fourth for the South Americans before the break, while Hotaru Yamaguchi pulled a late goal back for the hosts ...

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Soccer Nov 14, 2019

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Takumi Minamino converted a first-half penalty and Genki Haraguchi doubled the lead with a free kick after the break as Japan overcame a determined Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. With the victory at a chilly Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Group F leader ...