Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

Soccer Mar 22, 2018

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

With playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake sidelined due to injuries, Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic may call upon Belgium-based midfielder Ryota Morioka to provide attacking spark in Friday's World Cup warm-up against Mali. The 26-year-old, who has only four caps for the national side since ...

Shinji Kagawa scores fifth goal of season in Dortmund draw

Soccer Jan 28, 2018

Shinji Kagawa scores fifth goal of season in Dortmund draw

Shinji Kagawa struck his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season Saturday as Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with visiting SC Freiburg. Kagawa opened the scoring in the ninth minute, lashing home an acrobatic volley from close range after an attempt by Christian Pulisic rebounded into his ...

Shinji Kagawa rescues point for Dortmund against Hertha

Soccer Jan 20, 2018

Shinji Kagawa rescues point for Dortmund against Hertha

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored his fourth goal of the season for Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in its 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday. Kagawa headed the goal in the 71st minute off a cross from English forward Jadon Sancho. But the 28-year-old was ...

Shinji Kagawa sets scoring mark in victory

Soccer Oct 1, 2017

Shinji Kagawa sets scoring mark in victory

Shinji Kagawa became the all-time leading Japanese scorer in Bundesliga history on Saturday after hitting the winner for league-leading Dortmund in a 2-1 victory away to Augsburg. Kagawa scored with a glorious chip to register his 38th goal in Germany's top flight, surpassing international teammate ...

Muto, Asano included on 24-man Japan squad for October friendlies

Soccer Sep 28, 2017

Muto, Asano included on 24-man Japan squad for October friendlies

Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto and Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano were among the foreign-based players named on the Japan national team for next month's friendly soccer games against New Zealand and Haiti, the Japan Football Association said Thursday. But regulars Keisuke Honda of Pachuca, Shinji Okazaki ...

Kagawa scores first goal of Bundesliga season

Soccer Sep 21, 2017

Kagawa scores first goal of Bundesliga season

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored his first goal of the season as Bundesliga leader Dortmund won 3-0 away to Hamburg on Wednesday. Kagawa, making his first start of the league campaign, opened the scoring after 24 minutes, driving home from close range after Omer Toprak ...

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Aug 24, 2017

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Keisuke Honda is among 27 players named to Japan's squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia. Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be counting on the experience of the veteran midfielder who scored in his debut for Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday. Other ...