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 ...

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 ...