Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Soccer Nov 10, 2016

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is an injury doubt for Japan's World Cup qualifying warm-up against Oman in Kashima on Friday. Kagawa trained separately from the main group after arriving back in Japan and skipped Wednesday's session because of a sore right ankle, although he ...

Halilhodzic names Osako to squad for friendly, World Cup qualifier

Soccer Nov 4, 2016

Halilhodzic names Osako to squad for friendly, World Cup qualifier

Cologne striker Yuya Osako returned to the national team fold as Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday named his squad for next week's friendly against Oman and a crunch final-round World Cup qualifier against Group B leader Saudi Arabia in Saitama on Nov. 15. Halilhodzic ...

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Soccer Aug 29, 2016

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to exorcise his demons and help Japan get off to a winning start in the final Asian round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when it faces the United Arab Emirates in Group B in Saitama on Thursday. UAE ...

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Soccer Aug 28, 2016

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored for Mainz late on but Shinji Kagawa's Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 on Saturday to kick-start its new Bundesliga campaign. Muto, who scored seven goals last season before he was ruled out in February with a right-knee ligament injury, came on ...

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong squad ...

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Soccer Jun 3, 2016

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Japan erupted for four first-half goals including a brace by Shinji Kagawa to slaughter Bulgaria 7-2 in the Kirin Cup on Friday. Japan’s other Shinji, Okazaki of Leicester City, needed only four minutes to open the scoring and move within one of 50 goals for ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Soccer May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan's Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale's under-23 international ...