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 ...

Okazaki scores for Leicester in defeat

Soccer Sep 24, 2017

Okazaki scores for Leicester in defeat

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored his third league goal of the season on Saturday, but Leicester City went down 3-2 at home to Liverpool in the English Premier League. Philippe Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah for the opener and then scored his first goal of ...

Okazaki cautions Japan against complacency

Soccer / World Cup Sep 3, 2017

Okazaki cautions Japan against complacency

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki on Saturday warned Japan not to take its foot off the pedal when it faces Saudi Arabia away in its final qualifier for the 2018 World Cup finals. With Vahid Halilhodzic's men having already secured qualification for Russia after their ...

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 ...

Okazaki gets first goal of season in Leicester victory

Soccer Oct 23, 2016

Okazaki gets first goal of season in Leicester victory

Shinji Okazaki reveled in his first goal of the season on Saturday as champions Leicester downed Crystal Palace 3-1 at home in the Premier League. Named in Claudio Ranieri's starting lineup for the first time in five league games, Okazaki drilled in low to double ...