Shoya Nakajima, FC Porto finalize five-year deal

Soccer Jul 6, 2019

Shoya Nakajima, FC Porto finalize five-year deal

Japan playmaker Shoya Nakajima is headed back to Portugal's top flight after agreeing to a five-year contract with FC Porto, the club announced Friday. The 24-year-old winger played for Portuguese side Portimonense from 2017 until February, when he moved to Qatari first-division club Al-Duhail for ...

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Soccer Jun 25, 2019

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said his team would learn from its Copa America heartbreak after missing out on a place in the quarterfinals following Monday's 1-1 draw with Ecuador. The result puts Paraguay, which did not play on Monday, into the quarterfinals of the tournament. Shoya ...

Japan comes up empty in scoreless draw with Trinidad and Tobago

Soccer Jun 5, 2019

Japan comes up empty in scoreless draw with Trinidad and Tobago

Japan showed plenty of attacking energy but was foiled by Trinidad and Tobago 'keeper Marvin Phillip in Wednesday's scoreless draw. Although fans at Toyota Stadium were denied a national team debut from 18-year-old wunderkind Takefusa Kubo, who was left off the bench, Japan, ranked 26th ...

Shoya Nakajima says 'everything attractive' about new club Al-Duhail

Soccer Feb 6, 2019

Shoya Nakajima says 'everything attractive' about new club Al-Duhail

Winger Shoya Nakajima said Tuesday he is eager to get on the pitch following his reported record transfer to Qatari first-division club Al-Duhail. The club announced their acquisition of Nakajima from Portuguese top-flight side Portimonense on Sunday. His contract runs for four and a half ...

Shoya Nakajima makes record move to Qatar's Al-Duhail

Soccer Feb 4, 2019

Shoya Nakajima makes record move to Qatar's Al-Duhail

Qatari first-division club Al-Duhail on Sunday announced the signing of Shoya Nakajima from Portuguese top-flight outfit Portimonense. Al-Duhail has reportedly paid €35 million ($40 million) for the 24-year-old, a record for the transfer of a Japanese player, overtaking the roughly $29 million Parma paid Italian ...

Shoya Nakajima set to leave Portimonense

Soccer Jan 30, 2019

Shoya Nakajima set to leave Portimonense

Portuguese first-division side Portimonense on Tuesday confirmed Japanese attacker Shoya Nakajima is set to be transferred, according to local media reports. Portimonense manager Antonio Folha said he kept the 24-year-old Nakajima out of the side for the club's 1-0 loss to visiting Chaves on Tuesday ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...

Shoya Nakajima expected to transfer to Wolves in January

Soccer Dec 7, 2018

Shoya Nakajima expected to transfer to Wolves in January

Japan international Shoya Nakajima is set to join Premier League side Wolverhampton from Portimonense, the Portugese club's chairman Rodiney Sampaio said on Thursday. "Nakajima is 80 percent at Wolverhampton. His transfer is not 100 percent done but it's possible it will happen in January," he ...