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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 ...

Samurai Blue's young guns deliver for European clubs

Soccer Dec 3, 2018

Samurai Blue's young guns deliver for European clubs

Striker Takumi Minamino netted the winning goal in Salzburg's 1-0 victory over Rheindorf Altach at home on Sunday. Minamino scored his fourth league goal of the season in the 18th minute at Red Bull Arena off a pass from Andre Ramalho. Salzburg now sit on ...

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Soccer Nov 20, 2018

Japan trounces Kyrgyzstan in final friendly before Asian Cup

Japan proved a cut above in its last friendly before next year's Asian Cup, beating Kyrgyzstan 4-0 on Tuesday. A second-minute strike by national team debutant Ryosuke Yamanaka set the tone, with Genki Haraguchi adding another midway through the first half and substitutes Yuya Osako ...

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Following Japan's impressive 4-3 friendly win over Uruguay, manager Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday lauded his new-look side for its seamless integration of overlapping generations of players. The victory Tuesday in Saitama was the third in three matches under the new boss and the first combining ...

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

A squad in transition following a surprisingly successful run in the World Cup. A new head coach establishing his vision. A South American opponent ranked fifth in the world. A sold-out Saitama Stadium. An impressive win that fans will look back on as having ...

Soccer Oct 8, 2018

Shoya Nakajima nets brace in Portimonense victory

Midfielder Shoya Nakajima continued his strong run of form by scoring twice for Portimonense in a 4-2 win over Sporting CP in the Portuguese first division on Sunday. The 24-year-old playmaker assisted on teammate Wilson Manafa's 30th-minute opener before finding the net himself 14 minutes ...

Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

Soccer Sep 11, 2018

Moriyasu Japan starts strong with 3-0 win over Costa Rica

A new-look Japan side gave manager Hajime Moriyasu a winning start to his tenure on Tuesday night, beating Costa Rica 3-0 in an international friendly. Takumi Minamino and Junya Ito scored their maiden international goals in the second half at Panasonic Stadium Suita, ensuring a ...