Takashi Usami brace lifts Gamba past Bellmare

Soccer / J. League Nov 3, 2019

Takashi Usami brace lifts Gamba past Bellmare

Takashi Usami scored either side of the break to lift Gamba Osaka to a 3-0 win at Shonan Bellmare in the J. League first division on Sunday. The win moved Gamba into ninth place on 38 points, seven clear of the relegation zone, where Bellmare ...

Players say tactics are part of game

Soccer / World Cup Jun 30, 2018

Players say tactics are part of game

Japan players on Friday acknowledged criticism of the tactics that saw them settle for a 1-0 loss against Poland the previous day, but said they were simply doing what was needed to secure the Samurai Blue's first World Cup knockout-stage berth since 2010. The squad ...

Takashi Usami leads Fortuna to top of German second-tier table

Soccer Mar 5, 2018

Takashi Usami leads Fortuna to top of German second-tier table

Takashi Usami scored his third goal in as many games and had an assist as Fortuna Dusseldorf edged St. Pauli 2-1 to climb back to the top of the Bundesliga second-division table on Sunday. Usami's Samurai Blue teammate Genki Haraguchi also started in the game ...

Usami scores in debut for Dusseldorf

Soccer Sep 11, 2017

Usami scores in debut for Dusseldorf

Striker Takashi Usami scored on his debut for Fortuna Dusseldorf in a 3-2 win over Atsuto Uchida's Union Berlin in the German second division on Sunday. Usami, who joined Dusseldorf on a one-year loan deal from first-division Augsburg last month, came off the bench in ...

Soccer / J. League Jul 19, 2017

FC Tokyo falls to Augsburg in friendly

J. League first-division side FC Tokyo lost 2-1 in a friendly away to Takashi Usami's German club Augsburg on Tuesday. Michael Gregoritsch opened the scoring for Augsburg in the 51st minute. Shoya Nakajima leveled with a free kick for Tokyo in the 62nd, but Christoph ...

Soccer / World Cup Jun 5, 2017

Usami added to Japan squad for Syria friendly

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will call up Augsburg forward Takashi Usami for this week's friendly against Syria, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The former Gamba Osaka man, who had loan spells at Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim between 2011 and 2013, returned to Germany ahead ...

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Soccer Jun 21, 2016

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Gamba Osaka forward Takashi Usami said Tuesday he is returning to the Bundesliga this summer with an agenda. The 24-year-old spent two seasons, from the age of 19, in Germany but returned to Japan in 2013 with precious little to show for his efforts. At ...

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Soccer / J. League Jun 20, 2016

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Japan forward Takashi Usami will join Augsburg on a four-year deal from Gamba Osaka subject to a medical later this month, the German side announced Monday. Usami, set to hold a press conference on Tuesday, has scored five goals in 16 league games this term ...

Suwon eliminates Gamba from Asian Champions League

Soccer Apr 19, 2016

Suwon eliminates Gamba from Asian Champions League

Gamba Osaka crashed out of the Asian Champions League in the first round on Tuesday after a 2-1 defeat at home to South Korea's Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Gamba striker Takashi Usami missed a twice-taken penalty and Santos gave Suwon the lead early in the second ...

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

Soccer / J. League Feb 20, 2016

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

by Andrew McKirdy

J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima picked up from where they left off last year with a 3-1 win over Gamba Osaka in the season curtain-raising Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Sanfrecce beat Gamba in a two-legged playoff to claim the league title last December, ...

Gamba striker Usami hopes to play for Japan in Rio

Soccer Jan 27, 2016

Gamba striker Usami hopes to play for Japan in Rio

Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami said he is eager to go to the Summer Games again, making his pitch to play for Japan at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as one of three overage players each team will be allowed. "If I'm needed, I'm there," ...