Takefusa Kubo makes first appearance for Villarreal in friendly

Soccer Aug 24, 2020

Takefusa Kubo makes first appearance for Villarreal in friendly

Teenage prodigy Takefusa Kubo made his first appearance for Villarreal on Sunday, playing the second half of a 3-1 friendly win against second-division Cartagena. The 19-year-old Japan midfielder is preparing for his second season in the Spanish top flight after joining Villarreal earlier this month ...

Real Madrid's Takefusa Kubo moving to Villarreal on 1-year loan

Soccer Aug 8, 2020

Real Madrid's Takefusa Kubo moving to Villarreal on 1-year loan

Real Madrid has loaned out 19-year-old Japan international Takefusa Kubo to Spanish La Liga rival Villarreal, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Both the clubs and the Japan midfielder have agreed to the terms and a formal announcement will be made after ...

Takefusa Kubo loan reportedly pursued by several Spanish clubs

Soccer Jul 28, 2020

Takefusa Kubo loan reportedly pursued by several Spanish clubs

After clinching a record 34th La Liga title, Real Madrid's order of business for the off season includes a big decision on the future of rising star Takefusa Kubo. Several Spanish clubs have expressed interest in acquiring the 19-year-old Japan international on loan next season ...

Takefusa Kubo goal seals key victory for Mallorca

Soccer Mar 8, 2020

Takefusa Kubo goal seals key victory for Mallorca

Takefusa Kubo netted his third goal of the season and helped struggling Mallorca secure a 2-1 away victory over Eibar in the Spanish first division on Saturday. After Dani Rodriguez's stunning free kick put the visitors up just before the break at Ipurua Municipal Stadium, ...

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

Soccer Nov 17, 2019

Japan U-22 lacks finishing touch in loss against Colombia

A lack of ruthlessness in front of the goal proved costly for Japan's Olympic hopefuls on Sunday as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in an under-22 friendly. Headlined by senior national team regulars Takefusa Kubo and Ritsu Doan, Hajime Moriyasu's side created several scoring opportunities ...

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

Soccer | From the Spot Sep 4, 2019

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

by Dan Orlowitz

The Samurai Blue are coming from increasingly far away. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu's squad for Japan's Thursday friendly against Paraguay and next Tuesday's Asian joint qualifier at Myanmar in Yangon features 19 Europe-based players — the largest overseas contingent ever summoned for the side. The number ...