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 ...

Real Madrid loans teenager Takefusa Kubo to Mallorca

Soccer Aug 23, 2019

Real Madrid loans teenager Takefusa Kubo to Mallorca

Real Madrid on Thursday announced it has loaned teenager Takefusa Kubo to Spanish League rival Mallorca for the season. Madrid signed the 18-year-old attacking midfielder in June from FC Tokyo with the intention of having him play on its reserve team. He played with the ...

Chile begins Copa America title defense with rout of Japan

Soccer Jun 18, 2019

Chile begins Copa America title defense with rout of Japan

Two-time defending champion Chile opened its Copa America campaign with a 4-0 win over Japan on Monday, with Eduardo Vargas scoring a pair of goals to become Chile's all-time leading scorer in the South American competition. Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez also scored for the ...

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

Soccer Jun 16, 2019

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

On a continent where "imitation" Galacticos are a dime a dozen, Takefusa Kubo could just be the real deal. Snapped up by Real Madrid on Friday from under the noses of some of the world's other top clubs, the teenage sensation is about to demonstrate ...

FC Tokyo's Takefusa Kubo seals move to Real Madrid

Soccer / J. League Jun 14, 2019

FC Tokyo's Takefusa Kubo seals move to Real Madrid

Ascendant star playmaker Takefusa Kubo is departing FC Tokyo for a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid, it was announced on Friday. Just days after making his Japan national team debut on Sunday against El Salvador in a pre-Copa America friendly in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, ...

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 ...