Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 17, 2019

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Takumi Minamino scored the first goal in the second half on a header. He finished with two goals, while ...

Koya Kitagawa replaces Yu Kobayashi for Samurai Blue friendlies

Soccer Oct 8, 2018

Koya Kitagawa replaces Yu Kobayashi for Samurai Blue friendlies

Forward Yu Kobayashi has withdrawn from the Japan squad for the upcoming friendlies against Panama and Uruguay because of an ankle injury, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The 31-year-old Kawasaki Frontale striker left the field in the 82nd minute of Sunday's 0-0 draw between ...

Halilhodzic reveals roster for upcoming friendlies

Soccer Mar 15, 2018

Halilhodzic reveals roster for upcoming friendlies

by Andrew McKirdy

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday warned World Cup qualifying heroes Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi to force their way onto their club teams or risk missing out on this summer's tournament in Russia as he named his squad for two friendly matches ...

Takuma Asano opens account for Stuttgart

Soccer Nov 25, 2017

Takuma Asano opens account for Stuttgart

Takuma Asano scored his first goal in the German Bundesliga on Friday, while forward Yuya Kubo's strike helped seal Belgian club Gent's 3-1 victory over Mouscron. Asano, currently on loan from Arsenal, opened the scoring in the 24th minute of Stuttgart's 1-1 draw with Hanover, ...

Muto, Asano included on 24-man Japan squad for October friendlies

Soccer Sep 28, 2017

Muto, Asano included on 24-man Japan squad for October friendlies

Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto and Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano were among the foreign-based players named on the Japan national team for next month's friendly soccer games against New Zealand and Haiti, the Japan Football Association said Thursday. But regulars Keisuke Honda of Pachuca, Shinji Okazaki ...

Soccer Nov 29, 2016

Asano makes impact in Stuttgart triumph

Japan's on-loan Arsenal striker Takuma Asano scored his second goal for German second tier team Stuttgart in a 3-1 home win over Nuremburg on Monday. The 22-year-old speedster, who started in left midfield, broke clear and unselfishly cut back for Simon Terodde to tap home ...

Soccer Oct 31, 2016

Asano opens Stuttgart account in win at Karlsruher

Japan striker Takuma Asano opened his account for Stuttgart on Sunday, scoring the opener in his side's 3-1 derby win away to Karlsruher in the Bundesliga second division. Asano, who is on loan in Germany from English Premier League giants Arsenal, fired the visitors in ...

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Soccer / World Cup Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan's shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out his ...