Soccer Aug 28, 2016

Asano determined to make most of Stuttgart loan

Japan striker Takuma Asano expressed determination to make a success of his loan move from English Premier League giant Arsenal to German second-division outfit Stuttgart as he returned home for national team duty on Sunday. Arsenal announced Friday that it was loaning out the 21-year-old ...

Soccer Aug 27, 2016

Arsenal loans out Asano to Stuttgart

Japan forward Takuma Asano will open his first season in Europe in the second division of Germany's Bundesliga on a loan deal, Arsenal announced Friday. Asano, who has been named to the squad for Japan's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand, ...

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong squad ...

Soccer / J. League Jul 10, 2016

Brazilian striker Lopes to join Sanfrecce

Sanfrecce Hiroshima have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes on loan from Tombense, the J. League champions announced on Sunday. Lopes will be counted on to plug the hole that will be left by Arsenal-bound Takuma Asano, who plays his final game for Hiroshima ...

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Soccer / J. League Jul 3, 2016

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. The 21-year-old, who last week was named in the 18-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Soccer / J. League Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima's Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori's Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics, ...

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

Soccer May 22, 2016

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

Japan's Rio Olympic-bound Under-23s got off to a losing start at the Toulon International Tournament on Saturday, Makoto Teguramori's men going down 2-1 to Paraguay in Group B. Paraguay, which has brought its Under-21 squad to Toulon and has not qualified for Rio, capitalized on ...

Soccer May 6, 2016

Striker Asano named to Japan Under-23 squad for friendly against Ghana

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano returned to the team as Japan Under-23 coach Makoto Teguramori on Friday named his squad for next Wednesday's home friendly against Ghana's senior national team in quake-hit Kyushu. Versatile Dutch-based defender Sai van Wermeskerken and Kashiwa Reysol midfielder Junya Ito ...