Liverpool's Takumi Minamino shines in Premier League debut

Soccer Jan 24, 2020

Liverpool's Takumi Minamino shines in Premier League debut

Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino made his Premier League debut in a 2-1 win over the Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday, earning high praise for his performance from manager Jurgen Klopp. The Japan international, who transferred from Austrian champion Salzburg earlier this month, played "exceptionally" after coming ...

Takumi Minamino fulfills dream by signing contract to play for Liverpool

Soccer Dec 19, 2019

Takumi Minamino fulfills dream by signing contract to play for Liverpool

Takumi Minamino signed with Champions League holder Liverpool on Thursday for a reported fee of £7.25 million ($9.5 million) from Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg, the Premier League leader announced. The 24-year-old forward, who impressed Liverpool in its two Champions League group matches this season ...

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Soccer Dec 8, 2019

Junya Ito notches first goal of season for Genk

Midfielder Junya Ito bagged his first goal of the season for Genk in the Belgian top-flight side's 2-1 win at Cercle Brugge. Ito opened the scoring in the 34th minute at Jan Breydel Stadium before Cercle Brugge equalized in the second half. Sander Berge sealed ...

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Soccer Nov 14, 2019

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Takumi Minamino converted a first-half penalty and Genki Haraguchi doubled the lead with a free kick after the break as Japan overcame a determined Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. With the victory at a chilly Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Group F leader ...

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 ...

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 10, 2019

Samurai Blue rout Mongolia 6-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifier

by Dan Orlowitz

In the sumo ring, wrestlers from Mongolia rule the roost against their Japanese opponents. On the soccer pitch, Japan is clearly still king. Takumi Minamino scored in his third straight match, veteran defender Yuto Nagatomo netted his first international goal in 10 years and Junya Ito ...

Qatar upsets Japan 3-1 to claim first Asian Cup title

Soccer Feb 2, 2019

Qatar upsets Japan 3-1 to claim first Asian Cup title

Qatar foiled Japan’s bid for a record-extending fifth Asian Cup title on Friday, winning the tournament for the first time in a 3-1 upset. Golden Boot winner and tournament MVP Almoez Ali scored an early opener before Abdelaziz Hatim added a second as Felix Sanchez’s ...

Do or die for Samurai Blue

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 31, 2019

Do or die for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

This week has provided ample opportunity for all of us who doubted Japan's ability to reach the Asian Cup final to take a long, deep drink from the fountain of hubris. Few expected Japan to defeat Iran, the heavily favored Asia No. 1 which entered ...

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

Soccer | From the Spot Jan 23, 2019

Japan fails to shift attack into gear

by Dan Orlowitz

"Defense wins championships," as the old saying goes. The Samurai Blue certainly needed plenty of it on Monday after maintaining less than 24 percent possession over 90 minutes of their Asian Cup round of 16 win against Saudi Arabia under the baking sun at Sharjah ...

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Soccer Dec 15, 2018

Samurai Blue optimistic for 2019

Following a turbulent year that brought joy and heartbreak, the Japan men's national team will head to the Asian Cup full of optimism, with a new core of emerging players. The Samurai Blue will kick off the Jan. 5 to Feb. 1 tournament in the ...