Japan stumbles against Ukraine in World Cup warm-up

Soccer Mar 28, 2018

Japan stumbles against Ukraine in World Cup warm-up

A 69th-minute winner from substitute Oleksandr Karavayev proved the difference Tuesday as Ukraine defeated Japan 2-1 in the second of two World Cup warm-ups for the Samurai Blue in Belgium. Tomoaki Makino equalized for Japan after a Naomichi Ueda own goal put Ukraine ahead, but ...

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

Soccer Mar 22, 2018

Midfielder Ryota Morioka could get opportunity in friendly against Mali

With playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Hiroshi Kiyotake sidelined due to injuries, Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic may call upon Belgium-based midfielder Ryota Morioka to provide attacking spark in Friday's World Cup warm-up against Mali. The 26-year-old, who has only four caps for the national side since ...

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 ...

Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

Soccer Dec 13, 2017

Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

by Andrew McKirdy

Japan's third-string players are forcing their way into World Cup contention with their performances at the E-1 Football Championship, according to manager Vahid Halilhodzic. "I think these players are serious candidates to play for the full-strength national team," Halilhodzic said after Japan beat China 2-1 ...