Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Soccer Dec 7, 2017

Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi called up to national team

Kashima Antlers midfielder Shoma Doi has been called up to the men's national team for the upcoming E-1 Football Championship to replace Hiroshi Kiyotake, who has a concussion, Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Thursday. Cerezo Osaka midfielder Kiyotake, who was making his return to the ...

Vahid Halilhodzic recalls Mu Kanazaki for East Asian tournament

Soccer Nov 29, 2017

Vahid Halilhodzic recalls Mu Kanazaki for East Asian tournament

Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Kashima Antlers striker Mu Kanazaki and brought in several new faces as he named a 23-man squad on Wednesday for the upcoming E-1 Football Championship. Returning Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake was also named to the squad made up entirely ...

Shu Kurata's late header lifts Japan over New Zealand

Soccer Oct 6, 2017

Shu Kurata's late header lifts Japan over New Zealand

Shu Kurata opened his international account with a late header to propel Japan past New Zealand 2-1 in a friendly on Friday. With three minutes left on the clock, substitute Kurata dove into a ball headed back to him by Hiroki Sakai after a left-wing ...

Soccer Sep 29, 2017

Japan to play friendlies against Brazil, Belgium

Japan will play Brazil and Belgium in friendly matches in Europe in November, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Japan's national team, 40th in the FIFA world rankings, will face second-place Brazil in Lille, France, on Nov. 10, and Belgium, ranked fifth, at a location ...

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 ...