Endo aiming for medal in Rio

Soccer / J. League May 7, 2016

Endo aiming for medal in Rio

by Andrew McKirdy

Urawa Reds defender Wataru Endo is expecting a feisty atmosphere in his first Saitama derby against Omiya Ardija on Sunday. But the Japan Under-23 captain knows the stakes will be even higher at the Rio Olympics this summer. Urawa takes on Omiya with both teams currently ...

Soccer Feb 26, 2016

Halilhodzic keeping close watch on U-23 youngsters

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic said he is watching the progress of the players from the Under-23 side closely as he returned from his two months scouting tour in Europe on Friday. The U-23s booked their place in this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month ...

Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

Soccer Jan 25, 2016

Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

The fitness of Japan captain Wataru Endo, Yuta Toyokawa and Masashi Kamekawa will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Asian Under-23 Championship semifinal against Iraq, according to the Japan Football Association. The trio trained apart from the team on Sunday. Endo complained of discomfort in ...