Yuto Nagatomo scores late to help Galatasaray earn draw

Soccer Dec 2, 2019

Yuto Nagatomo scores late to help Galatasaray earn draw

Defender Yuto Nagatomo salvaged a point for Galatasaray in the Turkish top flight on Sunday, scoring at the death to snatch a 1-1 draw at Trabzonspor. Nagatomo netted his first goal of the season in the 90th minute at Medical Park Stadium, pouncing on a ...

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 ...

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

Soccer | From the Spot Sep 4, 2019

Moriyasu relies heavily on overseas players

by Dan Orlowitz

The Samurai Blue are coming from increasingly far away. Head coach Hajime Moriyasu's squad for Japan's Thursday friendly against Paraguay and next Tuesday's Asian joint qualifier at Myanmar in Yangon features 19 Europe-based players — the largest overseas contingent ever summoned for the side. The number ...

Yuto Nagatomo nabs first goal for Galatasaray since 2018 transfer

Soccer Apr 21, 2019

Yuto Nagatomo nabs first goal for Galatasaray since 2018 transfer

Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo returned from injury to score his first goal for Galatasaray since his transfer last year in the Turkish top-flight team's 3-1 win over Kayserispor on Saturday. The 32-year-old Nagatomo, who completed a transfer to Galatasaray in June after being loaned to ...

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 ...

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Soccer Jul 24, 2018

Yuto Nagatomo eager to play in Tokyo Olympics

Galatasaray defender Yuto Nagatomo said Tuesday he is eager to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games if he is picked as an overage player for the men's under-23 squad. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the 31-year-old Nagatomo said he is ready to ...

Yuto Nagatomo's six-month loan to Galatasaray confirmed

Soccer Feb 1, 2018

Yuto Nagatomo's six-month loan to Galatasaray confirmed

Yuto Nagatomo's six-month loan deal with Galatasaray was confirmed Wednesday by both the Turkish giant and the Italian club that owns his rights, Inter Milan. The 31-year-old Nagatomo, who joined Inter from Cesena in January 2011, posted a photo of his blue and black striped ...

Yuto Nagatomo to join Galatasaray on loan from Inter Milan

Soccer Jan 31, 2018

Yuto Nagatomo to join Galatasaray on loan from Inter Milan

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo is leaving Serie A powerhouse Inter Milan on a six-month loan deal to Turkish giant Galatasaray, an informed source said Wednesday. The 31-year-old Japanese will travel to Istanbul today to iron out the final details and have a medical. Nagatomo, who ...