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New stars shine for Samurai Blue

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

A squad in transition following a surprisingly successful run in the World Cup. A new head coach establishing his vision. A South American opponent ranked fifth in the world. A sold-out Saitama Stadium. An impressive win that fans will look back on as having ...

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Takumi Minamino scored a brace, while Ritsu Doan netted his first international goal, as Japan's rising stars spearheaded a 4-3 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. In their third outing under manager Hajime Moriyasu, the Samurai Blue displayed an impressive attacking game as they outplayed ...

Osako nets first league goal for Werder in win over Eintracht

Soccer Sep 2, 2018

Osako nets first league goal for Werder in win over Eintracht

Yuya Osako opened his Bundesliga account for Werder Bremen on Saturday, scoring the opener in a 2-1 victory over 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt. The Samurai Blue striker scored with a right-footed shot in the 20th minute to give the visitors the lead against an Eintracht side ...

Yuya Osako scores in debut for Werder Bremen

Soccer Aug 19, 2018

Yuya Osako scores in debut for Werder Bremen

Japan striker Yuya Osako scored in his debut for Werder Bremen on Saturday in the Bundesliga side's 6-1 victory against Wormatia in the first round of the German Cup. Osako opened the scoring in the ninth minute at EWR Arena off an assist from Austria ...

Werder Bremen acquire forward Yuya Osako from Koln

Soccer May 17, 2018

Werder Bremen acquire forward Yuya Osako from Koln

Werder Bremen have acquired Japan international Yuya Osako from Koln, which is bound for the second division after finishing the season at the bottom of the table, the German Bundesliga side announced on Wednesday. Osako, who joined Koln from 1860 Munich in 2014, scored four ...

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Soccer Mar 19, 2018

Yuya Osako scores as Cologne earns crucial win

Yuya Osako scored the opener in relegation-threatened Cologne's 2-0 home win over 10-man Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga on Sunday. Osako put his team ahead in the ninth minute, receiving a cross from Leonardo Bittencourt and shooting under keeper Bernd Leno. Leverkusen's Lukas Alario ...

Cologne's Yuya Osako nets pair of goals in rout of BATE Borisov

Soccer Nov 3, 2017

Cologne's Yuya Osako nets pair of goals in rout of BATE Borisov

Halftime substitute Yuya Osako scored a brace and provided an assist in a dominant second half for Cologne, which beat BATE Borisov 5-2 Thursday in its second Europa League home match of the season. After the Belarusian visitors scored two goals in two minutes to ...

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 ...