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Real Madrid sign 'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo

Posted Saturday, June 15, 2019 by ESPN191 hits

Real Madrid have announced the signing of FC Tokyo midfielder Takefusa Kubo. Kubo, who has been described as "the Japanese Messi," was once on Barcelona's books and made his debut for the Japan senior team earlier this month. The 18-year-old will represent his country at the Copa America in Brazil. In a statement, Madrid said Kubo would play for their Castilla youth team in Spain's third tie...Full Story »

Vinicius is a superstar in Japan

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Marca.com95 hits

Despite the disappointment of missing the Copa America, Vinicius Junior has enjoyed a wonderful debut season with Real Madrid and has gained superstar status in Japan. The Brazilian sensation is becoming increasingly marketable, and as part of the first stage of his holiday in Japan, the former Flamengo forward fulfilled several advertising commitments. One of which came with one of the Rea...Full Story »

England clinch SheBelieves Cup with win over Japan

Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2019 by PA101 hits

England won the SheBelieves Cup following an emphatic 3-0 victory over Japan in Florida.Phil Neville’s side secured silverware in style thanks to first-half goals from Lucy Staniforth, Karen Carney and Beth Mead.However, the Lionesses’ success came at a cost as Izzy Christiansen limped off injured with the start of the World Cup only three months away.Hope you''re OK, Izzy! 😢...Full Story »

Japan 1 Qatar 3: Ali leads Sanchez's men to maiden Asian Cup title

Posted Saturday, February 02, 2019 by Goal.com114 hits

Qatar were crowned Asian Cup champions for the first time after defeating Japan 3-1 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Friday. Almoez Ali made history as Qatar triumphed against Japan to claim their first Asian Cup title with a 3-1 final win on Friday. Tournament top-scorer Ali took his tally to a record-breaking nine goals with a sublime overhead kick before Abdelaziz Hatim then curled in ...Full Story »

Iran 0 Japan 3: Controversial Osako brace helps book final place

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Goal.com114 hits

Japan are into the 2019 Asian Cup final thanks to a 3-0 win over Iran, though there was more than a hint of controversy about their victory. Yuya Osako's brace helped Japan beat pre-tournament favourites Iran 3-0 and book a place in the 2019 Asian Cup final, as they go for an unprecedented fifth title. Monday's semi-final was billed as being a contest between the competition's two best teams...Full Story »

Japanese star Honda joins Melbourne Victory

Posted Monday, August 06, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com258 hits

Former Japan, AC Milan and CSKA Moscow attacker Keisuke Honda has moved to A-League champions Melbourne Victory. Honda joins Australian titleholders Victory on a one-year marquee deal after leaving Mexican side Pachuca, it was announced on Monday. The 32-year-old, who scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for the Blue Samurai, retired from international football following Japan's last-16 exit at...Full Story »

Iniesta and Torres ready to debut in Japan

Posted Sunday, July 22, 2018 by Marca.com242 hits

Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta have already begun their Asian adventures, and two of Spain's most important players of the last decade are getting ready to play their first match since arriving in Japan. Despite only having a handful of training sessions under their respective belts, both are to be presented to the Japanese public on the pitch on Sunday and will be hoping to impress their...Full Story »

Roberto Martinez praises Belgium’s desire after Red Devils recover to beat Japan

Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2018 by PA126 hits

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez praised his players’ desire after they dramatically recovered from going two goals down to win 3-2 against Japan and progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.Martinez’s team will face Brazil next but will do so with renewed confidence in their abilities and with the knowledge that they are highly capable of recovering from losing positions.Thei...Full Story »

Belgium’s last-gasp heroics stun Japan and set up clash with Brazil

Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2018 by PA100 hits

Belgium dramatically recovered from going two goals to Japan to secure a last-gasp 3-2 victory and set up a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil.Roberto Martinez’s side came so close to crashing out of the tournament in Rostov as they found themselves behind to second-half goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui.The so-called Belgian ‘Golden Generation’ then staged a rema...Full Story »

Belgium 3 Japan 2: Last-gasp Chadli completes comeback

Posted Tuesday, July 03, 2018 by Goal.com178 hits

Brazil will face Belgium in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as Roberto Martinez's side came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2. Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute winner completed a sensational comeback as Belgium beat Japan 3-2 to book a World Cup quarter-final against Brazil. After a goalless first half, Japan struck twice in seven minutes following the interval to take full control of a gripping...Full Story »

Belgium vs Japan - Belgium boss Roberto Martinez aware of Japan threat

Posted Monday, July 02, 2018 by PA360 hits

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says he is wary of a Japan team with “incredible energy” ahead of Monday’s World Cup last-16 clash.The free-scoring Belgians go in as firm favourites, taking with them a 100 per cent record from the group phase and netting nine goals in beating Panama, Tunisia and England.With players like Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku at his disposal, Martinez&...Full Story »

Japan reach World Cup last 16 courtesy of their fair play record

Posted Friday, June 29, 2018 by PA115 hits

Japan booked their place in the World Cup knockout stages amid farcical scenes in Volgograd despite falling to a 1-0 defeat against already-eliminated Poland.Jan Bednarek fired the only goal in the 59th minute but the scoreline in the other Group H game between Colombia and Senegal meant the Japanese were still set to go through by virtue of a better fair play record than the latter.The final 20...Full Story »

Japan 0 Poland 1: Fair play history made as Nishino's men scrape through

Posted Friday, June 29, 2018 by Goal.com181 hits

Akira Nishino's call to change his Japan team almost backfired as they progressed on fair play after a 1-0 defeat to Poland. Japan became the first team to qualify from the World Cup group stages via fair play rankings despite a 1-0 defeat to Poland in which Akira Nishino bizarrely made six changes to an unbeaten team. The Samurai Blue had beaten Colombia and drawn with Senegal to enter thei...Full Story »

Japan vs Poland - Akira Nishino urges Japan not to take Poland lightly

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PA326 hits

Japan boss Akira Nishino has warned his players there is no such thing as a World Cup dead rubber as they attempt to book their place in the last 16 against Poland.Nishino’s men head into their final Group H clash tantalisingly close to their objective, but wary of the wounded Poles, who are going home regardless of what happens in Volgograd on Thursday afternoon.Star man Robert Lewandowsk...Full Story »

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse frustrated as Japan fight back to draw

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by PA117 hits

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse admits he was left with regrets as Japan twice came from behind to earn a draw and forestall his side from securing their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.Having both won their respective opening games in Group H, this was a chance for either nation to qualify for the round of 16 but the 2-2 draw in Ekaterinburg means both still have work to do.Sadio Mane a...Full Story »

Japan 2 Senegal 2: Honda gatecrashes Cisse's party

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by Goal.com174 hits

Senegal thought they had one foot in the last 16 of the World Cup before Keisuke Honda's late strike ensured a share of the spoils. Senegal and Japan missed the chance to take a giant stride towards the World Cup knockout stages after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Ekaterinburg Arena. After winning their opening games, three points for either side would have made them outright Group...Full Story »

Japan fight back twice to earn World Cup draw against Senegal

Posted Monday, June 25, 2018 by PA109 hits

Japan twice came from behind to earn a draw against Group H rivals Senegal – with both still hopeful of progressing into the knockout stages of the World Cup.Having both won their opening fixtures, this meeting in Ekaterinburg was a chance for one nation to all-but seal their spot in the latter stages – but a 2-2 draw means they will have to wait for their final games to try and secu...Full Story »

Japan vs Senegal - Japan coach highlights Mane threat ahead of Senegal clash

Posted Sunday, June 24, 2018 by PA265 hits

Japan head coach Akira Nishino believes stopping Sadio Mane is the key to his side’s chances against Senegal.The two sides clash in Ekaterinburg on Sunday, with both nations having won their opening games in Group H.Mane was instrumental in Senegal’s 2-1 victory against Poland, who at times during the game doubled up on the Liverpool winger.Sadio Mane was closely watched by Poland (E...Full Story »

Colombia 1 - 2 Japan: Sanchez red spoils Pekerman's plans

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Goal.com171 hits

Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-fastest red card in World Cup history as Colombia slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their World Cup opener against Japan in Mordovia. The Group H favourites suffered a nightmarish start to their campaign when Sanchez blocked Shinji Kagawa's shot with his arm after just two minutes and 56 seconds, prompting the referee to brandish the first straight red card for ha...Full Story »

Early red card costs Colombia as unfancied Japan claim shock win

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA93 hits

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez became the first player to be sent off at the 2018 World Cup as Japan secured an entertaining 2-1 win in Saransk.The former Aston Villa midfielder was dismissed after just four minutes in the Group H opener for deliberate handball and Shinji Kagawa made no mistake with the resulting penalty.Colombia equalised shortly before half-time through Juan Quintero&rsq...Full Story »

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