Japanese footballer Shinji Okazaki has confirmed that he would be parting ways with Leicester City when the current season comes to a close. The 33-year-old has been with the Foxes for the past four years but he is prepared to take up a new challenge with the view of playing regularly in the centre-forward position.
The national team of Japanese men will be seen playing an international friendly match opposite El Salvador. The match between Japanese and El Salvador will take place on the 9th of June 9. This announcement has been made by the Japan Football Association (JFA) on Wednesday. It is the top regulatory body of football in Japan. The match is scheduled to take place at the Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi.
Japan national team boss Hajime Moriyasu claims that it will not be easy to build a strong team for the corporate America. There is a lot of hope that Japan will be taking the strongest squad possible for the upcoming Copa America that will take place in Brazil. There is no obligation for overseas clubs to let the Japanese players become available for this tournament. FIFA have sanctioned a date between June 14 and July 7 for this tournament. The clubs that are part of the CONMEBOL federation only have an expectation with regard to the availability of top international stars.
Japanese football is all set to receive a major boost with Manchester City set to visit the country as part of their pre-season tour in 2019. This will be the first time City will visit Japan and they are up against Yokohama F. Marinos as part of the first-ever EuroJapan Cup. It is not a surprise that City are up against this Japanese team, who happen to a sister concern of the group that owns Manchester City. This inaugural match will take place at the Nissan Stadium on July 27.
On 1st February 2019 celebration vibe was pumped up when Qatar beat the team from Japan in the finals of the Asia Cup with a scoreline of 3 – 1. The first thanks for this massive success of Qatar would go to Abdul-Aziz Hatem, Almoez Ali and Afif Akram.
One of the feel-good stories of last season has taken up the prestigious domestic trophy. However, this is hardly positive news. Urawa Red Diamonds of Andrew Nabbout has won the Emperor Cup by defeating Vegalta Sendai 1-0. Yet, they maintain the old record of Oswaldo Oliviera, the manager with a great record when it comes to Japanese football.
Japan were able to come up with a strong performance in the recent game against Kyrgyzstan. It was an impressive performance from the Asian team as they were able to enjoy a dominant 4-0 success in this final friendly match before they step into the Asian Cup next year.RyosukeYamanak, who was making his debut for the national team, was able to score after just two minutes on the clock. This actually set the tone for the match and Genki Haraguchi was able to add another for Japan in the middle of the first half. Japan then gained a strong grip on the match with goals from Yuya Osako and Shoya Nakajima.
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said that his team is ready for the Asian Cup that will be held in the United Arab Emirates in January. He was speaking after his team last friendly game against Kyrgyzstan. Japan managed to win the game by 4-0.
The win means that Japan is now undefeated in 5 games since their new manager Hajime Moriyasu took charge of the team.
New Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu has decided to call up as many as six veterans for the upcoming match against Uruguay and Panama. The 50-year-old will be leading Japan for the first time after recently assuming office. The pressure of winning the first game in charge appears to have made the 50-year-old go for the trusted option veteran players like Yuya Osako, Yuto Nagatomo, and Maya Yoshida. These players will be linking up with the 23 man squad named for the games against Panama and Uruguay. The first of those games will be against Panama at Niigata while the match against Uruguay will be at Saitama.
Moriyasu has been in charge of the Olympic and the senior team since July. He decided to go with a less experienced group of players for the games against Chile and Costa Rica. Even though Japan did not play against Chile due to an earthquake cancellation, the national team did take on Costa Rica in the subsequent friendly match and were able to get a comfortable 3-0 win. The next four matches for the Japanese national team happen to be at home and they provide a good opportunity for Moriyasu to settle into his role. The 50-year-old has a tough job of having to improve Japan, who were unable to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Former Barcelona and Spain international midfielder Andres Iniesta believes that he has made the right decision to move to Japan in order to play for Vissel Kobe. He said that he feels at home in Japan and that he has been welcomed really well by his teammates as well as the fans.
Indeed Andres Iniesta has enjoyed a good opening to his Japanese career and has scored two goals so far this season in the Japanese league.