In their second match of the BSWW Mundialito Gran Canaria 2022 held in Gran Canaria, Spain, the Japan Beach Soccer National Team got off to a strong start with AKAGUMA Takuya (Lazo Apego Kitakyusyu) scoring the opening goal in the first minute, with the assist coming from KIBUNE Yuki (Averdade Kumamoto BS).

TANAKA Hayate (Tokyo Verdy BS) scored the second goal in the eighth minute, when he redirected the clearance of the opposing goalkeeper to extend the Japanese lead, but Spain responded right back, scoring a goal in the very next play, as Japan finished the first period with a 2-1 lead.


Arsenal defender TakehiroTomiyasu has been missing in action as far as preseason is concerned for the Gunners. The Japan international has not been with the Arsenal team since they started preseason at the start of last week. He has been absent after his involvement with Japan during last month’s set of international games. To this effect, the Japan star has missed the preseason friendly wins over Ipswich Town and Nuremberg. He’s expected to report back to training at the start of the new week.

Tomiyasu was missing from the Arsenal squad as they began their preseason friendlies this summer with the 5-1 thumping of English League One opposition Ipswich Town at their London Colney training ground last week Saturday. Eddie Nketiah was the star of the show after he scored a hat-trick during the game, while Albert-Sambi Lokonga was also on the scoresheet. Young Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun came off the bench to score the fifth Arsenal goal in the second half.


Asian team Japan are now on an eight-match unbeaten run after thrashing Paraguay 4-1 at home in an international friendly clash on Thursday. Japan are going to the World Cup in Qatar, while Paraguay didn’t qualify for the tournament and it was not a surprise that the Asians had too much firepower for their South American visitors.

Japan took a two-nil lead into the break through the goals from VFL Bochum striker Takuma Asano and Europa League winner DaichiKamada. Asano gave the hosts the lead nine from the break before Kamada doubled the lead six minutes later an.d three minutes from the break.Derlis Gonzalez pulled one back for the Paraguayans on 59 minutes, but Japan restored their two-goal lead within one minute thanks to the goal from Kaoru Mitomi who plays his club football for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League and was on loan at SG Union in the Belgian league for the 2021/22 season. SubstituteAo Tanaka sealed the win for the home side five minutes from time.


Japan international TakehiroTomiyasu made a welcomed return to the Arsenal starting XI for the London Derby encounter with hosts West Ham United in the Premier League after several months out with injury.

Arsenal fans showed their delight towards his return from injury when they cheered him as he came on as a late substitute during the 3-1 home win over Manchester United in the league penultimate weekend. He made his return from injury against the Red Devils after almost four months. His last appearance was when the Japan national team defender was rushed back from injury after a week for him to feature in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal tie with Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. He was clearly unfit as Liverpool beat hosts Arsenal 2-0 through a pair of goals from Diogo Jota either side of the interval to book their place in the Carabao Cup final via a 2-0 aggregate victory. Liverpool would go on to beat Chelsea on penalties in the final for their first trophy this season.


Ambitious big-spending Singaporean side Lion City Sailors received a harsh welcome to the AFC Champions League on Friday as they dropped their Group F opener, losing 4-1 to Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds at the Chang Arena in Buriram.

By virtue of winning the 2021 Singapore Premier League, Lion City Sailors became only the third Singaporean side to play in the AFC Champions League after Warriors FC and Tampines Rovers. In preparation for Asia’s premier club competition, the Sailors had done their homework – ACL-winning head coach Kim Do-hoon and Brazilian midfielder Diego Lopes were retained from last season, while another ACL veteran in striker Kim Shin-wook.


38-year-old Nigerian and former Super Eagles striker Peter Utaka is still making headlines even though not a lot of peoppw would still remember the name. While playing for the Nigerian Super Eagles national team, Utaka was one of the brightest talents in the squad. He had a decent club career and after playing for a ciuooe of clubs in Europe after his rise to srarfom, he is now in Asia, playing in the Japanese league. He has been the talk of the town in recent times following his impressive performances in the last couple of games.

The 38-year-old Nigerian striker, who has been exiled to Asia for the past ten years, is having a ball in the land of the rising sun. On Friday, he celebrated his Kyoto club’s return to the Japanese top flight by scoring the only goal of the game against Urawa Red Diamonds in the opening round of the J-League. The former international, who won 7 caps and scored 3 goals for the Super Eagles, has been playing in Asia for a decade.


Australian League outfit Brisbane Roar have announced that they have completed the signing of Japanese striker Ryo Wada on loan for the rest of the season. He has been brought in to help the club to a strong finish to the end of the current A-League campaign. His signing comes as a result of Roar’s attackers finding it hard to find the back of the net so far. Wada has been brought in from Japanese club Sagan Tosu and the Australian club are hopeful that he could help solve their lack of goalscoring problems.

The 26-year-old striker will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Riki Danzaki following his successful stint with the Roar. Danzaki was in some fine form for the Roar last season as he played in 2y games and managed to score 9 goals during that period. He was at the club on loan from Consadole Sapporo but the deal was not made permanent.


Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu was not in the Arsenal team that lost to English Championship giants Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup. The Japan national team defender missed the Nottingham Forest game in their FA Cup due to a tight calf.

In the absence of Japan international Tomiyasu at right-back, Portugal international Cedric Soares was given the nod and he didn’t really impress as his performance against the Championship team showed why Tomiyasu is the undisputed first choice right-back at the club.


North London giants Arsenal have one of the best home forms in the Premier League and they would be hoping to maintain it with two games in the next five days. The Gunners are one of a few teams who have dropped points in just two home games in the Premier League this season.

In terms of points-per-game at home in the Premier League, only Liverpool have a better record than Arsenal this season and this is despite the fact that they lost their first game at home this season. In their first league game at home, the Gunners were missing several players due to injury as RomeluLukaku and Reece James found the back of the net in a 2-0 win for Chelsea.


North London giants Arsenal have turned the corner defensively in the Premier League since they conceded nine goals in their first three games and Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu is a big part of the newfound defensive solidity at the club.

Eyebrows were raised when Arsenal signed Japan national team utility defender Tomiyasu from Italian Serie A side Bologna, but he has been able to provehis doubters wrong with several assured displays in the Gunners defence. The Japan player has started all the seven Premier League matches since his arrival from Bologna on the final day of this summer’s transfer window. Tomiyasu is part of the Arsenal defence with four clean sheets in the last seven games. The Gunners have conceded just four goals in the seven league games with the clean sheet recorded in the away game against the Foxes at the weekend. Also, Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games away from home in the Premier League.