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.[…]

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.

Japan has replaced their national coach Akira Nishino after their disappointing exit against Belgium. Indeed the Japanese team was leading by 2-0 with only 25 minutes left in the game and was ultimately beaten 3-2. The Japanese Football Federation has decided that they will need another coach if they want the team to progress. Akira Nishino said that he accepts the decision and believes that he has done his best for the team. He said that Japan has done their best in the World Cup and it is unfortunate that they could not win the game against Belgium. He said that they started the match well and did everything they can in order to control the game.

The Japan national football team calendar in 2017 is complete with the national team confirming an international friendly against New Zealand in Nagoya next month. Anthony Hudson’s team, who defeated the Solomon Islands home (6-1) and drew away (2-2) for a 8-3 win on aggregate to book their place in the Intercontinental Playoff in November, will face the World Number 44, Japan on Friday 6 October at Toyota Stadium in Nagoya. While New Zealand won the OFC Final Stage Playoff, Japan defeated Australia 2-0 in the AFC Stage Three Qualifiers to book their place in the FIFA World Cup in 2018. New Zealand boss Hudson said the fixture, which will be for the Kirin Challenge Cup, would be a great[…]

Australian football star Nathan Burns has moved to a Japanese side, reports confirm. The player opted out of likely deals in Australia to move to Japan where he would feature for Sanfrecce Hiroshima. “I am honoured [to join] Sanfreece Hiroshima, which is one of the most successful clubs in Japan,” a statement credited to the player is on the club’s website. Burns is expected to help the J-League side with their ambitions. The club confirmed the move for the 29-year old on Thursday. He was recently released from the deal he had with FC Tokyo but there were reports of offers in the A-League where he was expected to move to.

Asian soccer powerhouse Japan thrashed Thailand 4-0 on Tuesday to get their third successive victory in the AFC World Cup qualifiers. They are now set to top Group B with the result. Former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa scored the first goal in the first ten minutes before his namesake Shinji Okazaki doubled the tally in the 19th minute. After the break, Yuya Kubo made the scorers’ list with his effort in the 57th minute. Maya Yoshida made it four in the 83rd minute. Japan have earned 16 points, three points more than Saudi Arabia who follow closely. Saudi Arabia are meeting Iraq on Tuesday. Australia are in third place after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0. Thai manager KiatisukSenamuangdecided to[…]

Japanese football witnessed yet another record, as Kazuyoshi Miura became the first player over 50 years to get a score in the country’s football league. The player scored for Yokohama FC in the game against Thespa Kasatsu. Miura’s goal made all the difference, earning the team maximum points in the Division 2 clash. The former Japan international said he had “the vibes of a goal” and that he was just trying to stay positive before he netted. The player broke his previous record as the oldest goalscorer in J-league history as he held the record at 49 years, three months and 24 days. He has now set the new record at 50 years and 14 days. He renewed his deal[…]

Japan National U-16 Team, so-called “00 Japan”, started their COPA UC 2016 campaign on Wednesday 14 by drawing to U-17 UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA. The opponents are one of the best clubs in Chile, winning countless domestic youth championships. According to the tournament regulations, the U-17 players of the club are participating this time. The match was held right after the tournament’s opening ceremony. In the great environment with almost 800 fans in attendance including a large group of Japanese supporters, the U-16 Japan squad kicked off their first match. For ’00 Japan’, it was the first official international match since they lost to Iraq in the semi-final of the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016. Despite the fatigue from a long trip[…]

Japan’s coach VahidHalilhodzic believes that the Japanese players need to become more aggressive if they want to progress. He said that the players show too much respect to their opponents and this is what is hindering their progress on the pitch. Japan has made a poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, and there is intense pressure on VahidHalilhodzic to deliver results. There are also talks in Japan about replacing the coach, and they have given him a few more games to turn the results around. However, VahidHalilhodzic believes that he is doing his job and that it is time for the players to do theirs. He said that the Japanese players are far more respectful of their opponents[…]

Vahid Halilhodzic says he would like to see the ‘goals-conceded’ tally of his team to remain nil in the Syria match as well which would mark the end of round no. 1 of AFC qualification for the Samurai Blue. Japan’s net is yet to be shaken by an opposition team so far in world Cup qualification matches which is an incredible record. No team in any AFC group has had so many clean slates in a row. And, it’s not that they have achieved the record through a defensive play. Their ‘goals-scored’ tally is over twenty which means they have scored in abundance and not to forget that the first match they had played was a scoreless draw. So, all[…]