J-League top scorer Takashi Usami and Mainz-bound forward Yoshinori Muto were among 25 players named by Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for this month's World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly against Iraq.
Japan open their World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five days after hosting Iraq in Yokohama.
"Usami has tremendous talent and will only get better," Halilhodzic said of the Gamba Osaka striker. "He has a lot to offer to the national team."
How long can you be underrated when you are continually described that way? Perhaps Shinji Okazaki knows, even if that phase of the Japanese forward's career is behind him. The Mainz man, who is now one of Bundesliga's best, has been the club's go-to-guy for goals over the past two seasons. Fans in Germany as well as Asia know what Okazaki has to offer, but it looks like it is time for him to move on.
There is talk of Leicester City readying a bid of around $12 million for the striker. There is...
TOKYO -- Japanese club FC Tokyo have signed 13-year-old prospect Takefusa Kubo from Barcelona.
Kubo, who earned the nickname the 'Japanese Messi', signed with Barcelona in 2011 to train at La Masia academy but FIFA ruled that the Spanish club violated international transfer regulations over the signing of young players, forcing the teenager to return home.
After being handed a 14-month transfer ban, Barcelona are now unable to recruit any new players until the 2016 January window while Kubo, who...
Singapore's 2018 World Cup qualification game against Japan on June 16 has been moved from the city state to Saitama in Japan.
The return match in Group E between the two nations on Nov. 12 will now be hosted by Singapore.
The tweaking of the schedule means Bernd Stange's side face the daunting prospect of taking on four time Asian champions Japan on their home turf just five days after their first game, also an away match against Cambodia.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and world governing...