Created: Friday, 18 January 2019
Written by Matsu


Asian Cup: Home Advantage

An all-reserve Samurai Blue put on a very solid showing against Uzbekistan on Thursday, claiming victory thanks to the contributions of an Al-Ain "local favourite".

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Created: Monday, 14 January 2019
Written by Matsu


Asian Cup: Stuck in Neutral

Japan punched their ticket to the Asian Cup knockout round, but in underwhelming fashion. Though they did control the game almost completely, failure to find the net shows that the team is still having trouble getting into gear.

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Created: Thursday, 10 January 2019
Written by Matsu


Asian Cup: Half-Empty? Half-Full?

Japan recorded their first victory of the 2019 Asian Cup, though certainly not in stellar fashion. It is easy to identify the weaknesses, but in a tournament that often troubles more fancied participants, the Samurai Blue at least managed to get the job done.

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Created: Thursday, 20 December 2018
Written by JSoccerEurope

Kagawa on the Move?

Shinji Kagawa is reportedly looking to leave the Bundesliga leaders in the January transfer window. Where could the Japan playmaker end up?

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Created: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Written by Matsu


Moriyasu Japan Still Perfect

Japan recorded their third straight victory under coach Hajime Moriyasu, setting a record for the best start in National Team history, and demonstrating once more that the Samurai Blue have discarded the uncertainties and inadequacies of the past, and are ready to handle truly world class competition .

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Created: Friday, 12 October 2018
Written by Matsu


Moriyasu Japan Two for Two

Japan's second match under Hajime Moriyasu was almost a carbon copy of the first, as the Samurai Blue mowed down Panama in the most businesslike and comprehensive manner imaginable.

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Created: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Written by Matsu

September Survival

As the J.League moves into its final stretch run, the title race is beginning to tighten up, albeit with only two teams in real contention (Sanfrecce and Frontale). At the bottom end of the rankings, however, the tension is rising and the margin for error narrowing.

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Created: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Written by Matsu

Takin Care of Business

As the 2018 J.League season enters the final stretch, the title chase has narrowed to just two real contenders. But everyone else needs to take care of business, since over half of the teams in the league are still within a loss or two of relegation danger.

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Created: Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Written by Matsu


Dream Start for Moriyasu Japan

The Moriyasu Era got off to a brilliant start on Tuesday, with one of the most comprehensive victories for the Samurai Blue in years. Although there were certainly some things to criticise or question, for a first glimpse at the new generation, this was about as good as anyone could have hoped for.

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Created: Sunday, 02 September 2018
Written by Alan Gibson


Grampus Grab Six Goals, Seven Wins In-a-Row. Gamba Hit Frontale's Championship Hopes!

by Hugh Joshiri

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