Created: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Written by Matsu

Going Through the Motions

Japan's first home match in 2022 World Cup qualification was played on Thursday evening, against that mighty footballing behemoth, Mongolia. If that intro doesnt set your pulse to racing . . . . well . . . . to be honest, this report on the Samurai Blue's performance isnt going to do so either. So pull up a pillow, and . . . .

Read more: Japan-Mongolia 191010

Created: Thursday, 19 September 2019
Written by Alan Gibson

Current Kyoto Sanga head coach Gert Engels is interviewed in issue 28 of JSoccer Magazine - and the pages are clipped for your perusal below! You can get an actal paper copy of the magazine by sending $10 inc. worldwide shipping to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via Paypal, and leaving your address! Enjoy the musings of a man who has been in our game longer than many of us have been alive!

Read more: Gert Engels - A Life in Football

Created: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Written by Matsu

Clash of the Titans

The J.League resumed play this weekend, as the season moves into its final stretch. The top four teams all played one another, and the results narrowed the title chase significantly. 

Read more: J1 190914

Created: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Written by Matsu

A Rainy Night in Myanmar

Japan's opening match in 2022 World Cup qualification was played on Tuesday evening, in Myanmar. Though one match generally doesnt tell the whole story, Samurai Blue fans may have received some hints about Coach Moriyasu's plans for the future of the National Team.

Read more: Japan-Myanmar 190910

Created: Thursday, 05 September 2019
Written by Matsu

Back to Basics

Japan's friendly against Paraguay served as Coach Moriyasu's final opportunity to prepare for the start of World Cup qualification. While June's trip to South America seemed like more of a rehearsal for the 2020 Olympics, this contest featured an older, more mature unit.

Read more: Japan-Paraguay 190905

Created: Friday, 19 July 2019
Written by Matsu

Blue Dolphins Mob Chelsea

It has been a while since Japan has hosted a real high-profile summer tour by major European clubs. Kawasaki fans will have enjoyed the return of international club friendlies, as the Blue Dolphins snatched a winning goal at the close, for a 1-0 victory.

Read more: Frontale-Chelsea

Created: Thursday, 27 June 2019
Written by Alan Gibson

Japan Building for Future Challenges  

Created: Friday, 21 June 2019
Written by Matsu


Young Samurai Blue Maturing in Copa America Draw

In Japan's second Copa America match against Uruguay, a relatively young squad put on a solid display and boosted optimism for the future, despite surrendering a lead twice, and having to settle for a single point. 

Read more: Japan-Uruguay 190620

Created: Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Written by Matsu


Immature Opening to Copa America

A thoroughly inexperienced flock of pretenders wearing Samurai Blue jerseys was led out like sheep to the slaughter on Monday, in Japan's opening Copa America match against Chile. Perhaps result was no surprise, but that did not make it any easier to watch.

Read more: Japan-Chile 190618

Created: Sunday, 09 June 2019
Written by Matsu

 

Countdown to Copa

In its final tuneup before this summer's trip to South America, the Samurai Blue provided fans with reason for genuine optimism. As "experimental" as the squad may be, this unit looks like in could make a real impact . . . . in time.

Read more: Japan-Elsalvador 190609

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