Kagawa

  • As it happened: Japan vs Colombia and Greece vs Ivory Coast, World Cup 2014 June 25, 2014

    Catch all the Live updates from both the Group C matches as Japan look for missing spark against Colombia whereas Greece take on a resurgent Ivory Coast. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Coach Alberto Zaccheroni must urgently find a way to unlock Japan's attacking potential against already-qualified Colombia but...
  • World Cup 2014: Shinji Kagawa selection dilemma hangs over Japan June 22, 2014

    Cuiaba: Alberto Zaccheroni is facing arguably the most important team selection of his four-year tenure in Japan, and once again it revolves around whether to start star playmaker Shinji Kagawa. With just one point from their first two Group C matches, Japan must beat already-qualified Colombia on Tuesday and hope for...
  • World Cup, Japan vs Greece: as it happened June 20, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group C match between Japan and Greece at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece must fix defence to survive against Japan June 19, 2014

    Natal, Brazil: Rock-solid defenders who constantly chase, tackle and bully their opponents have been the key to Greece tactics ever since they became European champions in 2004. A decade ago, that team conceded a miserly four goals at Euro 2004 and its successor only conceded four in qualifying to secure its...
  • As it happened: Ivory Coast vs Japan, World Cup 2014 June 15, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the second Group C match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife. (Scroll down for the Live blog) It's a contest of brawn and bravado against pace and finesse. The muscular Ivory Coast team could not be more different at first...
  • World Cup 2014: Kagawa wants world to take notice of Japan in Brazil June 14, 2014

    Asian champions Japan need to show the world how good they are and the best place to display their abilities is in Brazil, according to midfielder Shinji Kagawa. The Blue Samurai won a record fourth Asian Cup in Qatar three years ago and were the first side to qualify for this...
  • Japan counting on Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa at football World Cup June 10, 2014

    Brazil: One is a bleach blond dynamo who combines street muscle with a creative touch. The other is a featherweight who darts in and out of impossible spaces wearing a mischievous grin. Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa are Japan's biggest stars - and the heart of their team's attack. Both are coming...
  • Honda, Kagawa selected in Japan's football World Cup squad May 20, 2014

    Tokyo: Alberto Zaccheroni has picked AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda among 12 Europe-based players in Japan's 23-man World Cup squad. Honda has scored just one goal since joining Milan from CSKA Moscow in January but played a key role in Japan's qualifying campaign. Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Mainz forward...
  • Japan's Yoichiro Kakitani's goal drought puts WC place in jeopardy May 2, 2014

    Yoichiro Kakitani's goal drought in the J-League has put his position in Japan's World Cup squad in jeopardy. Once considered a lock for Brazil, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder has yet to score for Cerezo Osaka in 10 J-League matches this season. Meanwhile his attacking partner, Uruguay veteran Diego Forlan, has scored...
  • Benched Kagawa's concerns valid ahead of World Cup September 12, 2013

    Seoul: Shinji Kagawa had little choice but to make his frustration public, knowing that a lack of game time at Manchester United could have ramifications for his World Cup aspirations with Japan. With the countdown on to Brazil 2014 and competition for places increasing, even the biggest names from the Asian...
  • Kagawa frustrated by lack of playing time at Manchester United September 11, 2013

    Yokohama: Shinji Kagawa has expressed frustration at being omitted from Manchester United's lineup this season after scoring in Japan's 3-1 friendly win over Ghana. Kagawa, who has yet to see playing time this season under David Moyes, scored a superb equalizer in the second half Tuesday as Japan beat an experimental...
  • Italy overhaul Japan to reach Confederation Cup semis June 20, 2013

    Recife, Brazil: Substitute Sebastian Giovinco tapped in a late goal to secure Italy a thrilling 4-3 win over Japan on Wednesday and a semi-final berth in the Confederations Cup. Giovinco slotted home the winner in the 86th minute after latching onto a cross in the area, capping a pulsating contest that...
  • Japan's Kagawa the dangerman: De Rossi June 19, 2013

    Recife: Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi picked out Japan's Shinji Kagawa as the dangerman for his side ahead of their Confederations Cup match on Wednesday. "I only know three or four Japanese players and the most talked about is the one that plays for Manchester United, Kagawa, he is the...
  • Japan name 23-man squad for Confederations Cup June 5, 2013

    Tokyo: A Japan squad without any surprises was chosen for the Confederations Cup on Wednesday, a day after the team secured a fifth straight World Cup appearance. Keisuke Honda, whose goal in stoppage time allowed Japan to draw 1-1 with Australia and qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, and Manchester...
  • Out-of-sorts Rooney no longer getting goals that matter April 19, 2013

    Manchester: For striker Wayne Rooney to be taken off the pitch because Manchester United needed a vital goal was once inconceivable but is now the reality facing a player whose future at the club is as shaky as his form. "We had to get that goal that mattered," was manager Alex...
  • Jordan deny Japan's bid to secure World Cup spot March 27, 2013

    Amman: Jordan stunned Japan 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, denying the Asian power the chance to become the first team secure a berth in Brazil. Khalil Baniateyah headed home the opening goal from a corner just before half-time. After the break, Japan pressed for the equaliser that would...
  • Kagawa hat-trick gives Man Utd 4-0 win over Norwich March 3, 2013

    Manchester: Shinji Kagawa scored a hat-trick on Saturday as Manchester United kept their firm grip on the Premier League title with a 4-0 win over Norwich at Old Trafford. The Japan international put United ahead right before half-time and then added two more in the second half to make sure United...
  • Japan's Kagawa named AFC Player of the Year November 29, 2012

    Kuala Lumpur: Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa won the inaugural Asian Football Confederation (AFC) International Player-of-the-Year award on Thursday. The 23-year-old Manchester United midfielder beat Japan team-mate Yuto Nagatomo of Inter Milan and Australia's veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer of Fulham to the award in Kuala Lumpur. Kagawa produced a number of impressive...
  • Kagawa, Schwarzer nominated for new AFC award November 18, 2012

    Singapore: Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa and his Japanese team mate Yuto Nagatomo have been nominated for the AFC's first Asian International Player of the Year award. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the three-man shortlist for the new honour on Sunday along with the nominees...
  • Manchester United's Kagawa unfit for Chelsea clash October 26, 2012

    London: Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee injury, manager Alex Ferguson said on Friday. The Japanese international was substituted at halftime of United's 3-2 victory over Braga in the Champions League on Tuesday. "Shinji Kagawa is going to be out...
  • Shinji Kagawa injury scare for Manchester United October 24, 2012

    London: Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa picked up an injury during the first half of last night's 3-2 comeback win over Braga and he is due for tests on Wednesday to discover the extent of the problem. The Japan international was replaced at half time by Nani after he picked...
  • Van Persie scores as United beat Fulham 3-2 August 25, 2012

    Manchester: The shade of the shirt may have changed but Robin van Persie remains a red-hot Dutch master after marking his first Manchester United start with a goal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday. Having swapped the crimson of Arsenal for the red checks of United's new...
  • United, Barcelona ready for pre-season showdown August 7, 2012

    Manchester United and Barcelona look to start their season on a good note when they play in a pre-season friendly at Gothenbrug in Sweden on Wednesday. The last time both teams played one another was the Champions League final in 2010 in which the Catalans thumped Alex Ferguson's men 3-1...
  • Dortmund midfielder Kagawa holds Ferguson talks May 17, 2012

    Manchester: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has spoken to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and would like to move to an English Premier League club, the Japanese international said on Wednesday. "It was good to meet and actually talk to him. He had some nice things to say to me," the...