Mongolia awaits star players in 2022 World Cup qualifying
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is...
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Stuttgart has appointed former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat as sporting director.
Kagawa stars with 2 goals in 3 minutes on Besiktas debut
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Shinji Kagawa scored two goals in three minutes after coming on for his Besiktas debut in a 6-2 win at Antalyaspor in the Turkish league on Sunday.
The Japanese star, who moved from Borussia Dortmund to Besiktas on the last day of the winter transfer window on Thursday, came on in the 81st minute with his team leading 4-1.
Shinji Kagawa leaves Dortmund again, this time for Besiktas
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund's Japan international Shinji Kagawa has turned down Bundesliga rival Hannover and instead joined Turkish side Besiktas on loan.
Dortmund says Kagawa requested the move. The 29-year-old midfielder had only made two league appearances this season and did not feature prominently in coach Lucien Favre's plans.
Coach Moriyasu goes with youth in Japan squad for Asian Cup
TOKYO (AP) — Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Salzburg's Takumi Minamino have been included in a Japan squad that will be missing Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa at next month's Asian Cup.
The Jan. 5-Feb. 1 tournament in the United Arab Emirates will be Japan's first Asian Cup under head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who has a record of four wins and a draw since succeeding Akira Nishino after the World Cup in Russia.
WORLD CUP: Sudden coaching change shakes Japan preparations
Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic.
The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the trust and communication issues swirling around the team.
While Halilhodzic secured qualification for Russia with a game to spare, Japan was not always convincing.
Japan coach plays it safe in naming 23-man World Cup squad
TOKYO (AP) — Japan coach Akira Nishino is relying heavily on veteran players with previous World Cup experience in his 23-man squad for the tournament.
Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki were among almost a dozen named Thursday who represented Japan four years ago in Brazil when the country failed to advance from the group stage.
Honda, Kagawa named to Japan squad for Ghana friendly
TOKYO (AP) — New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa on Friday to Japan's squad for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama.
Japan is expected to name its final 23-man squad for the World Cup on May 31, several days ahead of the June 4 deadline.
The two had struggled to make the team under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But Nishino made it clear they are critical.
Japan coach Halilhodzic ready to give young players a chance
While established players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda should play a big role for Japan at the World Cup, coach Vahid Halilhodzic has indicated that many spots remain open and it's time for the next generation to step up.
Halilhodzic named a 26-man roster for friendlies against Mali on March 23 and Ukraine on March 27 and there were a few surprises.
Honda returns to Japan squad for March friendlies
TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda was among 26 players named by Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday for two friendlies against Mali and Ukraine at the end of March.
Honda, who hasn't played for Japan since September's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, has four goals in 11 games for Mexican side Pachuca this season.
Japan takes on Mali on March 23 and Ukraine on March 27. Both games will be held at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liege, Belgium.
Dortmund held again after dropping Aubameyang for 2nd game
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund was held to another Bundesliga draw on Friday as the club dropped star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the second match in a row.
Shinji Kagawa salvaged a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin when he capitalized on a rare defensive lapse from the otherwise well-organized home side with 20 minutes remaining.
"We have to live with the point," said Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger, whose side missed the chance to go second ahead of the rest of the 19th round.
Dortmund finally wins again in Stoeger’s first game as coach
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund finally ended its winless streak in the Bundesliga by beating Mainz 2-0 in Peter Stoeger's first game in charge on Tuesday.
Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos broke the deadlock in the 55th minute and Shinji Kagawa sealed it in the 89th after Dortmund missed a host of chances to do so.
It was Dortmund's first league win at the ninth attempt since September, and only its second in 14 games across all competitions.
Tottenham forward Son wins Asian Player of the Year award
BANGKOK (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has won the International Asian Player of the Year award.
The South Korean finished at the top of a three-man shortlist reserved for Asians who play overseas, finishing ahead of Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy (Australia) and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa (Japan).
The 25-year-old Son helped Tottenham finish second in the English league last season, scoring 14 goals. He also helped South Korea qualify for its ninth straight World Cup.
Mooy, Kagawa and Son in running for Asian award
SYDNEY (AP) — Emerging Australian soccer star Aaron Mooy and former winners Shinji Kagawa of Japan and South Korean Son Heung-min make up the shortlist for this year's Asian International Player of the Year award.
And Ange Postecoglou — who's still to decide whether he'll take Australia to the World Cup after guiding it into next year's finals — is among the nominees for Asian Coach of the Year.
Dortmund faces Champions League exit after draw with APOEL
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia played out a 1-1 draw on Wednesday which left both facing near-certain elimination from the Champions League.
Dortmund dominated but Raphael Guerreiro's opener was canceled out by Mickael Pote, who scored for APOEL in its second successive 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga side.
The draw left Dortmund and APOEL third and fourth respectively in Group H on two points apiece.
Dortmund shrugs off mini-slump to win 5-0 in German Cup
BERLIN (AP) — Defending champion Borussia Dortmund used the German Cup to bounce back from a recent dip in form by racking up a 5-0 win at third-division Magdeburg in the second round on Tuesday.
Dortmund, which hadn't won in three games across all competitions, attacked from the start with Maximilian Philipp striking the post and Alexander Isak drawing a good save from Alexander Brunst on the rebound.
Kagawa becomes highest Japanese scorer in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Shinji Kagawa became the highest scoring Japanese player in the Bundesliga by showing a touch of class to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday.
Kagawa, who scored 21 league goals in his first stint at Dortmund from 2010-12 before leaving for Manchester United, has 17 in his second stint after rejoining the club in 2014.
Honda among 27 Japan players named for World Cup qualifiers
TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda is among 27 players named to Japan's squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be counting on the experience of the veteran playmaker who scored in his debut for Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan star Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund by two years until June 2020.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says "Shinji feels a very strong connection to this club, the city and our fans."
The 28-year-old Kagawa, now in his second stint at Dortmund after two seasons at Manchester United, has scored 36 goals and set up 33 in 127 Bundesliga games for the side.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro has been ruled out for three to four months after having surgery on a foot injury on Monday.
Dortmund says that Guerreiro's injury, initially said to be bruising that he sustained playing for Portugal in the Confederations Cup, was found to be a fracture following examinations back in Germany.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Germany World Cup hero Mario Goetze is expected to return to training with Borussia Dortmund when the side reconvenes from its summer break on Friday.
Goetze hasn't played since January and was diagnosed in February with "metabolic disturbances" following months of recurring muscular problems.
The 25-year-old Goetze completed just four games in 11 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund since returning from Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich last summer.
TOKYO (AP) — Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa will miss Japan's World Cup qualifier against Iraq because of a dislocated left shoulder, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday.
Kagawa injured his left shoulder 10 minutes into Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Syria at Tokyo Stadium. He was carried off the field and replaced by Shu Kurata.
TOKYO (AP) — Yasuyuki Konno scored midway through the second half Wednesday to give Japan a 1-1 draw with Syria in a friendly.
Japan travels to Tehran to take on Iraq in a Group B qualifier on Tuesday but could be without Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who injured his left shoulder 10 minutes into the match at Tokyo Stadium. Kagawa was stretchered off the field and replaced by Shu Kurata.