Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Urawa Reds Wed, 10 Aug 2022 02:58:13 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Ex-Leicester midfielder Yuki Abe announces retirement plans]]> <p>Former Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has announced he's retiring.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 16 Nov 2021 21:02:55 +1100 Paul Vegas <![CDATA[WATCH: Ex-Chelsea star Oscar misses TWO penalties for Shanghai SIPG]]> <p>Shanghai SIPG's marquee player Oscar had a night to forget in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. </p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:08:39 +1000 <![CDATA[Inter and Man Utd aces, Milan playmaker, Mainz star in Japan squad]]> <p>Alberto Zaccheroni has named a strong Japan squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.<p>The Italian tactician has called together a 23-man roster for a pre-tournament training camp as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against the Ivory Coast in Recife on June 14.<p>Prior to that, however, the Blue Samurai will meet Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia in friendlies for which they will have the below 23 players to choose from.<p>Inter Milan's Yuto Nagatomo, AC Milan's Keisuke Honda, FC Nurnberg's Makoto Hasebe, Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki are among the 12 European-based representatives while there are 11 players from the J.League also present.<p>Zaccheroni told "It was a struggle to get the list down to 23. I wanted to call up (FIFA president) Sepp Blatter and ask him to let me pick more.<p>"But this group of players knows how I want them to play tactically and understands the team ethic.<p>"We need to make sure our conditioning is perfect. I don't wish to make concrete predictions, and if we lose we'll take it on the chin. But if we play to our potential we have a chance. We're positive. Let's see how far it takes us."<p>23-man Japan squad for World Cup<p>Goalkeepers<p>Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege/BEL)Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds)Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)<p>Defenders<p>Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka)Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata)Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan/ITA)Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo)Atsuto Uchida (Schalke/GER)Maya Yoshida (Southampton/ENG)Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96/GER)Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart/GER)<p>Midfielders<p>Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg/GER)Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)Keisuke Honda (AC Milan/ITA)Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United/ENG)<p>Forwards<p>Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale)Shinji Okazaki (Mainz/GER)Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg/GER)Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka)Manabu Saito (Yokohama F-Marinos)Yuya Osako (1860 Munich/GER)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:46:00 +1000 <![CDATA[Japan skipper Hasebe experiences disastrous debut spell with Nurnberg]]> <p>Makoto Hasebe's first season with FC Nurnberg has not gone to plan after the Franconian outfit was relegated from the German Bundesliga.<p>The 30-year old midfielder, who captains the Japan national team, joined der Club from Wolfsburg in September 2013 but his debut campaign at the Stadion Nurnberg has ended in disaster.<p>Nurnberg were beaten 4-1 by Schalke in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday to remain 17th (second bottom) on the Bundesliga table after losing 11 of their last 12 matches.<p>Hasebe played a full 90 minutes on the weekend in his return from a five-month absence because of a knee injury to notch up just his 14th start of the 2013/14 campaign.<p>The former Urawa Reds star is expected to be named in Alberto Zaccheroni's preliminary Blue Samurai squad for the 2014 World Cup which will be announced early this week.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mon, 12 May 2014 04:06:34 +1000 <![CDATA[Bundesliga suits Japanese style of play - Hertha's Hosogai]]> <p>Hertha Berlin's Hajime Hosogai believes the German Bundesliga is perfectly suited to Japanese players.<p>The 27-year old Blue Samurai midfielder has been in Germany's top flight since joining Bayer Leverkusen from Urawa Reds in 2011 before moving on to Hertha last year.<p>Hosogai is joined by the likes of Shinji Okazaki (FSV Mainz), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Makoto Hasebe and Hiroshi Kiyotake (both FC Nurnberg), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96), Takashi Inui (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Gotoku Sakai (VfB Stuttgart) in the Bundesliga and feels they are all suited in Germany.<p>"You can measure up to many great players each week," he said.<p>"Many Japanese players have found their way here, and that also shows how our style of play appeals to the Bundesliga. Because of this, the Bundesliga is becoming increasingly popular in Japan."<p>Hosogai's Hertha came up against Nurnberg on the weekend but Kiyotake's side (Hasebe is out injured) had the last laugh with a 3-1 away win.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 02:58:34 +1100 <![CDATA[Ex-Japan ace Ono set to quit Western Sydney ]]> <p>Shinji Ono is set to leave Western Sydney Wanderers in order to return to his native Japan.<p>The 34-year old midfielder will depart the A-League club in May when his contract expires to join J-2 League club Consadole Sapporo.<p>"Shinji is the ultimate professional on and off the field and the ultimate gentleman. He will leave us with long lasting memories of his time with our club," said Wanderers chief executive Lyall Gorman.<p>"He is committed to the Wanderers until the end of his contract in May this year which will see him help lead our club in its 2014 Asian Champions League debut and hopefully a second Hyundai A-League Finals Series.<p>"Shinji Ono will forever be remembered in our Club folklore and on behalf of the entire Wanderers family we look forward to making the final months of his time in Australia with the Wanderers a memorable one.<p>"He will always be a part of the Wanderers family and story as history records it over time. We wish him every success in his return to his homeland and thank him for his incredible contribution to our club's birth and journey thus far."<p>The former Feyenoord star, who played 56 times for Japan, joined the Wanderers from Shimizu S-Pulse in September 2012. Previously he spent time with Urawa Reds as well as German side VfL Bochum.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:32:07 +1100 <![CDATA[Former Nurnberg defender Spiranovic joins Western Sydney]]> <p>Matthew Spiranovic has joined Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2013/14 A-League season.<p>The 25-year old centre-back has signed with last season's runners-up just 11 days out from the new campaign after leaving Qatari outfit Al-Arabi earlier this year.<p>The Geelong-born former FC Nurnberg and Urawa Reds man will provide competition in the Wanderers defence which already consists of Michael Beauchamp and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.<p>Spiranovic recently trained with former club Melbourne Victory as well as undergoing a couple of trials in Europe.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href= target=new></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 03:50:46 +1000 <![CDATA[Hasebe makes move from Wolfsburg to Nurnberg]]> <p>Makoto Hasebe has departed VfL Wolfsburg to join Bundesliga rivals FC Nurnberg.<p>The 29-year old Japan defensive midfielder passed a medical with Nurnberg on Sunday and was officially unveiled on Monday morning.<p>Hasebe joined Wolfsburg from Urawa Reds in 2008, making over 150 appearances, and arrives at Nurnberg to replace veteran Timmy Simons who recently joined Belgian side Club Brugge.<p>"After the surprise transfer of Timmy Simons, we thought a lot about how we could compensate for his loss," said Nurnberg's sporting director Martin Bader.<p>"Makoto Hasebe was soon identified as a suitable solution. The reason it took so long is because he has such a high standing in Wolfsburg after six years there."<p>Nurnberg manager Michael Wiesinger added: "Makoto is a player who brings leadership qualities with him and who has convinced us in terms of his character. He knows the Bundesliga well and will help us immediately."<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 04:41:56 +1000 <![CDATA[Vermaelen out of Arsenal's Asia tour]]> <p>Thomas Vermaelen will miss Arsenal's preseason tour of Asia.<p>The Gunners skipper is battling a back problem and has revealed that he will not be available for any of the Far East fixtures.<p>"Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks," said the Belgian centre-back.<p>"I will be staying in London ... to receive the right treatment. Of course I will do my best to return on the pitch soon, and I will keep you posted on my progress."<p>During the Asian visit, Arsenal will meet an Indonesian Dream Team in Jakarta on Sunday, before taking on Vietnam in Hanoi on July 17, J.League club Nagoya Grampus on July 22 and fellow Japanese side Urawa Reds on July 26.<p>&nbsp;<a href= target=new>The game is about opinions. Make yours heard! Join nation on Facebook today:</a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:17:46 +1000 <![CDATA[Arsenal midfielder Wilshere big fan of Japan national team]]> <p>Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire admits he's a big fan of Japan's national team.<p>Arsenal will play two matches in the country later this month - against Nagoya Grampus and Urawa Reds - as part of this summer's Far East tour.<p>"Without a shadow of a doubt [there could be a future World Cup winner from Asia]," he told Arsenal Player. "They have great players and there are more and more in Europe these days.<p>"Japan can be a force to be reckoned with. They have a great national team and it will be interesting to go over there and face their teams. When we play against them with England we know we are in for a tough game.<p>"The players are more technically gifted than physically gifted. They keep the ball well and they cover a lot of ground, so they are tough opponents."</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:35:52 +1000