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HOME > National Teams > NEWS > SAMURAI BLUE's 8 European-based men work out with energy


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SAMURAI BLUE's 8 European-based men work out with energy

03 June 2015

SAMURAI BLUE's 8 European-based men work out with energy

The Japan Football Association announced the SAMURAI BLUE squad on 1 June for the Kirin Challenge Cup 2015 match against Iraq on 11 June and the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Asian Qualifiers Round 2, combined with the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE Qualifiers, against Singapore on 16 June. Eight players who were selected to the squad and play for a European club assembled on 1 June after their league's season came to the end. Today as the second day of their training, they worked up a sweat with morning and afternoon training sessions.

The eight players who joined the team on 1 June were KAWASHIMA Eiji (Royal Standard de Liege/Belgium), YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton FC/England), SAKAI Hiroki (Hannover 96/Germany), SAKAI Gotoku (VfB Stuttgart/Germany), HASEBE Makoto (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany), KIYOTAKE Hiroshi (Hannover 96/Germany), OSAKO Yuya (1. FC KOLN/Germany) and HARAGUCHI Genki (Hertha BSC Berlin/Germany). While the European-based players worked on physical training to tune up their condition in the morning, they went through circuit training with balls in the afternoon and ended the day with a small-sided scrimmage at the end.

Players' Comments

KAWASHIMA Eiji (Royal Standard de Liege/Belgium)
As the season of the league finished, I need to work on conditioning. We are having rational training, so I want to put a strain on my body and get myself in good shape for the upcoming matches from now on. I'm motivated by training with other three goalkeepers and will work hard to show my presence to get the spot to play a match.

YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton FC/England)
I think we haven't worked on such physically-demanding training before in a national team camp. I strongly feel head coach's passion. Everyone finished his season and came here, so they may be extremely tired. I think the head coach is trying to adjust our condition to get into training in form when other teammates join us. I'll definitely keep up with it. We are told it's not worth giving a position to us if we fail to survive, so I'll go out with a sense of urgency.

JFA-TV(Japanese version only)

  • Interview - KAWASHIMA Eiji (Royal Standard de Liege/Belgium)

  • Interview - YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton FC/England)


Mon. 1 June PM Training
Tue. 2 June AM/PM Training
Wed. 3 June 17:00 Training
Thu. 4 June 17:00 Training
Fri. 5 June 17:00 Training
Sat. 6 June 17:00 Training
Sun. 7 June 17:00 Training
Mon. 8 June PM Training
Tue. 9 June PM Training
Wed. 10 June TBD Official Training
Thu. 11 June 19:00
(subject to change)
vs.  Iraq National Team (Nissan Stadium)
Fri. 12 June PM Training
Sat. 13 June PM Training
Sun. 14 June PM Training
Mon. 15 June TBD Official Training
Tue. 16 June 19:30
(subject to change)
2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualifiers Round 2
vs.  Singapore National Team (Saitama Stadium 2002)

Note: The schedule is subject to change.

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