The Press Round-up

(A compilation of Japan Under-23 international Hiroshi Ibusuki’s goals. The giant striker, who made his first senior appearance for Seville FC as a substitute in January, has been named in Takashi Sekizuka’s squad for the Toulon Tournament which begins on Wednesday)

The Asahi Shimbun leads with news that Nobuhiro Ueno, previously head youth coach at Albirex Niigata, is to become interim manager in the wake of the resignation of Hisashi Kurosaki and head coach Takayuki Nishigaya after their 6-1 mauling at the hands of Jubilo Iwata on Matchday Twelve. Albi have been in a downward spiral since Kurosaki’s appointment for the 2010 J.League season, and the 46-year old Ueno, previously a coach at Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kyoto Sanga and who had a spell in management at the JFL’s Zweigen Kanazawa, will lead the side until a permanent appointment has been made.

The Asahi also reports that the Nadeshiko and Under-23 Samurai Blue will play a double-header at the National Olympic Stadium on 11 July as a send-off for the London 2012 games. The women’s team will play 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-finalists Australia, while the men meet New Zealand.

Japan face Azerbaijan in 2012’s Kirin Challenge Cup on Wednesday, and Alberto Zaccheroni has named a squad including both Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in preparation for June’s three AFC Fourth Round Group B 2014 World Cup qualification matches. The full squad is as follows:

Squad No. Position Name Club
1 GK Eiji Kawashima Lierse SK
12 GK Shusaku Nishikawa Sanfrecce Hiroshima
23 GK Shuichi Gonda FC Tokyo
3 DF Yuichi Komano Jubilo Iwata
16 DF Yuzo Kurihara Yokohama F-Marinos
19 DF Yuhei Tokunaga FC Tokyo
2 DF Masakiho Inoha Vissel Kobe
5 DF Yuto Nagatomo Inter Milan
20 DF Tomoaki Makino Urawa Red Diamonds
6 DF Atsuto Uchida Schalke 04
24 DF Hiroki Sakai Kashiwa Reysol
14 MF Kengo Nakamura Kawasaki Frontale
17 MF Makoto Hasebe VfL Wolfsburg
13 MF Hajime Hosogai FC Augsburg
4 MF Keisuke Honda CSKA Moscow
8 MF Hideto Takahashi FC Tokyo
25 MF Ariajasuru Hasegawa FC Tokyo
18 FW Ryoichi Maeda Jubilo Iwata
9 FW Shinji Okazaki VfB Stuttgart
22 FW Takayuki Morimoto Novara
10 FW Shinji Kagawa Borussia Dortmund
21 FW Genki Haraguchi Urawa Red Diamonds
11 FW Ryo Miyaichi Arsenal

And finally, the Yomiuri Shimbun provides details of the twenty player U-23 squad named by Takashi Sekizuka set to compete in the forthcoming Toulon Tournament, which begins on 23 May. The full squad is:

Position Name Club
GK Takuya Masuda Sanfrecce Hiroshima
GK Shunsuke Ando Kawasaki Frontale
DF Yusuke Higa Yokohama F-Marinos
DF Kazuki Oiwa JEF United Chiba
DF Kazuya Yamamura Kashima Antlers
DF Daisuke Suzuki Albirex Niigata
DF Yutaka Yoshida Shimizu S-Pulse
DF Mizuki Hamada Urawa Red Diamonds
DF Gotoku Sakai VfB Stuttgart
MF Kosuke Yamamoto Jubilo Iwata
MF Daisuke Muramatsu Shimizu S-Pulse
MF Kota Mizunuma Sagan Tosu
MF Keigo Higashi Omiya Ardija
MF Takahiro Ogihara Cerezo Osaka
MF Takashi Usami Bayern Munich
MF Yoshiaki Takagi FC Utrecht
FW Yuki Otsu Borussia Mönchengladbach
FW Manabu Saito Yokohama F-Marinos
FW Yuya Osako Kashima Antlers
FW Hiroshi Ibusuki Sevilla Atlético
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