Maya Yoshida


FC Schalke 04 bids farewell to eight first-team players

The last few months have been intensive for FC Schalke 04, whose courageous efforts to catch up to and surpass the points tallies of those teams around them in the relegation battle were sadly not rewarded with the retention of S04’s Bundesliga status. As a result, several players are set to leave the club.


Maya Yoshida: Fighting for survival together

Maya Yoshida was forced to miss two Bundesliga matches due to a muscle strain, but the centre-back made his comeback in the 2-1 win against Werder Bremen. Joining him in central defence for the first time since matchday one was Marcin Kamiński.


Maya Yoshida: I always believed in us

Schalke have conceded just one goal from six games in the second half of the season, an impressive feat. On top of that excellent defensive record, Thomas Reis’ side are now unbeaten in six games too after winning 2-0 in Bochum on Saturday (4/3). One key figure has been defender Maya Yoshida, who has started all these matches and been solid at the back alongside Moritz Jenz and in front of goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann.


Maya Yoshida: We’re moving on, we’re looking ahead, we can do it!

Maya Yoshida had a strong tackle percentage on Friday (10/2) and was a big reason why FC Schalke 04 didn’t concede against VfL Wolfsburg for the third game in a row. The Japanese player was rarely beaten both in the air and on the ground, so that one of the most prolific attacking line-ups in the Bundesliga (VfL had scored 14 goals in their first four games in 2023) left the VELTINS-Arena empty handed.


Maya Yoshida: You can achieve a lot with good team spirit

FC Schalke 04 are back in Bundesliga action this Saturday (21/1) away to Eintracht Frankfurt, 70 days after their last league match. Maya Yoshida feels that the team is well prepared for the rest of the season. In an interview with, he spoke about the game against the Eagles, the support from the fans and parallels between the Royal Blues and the Japan national team.

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Maya Yoshida: Channelling the dedication, hard work and team spirit

While his teammates were taking on Hajduk Split in yesterday’s friendly, Maya Yoshida was back in Gelsenkirchen putting in the hard work on the training ground. The 34-year-old returned to Germany on Thursday after a short break following the World Cup.

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Maya Yoshida and Japan knocked out of the World Cup on penalties

Maya Yoshida’s Japan have been knocked out of the World Cup after losing 3-1 to Croatia on penalties in the round of 16. The match went to spot-kicks after an edgy contest which ended 1-1 after extra time.


Maya Yoshida tops group to reach World Cup knockout stage

Maya Yoshida and Japan have reached the last 16 of the World Cup after a 2-1 win over Spain on Thursday (01/12). The Blue Samurai topped the group ahead of Spain, Germany and Costa Rica after taking six points from three games.


Maya Yoshida and Japan defeated 1-0 by Costa Rica

Maya Yoshida and Japan lost their second group game at the World Cup. S04’s centre-back once again captained his national side and played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica on Sunday (27/11).


Yoshida wears the armband as Japan defeat Germany

Maya Yoshida’s Japan got off to a flier in Group E as they defeated Germany 2-1 in their World Cup opener. Schalke’s number four captained the side and played for the full 90 minutes at the Khalifa International Stadium. The 34-year-old combined with former Royal Blue Ko Itakura to form Japan’s defensive pair.


Short cameo for Maya Yoshida during Japan’s World Cup warm up

In the clash between two World Cup participants, Maya Yoshida played in Japan’s narrow 2-1 defeat against Canada (17.11). During the dress rehearsal game in Dubai, the centre-back for the “Blue Samurai” came on as a replacement for Takumi Minamino of AS Monaco in the 85th minute.


Yoshida, Král, Krauß and Calhanoglu called up for international duty

The Bundesliga is done for 2022. The majority of the Schalke squad will spend the next two weeks on holiday following performance tests on Tuesday (15/11). Maya Yoshida is off to the World Cup with Japan, while Alex Král will be with the Czech national team for two friendlies. Tom Krauß and Kerim Calhanoglu are also due to feature for Germany youth sides.