Maya Yoshida

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Maya Yoshida named in Japan's World Cup squad

Maya Yoshida was named in Japan's squad to head to Qatar this morning.

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Tom Krauß features against England – Sepp van den Berg and Maya Yoshida keep clean sheets

The final round of international games on Tuesday (27/9) saw four Schalke players involved. Tom Krauß, Sepp van den Berg and Maya Yoshida all played, whilst Alex Král was an unused substitute for Czech Republic in their defeat to Switzerland.

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Maya Yoshida defeats Weston McKennie in his 120th game for Japan

Japan and Maya Yoshida won a friendly against USA on Friday (23/9). The Asian side defeated their opponents 2-0, exactly two months ahead of their first group game at the World Cup against Germany.

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Six S04 players heading on their international travels

In the first international break of the new season, six Schalke players have been called up to represent their national teams. Alex Král is on duty in the UEFA Nations League and the other five Royal Blues are playing in international friendlies.