Andrew Mckirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew Mckirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aguirre urges Samurai Blue to play with more imagination

Sep 10, 2014

Aguirre urges Samurai Blue to play with more imagination

National team manager Javier Aguirre has urged his players to think for themselves after watching his new side fail to register a win in his first two games in charge. Japan drew 2-2 with Venezuela in Yokohama on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 to ...

Aguirre urges Japan to play with more imagination

Sep 10, 2014

Aguirre urges Japan to play with more imagination

National team manager Javier Aguirre has urged his players to think for themselves after watching his new side fail to register a win in his first two games in charge. Japan drew 2-2 with Venezuela in Yokohama on Tuesday night after losing 2-0 to ...

Japan squanders lead twice in draw with Venezuela

Sep 9, 2014

Japan squanders lead twice in draw with Venezuela

Japan twice took the lead but failed to deliver a first win for new manager Javier Aguirre in a 2-2 friendly draw with Venezuela on Tuesday night. Rookie FC Tokyo forward Yoshinori Muto put Japan ahead with his first international goal six minutes after ...

Reds trounce Ardija, increase lead atop J. League table

Aug 30, 2014

Reds trounce Ardija, increase lead atop J. League table

J. League front-runners Urawa Reds thrashed relegation-threatened local rivals Omiya Ardija 4-0 on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of the table. Tsukasa Umesaki opened the scoring midway through the first half before Shinzo Koroki notched a second three minutes later, and ...

Star Neymar eager to shine in upcoming season

Jul 31, 2014

Star Neymar eager to shine in upcoming season

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar insists he has almost recovered from the injury that ended his World Cup dream, and is raring to go for the new club season. Neymar responded to the expectations of the host nation by leading Brazil to the semifinals ...

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 25, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...