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:

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 ...

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

Jul 24, 2014

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan’s new national team manager. Aguirre, who has twice led Mexico at the World Cup and has managed several club teams in Spain and his native country, succeeds Alberto Zaccheroni after the ...

Drab draw leaves Japan hoping for miracles

| Jun 21, 2014

Drab draw leaves Japan hoping for miracles

“Believe in miracles,” ran the headline of one sports newspaper after Japan’s 0-0 draw with Greece left its World Cup hopes hanging by a thread, but simply salvaging pride from a bitterly disappointing campaign looks a more realistic ambition. Japan failed to take advantage ...

Brazil ready to take on world's best on home turf

Jun 10, 2014

Brazil ready to take on world's best on home turf

The World Cup kicks off on Thursday (Friday, Japan time) in the country that has won the tournament more times than any other — Brazil. Thirty-two teams will compete over the next month for a place in the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana ...