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:

Hyodo leads Marinos to first victory of season

Mar 22, 2015

Hyodo leads Marinos to first victory of season

Shingo Hyodo pounced in the 81st minute to give Yokohama F. Marinos their first win of the J. League season with a 1-0 victory over Sagan Tosu on Sunday. Marinos went into the match at Mitsuzawa Stadium having taken only one point from their ...

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

Mar 19, 2015

Halilhodzic passes over Endo for national team

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic called up Kensuke Nagai and Takashi Usami, but appeared to bring the curtain down on record cap-holder Yasuhito Endo’s Japan career as he named his first squad on Thursday. Bosnian Halilhodzic, who arrived in Japan last Friday to ...

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

Mar 14, 2015

Abe strikes late as Reds top Montedio

Captain Yuki Abe slammed home an 83rd-minute piledriver to give Urawa Reds maximum points from their opening two games of the J. League season with a 1-0 win over Montedio Yamagata on Saturday. Reds, who blew a five-point lead with three games remaining to ...

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

Mar 13, 2015

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes he is the man to revive Japan’s flagging fortunes, but warns the transformation from Asian Cup flops to World Cup hopefuls will not happen overnight. Bosnian Halilhodzic arrived in Japan on Friday, a day after being named ...

JFA confirms Halilhodzic as new national team manager

Mar 12, 2015

JFA confirms Halilhodzic as new national team manager

The Japan Football Association officially named Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic as Japan’s new national team manager on Thursday. The 62-year-old, who led Algeria to the last 16 of last summer’s World Cup in Brazil, succeeds Mexican Javier Aguirre, who was fired in February after a ...

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

Mar 7, 2015

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

J. League Frontale 3 Marinos 1 Kawasaki Frontale turned on the style to open the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over local rivals Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. New Brazilian signing Elsinho gave Frontale the lead after just three minutes in ...

Gamba looking for more success after glittering 2014

Mar 4, 2015

Gamba looking for more success after glittering 2014

Gamba Osaka surpassed all expectations by winning the treble last season, but manager Kenta Hasegawa believes there is still room for improvement in 2015. Gamba returned to the top flight last year after a season in the second division, but their stay among the ...