Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

Jun 9, 2013

Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

Italian soccer legend Roberto Baggio has paid tribute to the strides Japan has made under manager Alberto Zaccheroni, but the former FIFA World Player of the Year has warned his compatriot not to expect an easy ride at this month’s Confederations Cup. Japan became ...

Zaccheroni relieved after deciding against Honda switch

Jun 6, 2013

Zaccheroni relieved after deciding against Honda switch

National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni admits he was thinking about substituting Keisuke Honda shortly before the star forward booked Japan’s ticket to the 2014 World Cup with a 91st-minute penalty in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Australia. Japan became the first team to reach next ...

Cahill says Australia to play physical

Jun 2, 2013

Cahill says Australia to play physical

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has warned Japan to expect a bruising physical encounter in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier if the Socceroos find themselves needing a goal to keep their hopes of reaching Brazil alive. Australia heads into the match at Saitama Stadium out of ...

Troussier urges Japan to clinch World Cup spot in style

May 30, 2013

Troussier urges Japan to clinch World Cup spot in style

Former national team manager Philippe Troussier has warned Japan not to sit back and play for the single point it needs to secure a place at a fifth straight World Cup in next Tuesday’s qualifier against Australia. Japan takes on the Socceroos at Saitama ...

Sanfrecce rack up third straight victory

May 26, 2013

Sanfrecce rack up third straight victory

Sanfrecce Hiroshima stepped up the defense of their J. League title with a comfortable 2-0 win over Shonan Bellmare on Saturday. First-half goals from Yojiro Takahagi and Mihael Mikic at Shonan BMW Stadium Hiratsuka were enough to secure the three points for the defending ...