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 ...

Zaccheroni insists Japan will hit stride at World Cup

May 28, 2014

Zaccheroni insists Japan will hit stride at World Cup

National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni is confident his side can shape up in time for the World Cup but admits the Blue Samurai are currently running on empty. Japan beat Cyprus 1-0 on Tuesday night in its final home game before heading to Florida ...

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

May 21, 2014

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months. Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to ...

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

May 17, 2014

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

Teenager Takahiro Sekine scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute to send Urawa Reds into the J. League summer break on top of the table after a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. A crowd of 54,350 showed up at Saitama ...

Zaccheroni sticks to his guns despite surprise Okubo choice

| May 14, 2014

Zaccheroni sticks to his guns despite surprise Okubo choice

Yoshito Okubo’s dramatic World Cup recall may have grabbed the headlines when national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni unveiled his squad for Brazil on Monday, but the Italian’s final roster was anything but impulsive. Zaccheroni named Okubo to his 23-man squad despite having called him ...