Brave Blossoms qualify for Tokyo Sevens quarterfinals

Apr 4, 2015

Brave Blossoms qualify for Tokyo Sevens quarterfinals

Japan came through a group including France, Samoa and Argentina to advance to the quarterfinals of a Sevens World Series tournament for the first time since 2000 at the Tokyo Sevens on Saturday. Japan earned promotion to the competition’s 15 core teams last season ...

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

Apr 1, 2015

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic hailed his players’ efforts after Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan, but warned they will have to prove themselves all over again when he picks his next squad. Japan routed the Central Asians at Ajinomoto Stadium to give Halilhodzic ...

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after Uzbekistan rout

Apr 1, 2015

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after Uzbekistan rout

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic hailed his players’ efforts after Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan, but warned they will have to prove themselves all over again when he picks his next squad. Japan routed the Central Asians at Ajinomoto Stadium to give Halilhodzic ...

Japan trounces Uzbekistan in friendly

Mar 31, 2015

Japan trounces Uzbekistan in friendly

Japan turned on the style to sweep Uzbekistan aside 5-1 on Tuesday night and give new manager Vahid Halilhodzic the perfect start with two wins out of two. Midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama blasted Japan into a sixth-minute lead with a long-range strike at Ajinomoto Stadium, ...

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 ...