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:

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

Dec 17, 2016

FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday claimed there are "no down sides" to expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and "no taboos" in discussing changes to soccer's flagship competition. Infantino has proposed increasing the number of teams at the World Cup from the current ...

Real Madrid focused on winning Club World Cup crown

Dec 14, 2016

Real Madrid focused on winning Club World Cup crown

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane believes four-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of adding more awards to his bulging trophy cabinet and will prove it this week in Japan at the Club World Cup. Madrid takes on Mexican side Club America in Thursday's ...

Paris organizers confident they can avoid Tokyo's Olympic mess

Dec 4, 2016

Paris organizers confident they can avoid Tokyo's Olympic mess

The head of Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics has branded Tokyo's original 2020 Games proposal "a fairy tale" and believes the French capital can avoid the kind of after-the-fact revisions bogging down Japan's organizers. Paris is competing with Los Angeles and Budapest for the ...