Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Jun 28, 2014

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach’s job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Jun 25, 2014

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded he must share the blame for Japan’s failure to make their mark at the two most important competitions of his four-year tenure after the Samurai Blue were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round on Tuesday. Zaccheroni, ...

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

Jun 25, 2014

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

A second-half attacking master class from Jackson Martinez and substitute James Rodriguez obliterated Japan’s wafer-thin hopes of progressing to the last 16 of the World Cup as Colombia eliminated the Asian champions with a 4-1 win in their final Group C match on Tuesday. ...

Honda believes Japan can still find way to next stage

Jun 23, 2014

Honda believes Japan can still find way to next stage

Keisuke Honda says that the results so far of Asian teams at the World Cup are a simple reflection of how far they are lagging behind the global elite in terms of ability, but the AC Milan midfielder still believes a miracle will send ...

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

Jun 22, 2014

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

Clearly feeling the heat as the sun looks ready to set on Japan’s World Cup, coach Alberto Zaccheroni has defended his decision to deploy power-play tactics, but conceded his players have struggled to adapt because it is “not in their DNA.” The Asian champions’ ...

Kagawa accepts fate

Jun 21, 2014

Kagawa accepts fate

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted he deserved to start on the bench in Thursday’s 0-0 draw against Greece after struggling in Japan’s opening game at the World Cup. Although coach Alberto Zaccheroni told reporters after the Greece match that his decision to ...