Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

Jun 18, 2014

Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

Over the initial shock of a 2-1 opening World Cup defeat to Cote d’Ivoire, Japan’s Samurai Blue have taken stock, chilled out and even been cracking jokes and laughing it off during a Jacuzzi bonding session. Now Alberto Zaccheroni’s Asian champions are ready to ...

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

Jun 16, 2014

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admitted he had trouble sleeping on Saturday night and he was his own biggest critic after a sub-par performance in Japan’s 2-1 defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in their opening game of the World Cup finals. “I lost a battle ...

Zaccheroni searches for answers after Cote d'Ivoire defeat

Jun 15, 2014

Zaccheroni searches for answers after Cote d'Ivoire defeat

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni hit back at suggestions he has failed to condition his team properly for the World Cup, but the Italian tactician says he is ready for “self analysis” after the Asian champions surrendered a first-half lead and crashed to a 2-1 ...

Zaccheroni wants no fear

Jun 14, 2014

Zaccheroni wants no fear

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says his Blue Samurai must not approach Saturday’s World Cup opener against Cote d’Ivoire fearing defeat, and pointed to Spain’s World Cup win four years ago as proof that losing the first match does not mean the end of the ...

Yoshida excited to face Cote d'Ivoire in opener

Jun 13, 2014

Yoshida excited to face Cote d'Ivoire in opener

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is hoping he can draw on the experience of having faced some of Cote d’Ivoire’s big guns at club level as he prepares for the biggest game of his career in Japan’s opener at the World Cup finals on Saturday. ...

'Keeper Kawashima not worried about World Cup ball

Jun 11, 2014

'Keeper Kawashima not worried about World Cup ball

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was one of several players to put the boot in on the World Cup ball in South Africa four years ago, but the Standard Liege custodian says he has no such worries about the “Brazuca” to be used at the ...

Japan wins final warm-up match

Jun 7, 2014

Japan wins final warm-up match

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored twice and Yoshito Okubo grabbed a dramatic late winner on Friday as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat Zambia 4-3 in its final warm-up match for the upcoming World Cup finals. Goals from Christopher Katongo and Nathan ...

Jun 7, 2014

Zaccheroni not satisfied with victory over Zambia

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni says Samurai Blue have their work cut out in the coming week ahead of their World Cup opener against Cote d’Ivoire, and was far from pleased despite the team wrapping up its training camp with a thrilling 4-3 win over ...