Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Honda penalty sparks Japan to victory over Iraq

Jan 16, 2015

Honda penalty sparks Japan to victory over Iraq

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda converted his second penalty in as many matches on Friday as defending champion Japan took a big step toward reaching the knockout phase of the Asian Cup with a 1-0 win over Iraq. Honda, who also hit the woodwork ...

Jan 15, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre remains silent on allegations

Beleaguered Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday refused to comment on the latest episode in an alleged match-fixing scandal involving the Mexican, but his job appears to be far from guaranteed beyond the Asian Cup currently being held in Australia. A Valencia court has ...

Honda slams 'basketball' referee after win over Palestine

Jan 12, 2015

Honda slams 'basketball' referee after win over Palestine

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has slammed referee Abdulrahman Hussain and accused the Qatari of officiating Japan’s opening 4-0 win over 10-man Palestine at the Asian Cup on Monday “like a basketball game.” The AC Milan attacker claims the level of refereeing at the Asian ...

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

Jan 12, 2015

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

Four-time champion Japan made the perfect start to its Asian Cup defense with a 4-0 whipping of tournament debutant Palestine on Monday. Yasuhito Endo marked his fourth Asian Cup with the opener after eight minutes, and further goals from Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda ...

Japan prepares to step into unknown with Palestine opener

Jan 5, 2015

Japan prepares to step into unknown with Palestine opener

Japan’s senior players have admitted to feeling a sense of trepidation as they prepare to enter uncharted territory and face war-torn Palestine in their opening match of the Asian Cup next week. Palestine has beaten seemingly insurmountable odds to earn the right to play ...

Japan beats Auckland in Asian Cup warm-up

Jan 4, 2015

Japan beats Auckland in Asian Cup warm-up

Japan coach Javier Aguirre said he was generally pleased with his side’s performance after the Samurai Blue beat New Zealand part-timers Auckland City 2-0 on Sunday in their final warm-up before launching their defense of the Asian Cup. Japan’s most-capped player, Yasuhito Endo, opened ...

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

Dec 31, 2014

Endo relishing fourth Asian Cup appearance

He turns 35 in January, but Yasuhito Endo, Japan’s most-capped player, says he has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal as he enters his 13th year with the senior national team. Endo has enjoyed an outstanding 2014 season and was deservedly ...

Japan players put faith in Aguirre

Dec 29, 2014

Japan players put faith in Aguirre

The Spanish La Liga match-fixing allegations surrounding Japan coach Javier Aguirre may have left a black cloud hanging over the Samurai Blue ahead of their upcoming defense of the Asian Cup, but his players said Monday they have put their trust in him. The ...