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 ...

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. ...