Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

Jun 4, 2014

Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe on Tuesday warned his teammates not to take their positions for granted and said he welcomed the heated competition for places in the team ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil. “The competition for places will continue,” said Hasebe, ...

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Jun 2, 2014

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni said Sunday getting several key players back to full match fitness is more important than the result of a World Cup warmup in the United States on Monday against Costa Rica. Zaccheroni hopes to use the game against Costa Rica ...

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

Jun 1, 2014

Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup

Southampton central defender Maya Yoshida admits he is excited by the prospect of Japan playing England in the second round of the World Cup finals, but reckons Roy Hodgson’s men could find it difficult to progress from the group phase. Japan has been drawn ...

Honda restates World Cup title ambition

Jun 1, 2014

Honda restates World Cup title ambition

AC Milan attacker Keisuke Honda on Saturday reasserted his claim that Japan has the potential to win the World Cup in Brazil, and says he will play as though it is his last appearance in global soccer’s showcase tournament. The bleach-blond midfielder was the ...

Kagawa plays down friendly results ahead of Cyprus send-off

May 26, 2014

Kagawa plays down friendly results ahead of Cyprus send-off

Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa has played down the significance of Japan’s upcoming World Cup warmups and says results will only count when the Asian champions’ Group C campaign gets under way against Cote d’Ivoire on June 14. Japan plays Cyprus in a send-off ...

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

May 25, 2014

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Sunday urged the whole country to get behind the team at the World Cup finals in Brazil as the Blue Samurai wrapped up their training camp in Kagoshima on Sunday. Speaking in front of over 7,000 fans at a ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 10, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda ensured surprise leaders Sagan Tosu retained top spot in the J. League with a 2-1 win at Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. Kim and Ikeda gave Tosu a two-goal cushion after 16 minutes and Yoon Jong-hwan’s ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...