Japan reflects on loss

| Jan 24, 2015

Japan reflects on loss

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda admitted defending champion Japan only had itself to blame for its quarterfinal defeat at the Asian Cup on Friday and put the team’s earlier-than-expected exit down to “naivety” and lack of a cutting edge in front of goal. In ...

Japan falls to UAE on penalty kicks in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 23, 2015

Japan falls to UAE on penalty kicks in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa both missed penalties and Japan’s hopes of defending its Asian Cup title were shattered with a sudden-death 5-4 shootout defeat to the United Arab Emirates after a 1-1 extra-time draw in the quarterfinals on Friday. Japan fell behind to ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

Jan 21, 2015

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

Keisuke Honda, already fined $5,000 for blasting a referee after Japan’s opening 4-0 win against Palestine, has delivered a thinly veiled dig at the Asian Football Confederation — this time for the fixture scheduling at the Asian Cup. The AC Milan attacker was on ...

Aguirre warns players over comments ahead of Jordan clash

Jan 19, 2015

Aguirre warns players over comments ahead of Jordan clash

Japan coach Javier Aguirre says he has warned his players about making critical comments about referees at the Asian Cup, but he dismissed suggestions Monday that Keisuke Honda had become a victim of double standards after he was fined $5,000 for slamming an official ...

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Jan 18, 2015

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Several of Japan’s senior players have leapt to the defense of Keisuke Honda and expressed their shock Sunday at the $5,000 fine the AC Milan midfielder has been handed by the Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary committee for critical comments about refereeing at the Asian ...

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 ...