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 ...

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 ...