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 ...

Aguirre refuses to let allegations cloud Asian Cup preparation

Dec 15, 2014

Aguirre refuses to let allegations cloud Asian Cup preparation

Against a backdrop of uncertainty following allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain, Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Monday named his 23-man squad for the upcoming Asian Cup. Spanish prosecutors are reportedly investigating Aguirre for possibly being involved in match-fixing three ...

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

Nov 29, 2014

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

Urawa Reds surrendered a last-gasp equalizer, and quite possibly the J. League title with it, after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to 10-man Sagan Tosu on Saturday. Yuki Abe’s second-half penalty looked to have clinched the three points and moved Reds ...

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

Nov 26, 2014

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

Brazilian forward Patric and strike partner Takashi Usami both scored twice as Gamba Osaka kept alive their hopes of a league and cup treble on Wednesday with a 5-2 win over relegation-haunted Shimizu S-Pulse in the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup. Gamba squandered a ...

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

Nov 19, 2014

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Japan has reaped the benefit of recalling a number of seasoned veterans and says experience will be crucial to the Samurai Blue’s chances of retaining their Asian Cup title in Australia in January. New coach Javier Aguirre used ...

Japan scores two second-half goals in triumph over Australia

Nov 18, 2014

Japan scores two second-half goals in triumph over Australia

Japan underlined its Asian Cup title credentials as the defending champion registered a 2-1 win over Australia in the final warm-up for both teams ahead of the continental championship to be held Down Under in January. Yasuyuki Konno came off the bench to head ...

Aguirre calls for repeat performance against Australia

Nov 17, 2014

Aguirre calls for repeat performance against Australia

Buoyed by a 6-0 demolition of Honduras on Friday, Japan coach Javier Aguirre has called for more of the same when the Samurai Blue take on Asian Cup hosts Australia on Tuesday in their final match before launching their defense of the continental title ...

Nov 17, 2014

Socceroos expecting tough clash with Japan

It may only be a warm-up for the upcoming Asian Cup, but Australia captain Mile Jedinak is predicting an intense encounter when the Socceroos take on Japan in Tuesday’s friendly in Osaka. In a long-running rivalry between the two teams, Australia have won seven, ...

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

Oct 12, 2014

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the final of the Nabisco Cup despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat to holders Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Leandro struck twice as Reysol erased their two-goal, first-leg deficit, but Naoki Ishihara rifled home with 16 minutes left to ...