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 ...

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Sep 8, 2014

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success. Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, ...

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

Sep 5, 2014

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

Japan coach Javier Aguirre tasted defeat in his first game in charge as the Asian champion went down 2-0 to Uruguay in a friendly on Friday night. Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to put Copa America holder Uruguay in front on 34 ...

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Jun 28, 2014

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach’s job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Jun 25, 2014

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded he must share the blame for Japan’s failure to make their mark at the two most important competitions of his four-year tenure after the Samurai Blue were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round on Tuesday. Zaccheroni, ...