Yoshida calls for calm ahead of Jordan clash

Mar 25, 2013

Yoshida calls for calm ahead of Jordan clash

Japan defender Maya Yoshida has called for cool heads as the Asian champions prepared to leave Sunday for a high-stakes World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Amman. Wary of what he describes as whistle-happy Asian referees, the Southampton center back has admitted he may ...

Mar 25, 2013

Konno healthy enough to play in Jordan match

Japan has been given a timely boost after one of coach Alberto Zaccheroni’s most trusted players on Saturday declared himself fit to play in Tuesday’s crunch World Cup qualifier away to Jordan. Laid low with a fever earlier this week, Gamba Osaka utility man ...

Mar 15, 2013

Honda, Nagatomo won't play against Jordan: Hara

Japan will be without the driving force of CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda and Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo for the crucial upcoming World Cup qualifier away to Jordan, Japan Football Association technical director Hiromi Hara said Thursday. Fitness issues have robbed Italian coach ...

Domingues double lifts Reysol in ACL

Mar 14, 2013

Domingues double lifts Reysol in ACL

Leandro Domingues struck twice and set up another as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to beat Central Coast Mariners 3-1, making it two wins out of two in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Patrick Zwaanswijk took the wind out of Kashiwa’s sails ...

Resurgent Harumafuji out to snap Hakuho's Osaka streak

Mar 9, 2013

Resurgent Harumafuji out to snap Hakuho's Osaka streak

His forgettable yokozuna debut a fading memory, a rejuvenated Harumafuji will be looking to pick up where he left off when the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament kicks off in Osaka on Sunday. After a lackluster 9-6 debut at yokozuna at the Kyushu meet in ...

Cleo lifts Reysol to opening win

Mar 4, 2013

Cleo lifts Reysol to opening win

Aspiring fisherman Cleo is quickly turning out to be something of a catch for Kashiwa Reysol. The newly signed Brazilian forward followed up his midweek Asian Champions League heroics with a double as Reysol kicked off their J. League campaign with a 3-1 thumping ...

Kagawa picked for Latvia friendly

Feb 1, 2013

Kagawa picked for Latvia friendly

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni welcomed back Shinji Kagawa on Thursday, when he named the Manchester United attacker to his 23-man squad for next week’s World Cup qualifying warmup against Latvia in Kobe, the Blue Samurai’s first game of 2013. CSKA Moscow’s Keisuke Honda was ...

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

Feb 1, 2013

Zaccheroni shocked at judo scandal

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has spoken of his shock upon learning that 15 top female judo wrestlers, some of them London Olympians, were slapped, beaten with wooden swords and told to “die” by their head coach Ryuji Sonoda. News of the scandal broke Tuesday ...