Aug 13, 2013

Kakitani aims for piece of history against Uruguay

Rising star Cerezo Osaka striker Yoichiro Kakitani is relishing the prospect of making Japanese soccer history in Wednesday’s friendly with South American champion Uruguay. Kakitani earned his first call-up last month and responded by scoring three goals in two games at the East Asian ...

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

Jun 3, 2013

Kawashima eager to atone for error against Australia

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima will be looking to make amends for a rare blunder and help guarantee Japan’s World Cup qualification for Brazil 2014 with a clean sheet in Tuesday’s Group B clash with Australia. Kawashima, one of the stars of Japan’s run to ...

Jun 3, 2013

Socceroo Kennedy relishing battle with former teammate Yoshida

Towering striker Josh Kennedy said Sunday he is relishing the prospect of a battle with former Nagoya Grampus teammate Maya Yoshida when Australia goes toe to toe with Japan in Tuesday’s high-stakes World Cup qualifier in Saitama. Kennedy has not played for Australia since ...

Fabio secures draw for Marinos against Antlers

May 4, 2013

Fabio secures draw for Marinos against Antlers

Brazilian defender Fabio struck a dramatic late equalizer moments after coming off the bench to rescue a point for Yokohama F. Marinos in a 1-1 draw at home to Kashima Antlers in the J. League on Friday. Takuya Nozawa’s superbly taken goal looked to ...

Reds rally past Guangzhou

Apr 25, 2013

Reds rally past Guangzhou

Captain Yuki Abe went from zero to hero as Urawa Reds kept alive their chances of progressing to the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League with a 3-2 come-from-behind win over China’s Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night. Abe missed a first-half penalty, ...

Japan blows chance

Mar 27, 2013

Japan blows chance

Japan was left to count the cost of a second-half penalty miss by Yasuhito Endo as the Asian champions crashed to a controversial 2-1 away defeat to Jordan that ruined their chance of becoming the first team to qualify for the 2014 Brazil World ...

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 ...