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 ...

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

May 25, 2014

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Sunday urged the whole country to get behind the team at the World Cup finals in Brazil as the Blue Samurai wrapped up their training camp in Kagoshima on Sunday. Speaking in front of over 7,000 fans at a ...

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

May 10, 2014

Sagan beat Marinos to retain top spot

First-half goals from Kim Min-woo and Kei Ikeda ensured surprise leaders Sagan Tosu retained top spot in the J. League with a 2-1 win at Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. Kim and Ikeda gave Tosu a two-goal cushion after 16 minutes and Yoon Jong-hwan’s ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

World Cup hopeful Kawamata eager to impress Zaccheroni

Apr 7, 2014

World Cup hopeful Kawamata eager to impress Zaccheroni

Albirex Niigata striker Kengo Kawamata has played down his chances of making Japan’s World Cup squad, and says he just wants to focus on making an impression on coach Alberto Zaccheroni at the national team’s training camp in Chiba Prefecture. Kawamata has until now ...

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

Apr 3, 2014

Venlo chief eyes new Japanese talent

VVV Venlo may have taken its eye off the ball when it opted not to sign Shinji Kagawa. But the Dutch second-division side cashed in on the sale of both Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida, and chairman Hai Berden says the club is happy ...

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

Mar 8, 2014

Ogawa gives Grampus win over Ardija

A stunning second-half strike from Yoshizumi Ogawa provided Akira Nishino with his first win as Nagoya Grampus manager as the 2010 J. League champions edged Omiya Ardija 2-1 away on Saturday. Ex-Japan striker Keiji Tamada finished with aplomb in the 53rd minute and Ogawa ...

Kagawa looking to prove Moyes wrong in New Zealand friendly

Mar 3, 2014

Kagawa looking to prove Moyes wrong in New Zealand friendly

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to send manager David Moyes a message with a key performance when Japan plays New Zealand in a World Cup warmup in Tokyo on Wednesday night. Kagawa has hardly figured under Moyes since he took over the ...