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 ...

Reysol slip past JFL club Yokogawa

Dec 16, 2012

Reysol slip past JFL club Yokogawa

Former J. League champions Kashiwa Reysol avoided a potential banana skin and edged non-league Yokogawa Musashino 1-0 on Saturday to advance to the last eight of the Emperor’s Cup. Yokogawa had knocked out holders FC Tokyo en route to the fourth round and the ...

Guerrero strikes sends Corinthians past Al-Ahly

Dec 13, 2012

Guerrero strikes sends Corinthians past Al-Ahly

Paolo Guerrero scored the winner as Brazilian and South American champions Corinthians edged African representatives Al-Ahly 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the Club World Cup final. The Peruvian striker headed the clincher in the 30th minute in bitterly cold conditions at Toyota Stadium, setting ...

Dec 4, 2012

Fearless Auckland looking to upset Sanfrecce

Auckland City’s colorful cast of part-timers have no problem with their underdog status ahead of their Club World Cup clash against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, but striker Manel Exposito has warned the Japanese champions to be ready for a fight in the playoff opener on Thursday. ...

JEF to face Trinita in playoff final

Nov 19, 2012

JEF to face Trinita in playoff final

Yoshihito Fujita struck twice against his old club as JEF United Chiba moved onto the brink of returning to the top flight with a comfortable 4-0 win away to Yokohama FC in the J. League promotion playoff semifinals on Sunday. Chiba now only needs ...

Okazaki's heroics push Japan closer to World Cup berth

Nov 15, 2012

Okazaki's heroics push Japan closer to World Cup berth

Shinji Okazaki struck a last-gasp winner as Japan moved onto the brink of 2014 World Cup qualification with a 2-1 victory away to Oman on Wednesday. Hiroshi Kiyotake’s maiden strike for the national team midway through the first half looked to have done enough ...

Nov 14, 2012

Japan provides strong challenge for Oman

With a spot at Brazil 2014 coming ever closer into view, Asian champion Japan has arrived here wary but confident ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Oman. Japan breezed past Oman 3-0 at home in Saitama in June and could have won by ...

Komano doubtful for Oman qualifier

Nov 13, 2012

Komano doubtful for Oman qualifier

Japan is sweating on the fitness of Yuichi Komano ahead of its World Cup qualifier away to Oman, after the versatile Jubilo Iwata defender skipped the Asian champions’ final training session in Doha on Monday with a sore back. Komano hurt his lower back ...