Yoshida excited to face Cote d'Ivoire in opener

Jun 13, 2014

Yoshida excited to face Cote d'Ivoire in opener

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is hoping he can draw on the experience of having faced some of Cote d’Ivoire’s big guns at club level as he prepares for the biggest game of his career in Japan’s opener at the World Cup finals on Saturday. ...

'Keeper Kawashima not worried about World Cup ball

Jun 11, 2014

'Keeper Kawashima not worried about World Cup ball

Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was one of several players to put the boot in on the World Cup ball in South Africa four years ago, but the Standard Liege custodian says he has no such worries about the “Brazuca” to be used at the ...

Japan wins final warm-up match

Jun 7, 2014

Japan wins final warm-up match

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored twice and Yoshito Okubo grabbed a dramatic late winner on Friday as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat Zambia 4-3 in its final warm-up match for the upcoming World Cup finals. Goals from Christopher Katongo and Nathan ...

Jun 7, 2014

Zaccheroni not satisfied with victory over Zambia

Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni says Samurai Blue have their work cut out in the coming week ahead of their World Cup opener against Cote d’Ivoire, and was far from pleased despite the team wrapping up its training camp with a thrilling 4-3 win over ...

Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

Jun 4, 2014

Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe on Tuesday warned his teammates not to take their positions for granted and said he welcomed the heated competition for places in the team ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil. “The competition for places will continue,” said Hasebe, ...

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Jun 2, 2014

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni said Sunday getting several key players back to full match fitness is more important than the result of a World Cup warmup in the United States on Monday against Costa Rica. Zaccheroni hopes to use the game against Costa Rica ...

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 ...