Honda delivers vintage performance in return

May 25, 2012

Honda delivers vintage performance in return

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni hailed Keisuke Honda as Japan’s “extra man” after the CSKA Moscow star delivered a typically robust display on his long-awaited return to the team in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifying tuneup. Honda, back with the Asian ...

Kagawa leads way as Japan beats Azerbaijan

May 24, 2012

Kagawa leads way as Japan beats Azerbaijan

Shinji Kagawa showed exactly why he has Manchester United and a host of other leading European clubs on his trail Wednesday, scoring with a cracking finish to put Japan on the way to a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in a warmup for next month’s ...

Apr 26, 2012

Zac pleased with progress at national team camp

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says there were plenty of positives to take from the national team’s mini-camp and has not ruled out deploying an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation for the Asian champions’ final World Cup qualifying warm-up against Azerbaijan in Shizuoka on May 23. “Over ...

Japan beats Brazil to win Kirin Challenge Cup

Apr 6, 2012

Japan beats Brazil to win Kirin Challenge Cup

Japan lived up to its billing as women’s world champion with a commanding 4-1 win over Brazil on Thursday to capture the three-nation Kirin Challenge Cup title. Japan drew 1-1 with the United States in the opening game of the London Olympic warmup tournament ...

Sasaki pleased with Japan's progress

Apr 3, 2012

Sasaki pleased with Japan's progress

World champion Japan may have missed out on a third consecutive win over the United States on Sunday, but coach Norio Sasaki insists the 1-1 draw in the opening match of the Kirin Challenge Cup has given him further cause for optimism ahead of ...

Nadeshiko settle for draw with U.S.

Apr 2, 2012

Nadeshiko settle for draw with U.S.

Alex Morgan snatched a second-half equalizer to deny women’s world champion Japan another ego-boosting win over the United States in a 1-1 draw in the opening game of the three-nation Kirin Challenge Cup exhibition tournament on Sunday. Defender Yukari Kinga prodded Japan into a ...

Mar 24, 2012

Midfielder Sawa won't play in Kirin Cup

Women’s world soccer champion Japan will face the United States and Brazil in upcoming London Olympic warmups without the services of talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa. Coach Norio Sasaki on Thursday named a 23-woman squad for the three-nation Kirin Challenge Cup but was forced to ...

Marinos peg back champions Reysol

Mar 12, 2012

Marinos peg back champions Reysol

Leandro Domingues lived up to his billing as reigning J. League Player of the Year with a five-star performance Sunday, but Hiroyuki Taniguchi stole the show with a dramatic late equalizer as Yokohama F. Marinos held champions Kashiwa Reysol 3-3 in a gripping season ...

Feb 26, 2012

Miyaichi called up for World Cup qualifier

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni is ready to give Bolton Wanderers’ on-loan teenage winger Ryo Miyaichi his first outing on the international stage after calling him up for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Uzbekistan. The 19-year-old Miyaichi, who scored in his first start ...