Havenaar lifts Japan to win over UAE

Sep 7, 2012

Havenaar lifts Japan to win over UAE

Mike Havenaar headed a second-half winner as Japan tuned up for next week’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq with a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates on Thursday. On a night when Euro stars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa lacked their usual spark, ...

Kagawa frustrated at lack of central role

Sep 6, 2012

Kagawa frustrated at lack of central role

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has admitted his frustration at being frozen out of his preferred central midfield role for Japan, but hopes he can reproduce his early club form for the Blue Samurai when they take on the United Arab Emirates on Thursday ...

Sawa quiet on subject of future

Aug 11, 2012

Sawa quiet on subject of future

Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa hopes Japan’s silver medal-winning performance at the London Games will inspire the country’s Under-20s at the World Cup beginning in Japan later this month, but remained tightlipped over her national team future. The 33-year-old veteran, widely ...

Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

Aug 6, 2012

Nadeshiko looking for first-ever medal

As a thunderstorm raged in grey skies over South London on Sunday, Japan midfielder Homare Sawa was confident lightning would not strike twice when the women’s world champions take on France with a first-ever medal at stake at the London Games. Japan, fourth at ...

Japan tops Brazil, reaches Olympic semifinal round

Aug 5, 2012

Japan tops Brazil, reaches Olympic semifinal round

Yuki Ogimi scored one goal and set up another as women’s world champion Japan beat Brazil 2-0 on Friday to set up a meeting with France in the semifinals of the London Games. Ogimi opened the scoring with a well-taken finish midway through the ...

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

Aug 3, 2012

Japan wins group with scoreless draw

Japan drew 0-0 with Honduras on Wednesday and got the point it needed to finish on top of Group D and avoid a quarterfinal meeting with Brazil at the London Games. Takashi Sekizuka’s side will meet Group C runnerup Egypt in the last eight ...

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

Jul 31, 2012

Japan beats Morocco to reach quarterfinals

Kensuke Nagai struck a late winner as Japan reached the quarterfinals of the Olympics for the first time in three attempts at the London Games on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Morocco. A tightly contested match looked to be heading for a stalemate, ...