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For James Mulligan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Milanese hail Kaka as 'best in the world'

Dec 18, 2007

Milanese hail Kaka as 'best in the world'

YOKOHAMA — AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti and captain Paolo Maldini were united in their praise of Kaka after the Brazilian’s virtuoso display in the Club World Cup final. AC Milan forward Kaka scores past Boca ‘keeper Mauricio Caranta for his team’s third goal ...

Dec 17, 2007

Reds top Etoile on penalties in third-place game

YOKOHAMA —Urawa Reds can now lay claim to the somewhat spurious title of the world’s third-best club. The Reds beat Tunisia’s Etoile Sahel 4-2 on penalties in the third-place playoff at the Club World Cup on Sunday, with ‘keeper Ryota Tsuzuki the hero after ...

Kaka desperate for Milan win over Boca

Dec 16, 2007

Kaka desperate for Milan win over Boca

AC Milan’s talisman Kaka still aches from the disappointment of Milan losing the 2003 Toyota Cup to Argentina’s Boca Juniors. AC Milan’s Kaka (left) and Boca Juniors’ Neri Cardozo will star in Sunday’s Club World Cup final at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. The Milanese ...

Nakata expresses confidence in Okada

Dec 15, 2007

Nakata expresses confidence in Okada

Hidetoshi Nakata has backed Takeshi Okada to be a success at the helm of the national team and praised the decision of the Japan Football Association in rehiring the coach. Former Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata speaks to the media, for the first time since ...

Urawa comes up short against AC Milan

Dec 14, 2007

Urawa comes up short against AC Milan

YOKOHAMA — Urawa Reds coach Holger Osieck praised his players after they went down 1-0 to Italian giants AC Milan in the Club World Cup semifinals. AC Milan forward Kaka (center) attacks, dodging Urawa defenders Yuki Abe (left) and Keita Suzuki during their the ...

Boca Juniors advance to final

Dec 13, 2007

Boca Juniors advance to final

Boca Juniors kept up appearances when they booked their spot in the Club World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Tunisia’s Etoile Sahel on Wednesday evening. Neri Cardozo of Argentina’s Boca Juniors reacts after scoring the match’s only goal in the 37th minute ...

Reds looking forward to showdown with AC Milan

Dec 13, 2007

Reds looking forward to showdown with AC Milan

Urawa Reds coach Holger Osieck believes his team can complete mission impossible by beating Italian giants AC Milan in the semifinals of the Club World Cup on Thursday. Kaka of AC Milan, fights for the ball during his team’s practice session on Tuesday in ...

Dec 8, 2007

Sepahan sets up rematch with Reds

FIFA’s decision to introduce a playoff buffer in the Club World Cup to stop a repeat of Auckland City’s awful showing last year looked prescient four minutes into Friday night’s game between Iran’s Sepahan and Waitakere United, but despite finishing up 3-1 losers the ...

Reds looking for Ono to step up

Dec 6, 2007

Reds looking for Ono to step up

Urawa Reds coach Holger Osieck is hoping Shinji Ono can play a key role in the absence of injured star Robson Ponte as the Saitama giants look to finish the season on a high at the FIFA Club World Cup. Reds coach Holger Osieck ...

Reds complete epic collapse on final day

Dec 2, 2007

Reds complete epic collapse on final day

YOKOHAMA — Capitulation complete. Urawa Reds’ wretched run of form at the tail end of the season reached its nadir on Saturday as the Saitama giants lost 1-0 to already-relegated Yokohama FC on the final day of the season to hand the J. League ...