Nov 28, 2007

Okada poised to coach Japan

Takeshi Okada has confirmed he will once again coach the Japan national soccer team, a source close to the coach told The Japan Times on Tuesday. Takeshi Okada Okada told the source that he had agreed to a request from the Japan Football Association ...

Nov 27, 2007

Japan given favorable draw in first group stage

Japan has been drawn alongside Bahrain, Oman and Thailand in its first group stage of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals. The Japanese avoided the “group of death,” which includes Australia, China and Asian champion Iraq, when the draw was made in Durban, ...

Nov 21, 2007

Okada now frontrunner to replace stricken Osim

Takeshi Okada has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from the stricken Ivica Osim as Japan national team coach and is expected to be named the Bosnian’s successor, The Japan Times learned late Tuesday evening. It wasn’t immediately clear whether former national team ...

Nagai leads Reds to ACL title

Nov 15, 2007

Nagai leads Reds to ACL title

SAITAMA — Urawa Reds were crowned kings of Asia after a comfortable 2-0 win over Iran’s Sepahan in the second leg of their AFC Champions League final on Wednesday evening. Urawa forward Yuichiro Nagai (left) and his teammate Washington celebrate after Nagai’s first half ...

Nov 15, 2007

Urawa triumphs in Champions League

SAITAMA — Urawa Reds coach Holger Osieck said his players had little time to savor last night’s AFC Champions League victory over Sepahan as the Saitama giants look to wrap up their second successive J. League title on Sunday. The Reds became the first ...

Nov 14, 2007

Osieck: Win for Reds good for game in Asia

SAITAMA — Holger Osieck believes victory for Urawa Reds in the AFC Champions League final on Wednesday evening will be the seed for renewed growth throughout the Asian game. Reds coach Osieck emphasized the importance of beating Iran’s Sepahan in the second leg of ...

Gamba earns Nabisco title

Nov 4, 2007

Gamba earns Nabisco title

Teenage defender Michihiro Yasuda proved the hero with a second-half winner as Gamba Osaka edged Kawasaki Frontale 1-0 on Saturday to claim their first Nabisco Cup. Kawasaki Midfielder Kengo Nakamura (14) falls down after taking a tackle from a Gamba Osaka player in the ...

Nov 3, 2007

Yanagimoto's squad sweeps Dominicans in opening match

Japan coach Shoichi Yanagimoto said his national team charges are peaking at the perfect time as the Women’s Volleyball World Cup got under way on Friday. The host nation, ranked seventh in the world, beat the Dominican Republic at Tokyo’ Metropolitan Gymnasium 25-23, 25-18, ...

Oct 27, 2007

Osieck: Fatigue not a problem for Reds

SAITAMA — Holger Osieck has shrugged off concerns about potential player fatigue after Urawa’s epic AFC Champions League semifinal victory added two more vital matches to what promises to be a busy end to the Reds’ season. Urawa advanced to the final of the ...

Osieck has little time to reflect as Urawa's season gathers pace

Oct 26, 2007

Osieck has little time to reflect as Urawa's season gathers pace

SAITAMA — A beer with his name on it was waiting for Holger Osieck after the Urawa coach suffered through the Reds’ dramatic AFC Champions League semifinal victory on Wednesday evening. Urawa Reds players celebrate victory in the AFC Champions League semifinal on Wednesday ...