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Aguirre refuses to let allegations cloud Asian Cup preparation

by Gus Fielding

Against a backdrop of uncertainty following allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain, Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Monday named his 23-man squad for the upcoming Asian Cup. Spanish prosecutors are reportedly investigating Aguirre for possibly being involved in match-fixing three years ago when he was manager ...

Dec 21, 2014

Falling ruble affects stadium costs

The falling ruble has caused a 16 percent rise in the cost of rebuilding Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the final of the 2018 World Cup. The ruble has lost almost half of its value against the dollar this year, raising the price ...

Dec 6, 2014

FIFA scoffs at claim of discrimination

FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke Friday said it was “crazy” to say the planned use of plastic pitches at next year’s Women’s World Cup was discriminatory. On the eve of the draw for the 24-nation tournament, Valcke indicated that FIFA had no plans to back ...

Dec 4, 2014

U-23 Asian Championship draw held

Japan has been drawn in Group I with Malaysia, Vietnam and Macao for the preliminaries of the Under-23 Asian Championship, which doubles as qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The draw for the 10 groups, A to J, was held at the ...

Nov 21, 2014

Okudera, Sawa inducted into AFC Hall of Fame

Homare Sawa, who served as Nadeshiko Japan captain when it won the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and Yasuhiko Okudera, who became the first Japanese to play pro soccer in Europe, were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederation’s ...

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

Nov 19, 2014

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Japan has reaped the benefit of recalling a number of seasoned veterans and says experience will be crucial to the Samurai Blue’s chances of retaining their Asian Cup title in Australia in January. New coach Javier Aguirre used ...

Nov 17, 2014

Socceroos expecting tough clash with Japan

by Gus Fielding

It may only be a warm-up for the upcoming Asian Cup, but Australia captain Mile Jedinak is predicting an intense encounter when the Socceroos take on Japan in Tuesday’s friendly in Osaka. In a long-running rivalry between the two teams, Australia have won seven, ...

Nov 16, 2014

Welbeck brace carries England

England fought back from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1 in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday as some of the continent’s minnows again enjoyed outstanding results. A turgid Group E encounter at Wembley came to life just before the hour mark when Jordan Henderson headed ...

Nov 15, 2014

Faeroes stun Greece; Ranieri prepares to be fired

Greece continued its disastrous run in European Championship qualifying on Friday with a humiliating 1-0 defeat to the Faeroe Islands, while Northern Ireland surrendered its lead in Group F to Romania after a 2-0 defeat in Bucharest. The result in Piraeus is almost certain ...

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Nov 14, 2014

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Keisuke Honda scored and assisted twice as Asian champion Japan trounced Honduras with a 6-0 victory in a friendly on Friday. Joining Honda on the scoresheet were Maya Yoshida and Yasuhito Endo while substitutes Takashi Inui, who had two, and Yohei Toyoda opened their ...

Nov 13, 2014

Sanfrecce's Sato makes shortlist for FIFA goal of year award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato was named as a candidate to win FIFA’s Puskas Award for the world’s best goal this past year. Sato joins World Cup sensation James Rodriguez of Columbia and the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie on the 10-man shortlist. Sato was ...