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Japan trounces Afghanistan

Sep 9, 2015

Japan trounces Afghanistan

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Leicester City hitman Shinji Okazaki both scored twice as Japan destroyed Afghanistan 6-0 on Tuesday to pick up its second win in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Masato Morishige and Keisuke Honda were also ...

Japan to face hostile Tehran crowd against Afghanistan

Sep 7, 2015

Japan to face hostile Tehran crowd against Afghanistan

Japan may take to the field in a neutral venue in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, but with millions of displaced Afghanis living in Iran, Vahid Halilhodzic’s team will still expect a hostile reception. Around 80,000 Afghanistan fans packed into ...

Sep 2, 2015

Socceroos coach backtracks on pay row comments

Coach Ange Postecoglou has retracted comments saying a pay dispute between Football Federation Australia and players was affecting Australia’s preparations for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh. Australian players boycotted commercial appearances in Perth this week because of an impasse between Professional Footballers Australia ...

Aug 31, 2015

Makino sidelined by groin injury

Urawa Reds defender Tomoaki Makino has pulled out of Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan due to a right groin injury, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Makino has been replaced by FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, who received his first ...

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Aug 24, 2015

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic ran his car into a taxi on Monday morning but was unhurt, the Japan Football Association said. Halilhodzic was driving in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward when he collided with an empty cab, whose driver was also not injured. The damage to ...

Aug 13, 2015

Japan, Iran to play friendly in Tehran

Japan will play Iran on Oct. 13 in a friendly at Tehran, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The game, scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. in Japan), will come five days after Japan faces Syria in Oman for its ...

JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Aug 10, 2015

JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic is not losing his job any time soon, Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said Monday. Upon returning from Wuhan, China, where Japan finished last at the East Asian Cup for the first time, Shimoda came to the defense ...

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Aug 10, 2015

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Urawa Reds midfielder Yuki Muto scored a first-half equalizer, but it was not enough to prevent Japan from finishing bottom of the standings for the first time at the East Asian Cup on Sunday after a 1-1 draw against host China in the final ...