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Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

by Gus Fielding

Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Honda not satisfied after win

Jan 17, 2015

Honda not satisfied after win

Keisuke Honda has vowed to atone for a raft of missed opportunities in Japan’s 1-0 win over Iraq at the Asian Cup on Friday night. Honda scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row as the defending champions seized control ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Jan 16, 2015

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Hamza Aldaradreh’s dominating four-goal performance against Palestine has given Jordan coach Ray Wilkins a selection dilemma ahead of his team’s must-win final group match against Japan. Man of the match Hamza became just the fourth player to score four goals in an Asian Cup ...

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Jan 15, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre remains silent on allegations

by Gus Fielding

Beleaguered Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday refused to comment on the latest episode in an alleged match-fixing scandal involving the Mexican, but his job appears to be far from guaranteed beyond the Asian Cup currently being held in Australia. A Valencia court has ...

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Jan 15, 2015

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Super sub Sun Ke fired China into the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday as North Korea crashed out and Jordan fumed over a botched dope test that left a player ill. Sun’s superb solo effort after 68 minutes, moments after coming on, gave China ...

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

Jan 14, 2015

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has ignored the complaints of players and coaches about the standard of officiating at the Asian Cup and praised the work of the referees. The Bahraini, accompanied by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, met ...

Jan 14, 2015

Piece of Jules Rimet trophy found

A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA’s headquarters. Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the ...