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Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Mar 5, 2015

Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to manage Japan, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Wednesday. Speaking at the CONMEBOL (South American football confederation) Congress in Asuncion, Daini said Halilhodzic and the JFA have reached agreement on the basic parameters of a deal ...

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

Feb 28, 2015

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka added another title to their bulging collection with a 2-0 win over Urawa Reds in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Gamba won the J. League title, Nabisco Cup and Emperor’s Cup for a remarkable treble last season, meaning last year’s ...

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Feb 27, 2015

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Urawa Reds will have revenge on their minds when they resume their bitter rivalry with treble winners Gamba Osaka on Saturday in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup, the curtain raiser for the new J. League season. Urawa spurned the chance to win the J. ...

Feb 26, 2015

'King Kazu' not considering retirement

Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura insisted he had no plans to slink off into retirement as he turned 48 on Thursday, ahead of his 30th year as a professional soccer player. Dressed in a dapper wine-red suit as he celebrated his birthday with ...

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Feb 24, 2015

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Gamba Osaka received a rude welcome back to the Asian Champions League as the Japanese treble winners were dealt a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Guangzhou R&F in their start to the campaign on Tuesday. The 2008 champions, back in the ACL for ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan's new manager may come from free-agent pool

The Japan Football Association is leaning toward picking the new national team manager from a list of unsigned managers, Kyodo News learned through multiple sources as of Monday. The JFA’s technical committee was briefed Sunday night by its director Masahiro Shimoda, who returned from ...

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Feb 18, 2015

Laudrup puts Japan interest on back burner

Former Barcelona star and current Qatari club Lekhwiya manager Michael Laudrup has said he knows the Japan Football Association is targeting him for the Japan national team job and will make a decision on his future at the season’s end. In an email to ...