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Halilhodzic warns Japan not to underestimate Thailand

aitama Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic cracked the whip on Monday and fired a warning shot at his team, ordering his players not to take Thailand lightly in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. Thailand is last in Group B with just one point from six games, and has little hope of qualifying ...

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

/ Mar 27, 2017

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

Thailand will go for broke against Japan in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier with hopes of reproducing Singapore’s epic draw at Saitama Stadium in the previous qualifying round. “We have nothing to lose,” Thai coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said on Monday. “We have the heart and ...

Trio edge closer to 2018 World Cup

/ Mar 27, 2017

Trio edge closer to 2018 World Cup

Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward World Cup qualification but the Netherlands’ failure to do the same cost national team coach Danny Blind his job on Sunday. The Dutch association fired Blind one day after his team’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to ...

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

/ Mar 26, 2017

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

Shinji Kagawa may have returned to the starting lineup for Japan in Thursday’s win over the United Arab Emirates, but the Dortmund midfielder feels far from certain about his place in the first team. Following training on Sunday for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against ...

Bulgaria deals Dutch World Cup setback

/ Mar 26, 2017

Bulgaria deals Dutch World Cup setback

The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback on Saturday when the three-time runner-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leader France, which beat Luxembourg 3-1, and ...

Mar 25, 2017

Kobayashi, Endo named injury replacements for match against Thailand

Injured Yasuyuki Konno, Yuya Osako and Yojiro Takahagi have been replaced by Yu Kobayashi and Wataru Endo for Japan’s World Cup qualifier against Thailand, the Japan Football Association announced Saturday. Konno suffered a broken left toe during Thursday’s 2-0 win over the United Arab ...

FIFA VP wants World Cup slots provided for cohosts

Mar 25, 2017

FIFA VP wants World Cup slots provided for cohosts

With the United States, Canada and Mexico widely expected to bid jointly for the 2026 World Cup, the region’s FIFA vice president believes all three should automatically enter the tournament if chosen as cohosts. Victor Montagliani told AP in an interview at FIFA that ...

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Mar 24, 2017

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Japan’s World Cup qualifying win over the host United Arab Emirates cost it a couple of injuries as midfielder Yasuyuki Konno and forward Yuya Osako headed to the hospital after touching down at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture on Friday. Konno, who scored the ...

Brazil routs Uruguay for seventh consecutive victory under Tite

Mar 24, 2017

Brazil routs Uruguay for seventh consecutive victory under Tite

Brazil was not intimidated by more than 60,000 raucous fans at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, beating second-place Uruguay 4-1 in South America’s World Cup qualifying group to retain the lead in the standings after 13 matches. Midfielder Paulinho scored a surprising hat trick, ...

/ Mar 24, 2017

Hosogai makes permanent transfer to Reysol

Midfielder Hajime Hosogai has completed a permanent transfer to Kashiwa Reysol from VfB Stuttgart, the J. League first-division side announced Friday. The 30-year-old, who signed a two-year contract with the German second-division club in July 2016 after three years with Hertha BSC, will be ...

Mar 24, 2017

Hasebe undergoes season-ending knee surgery

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Makoto Hasebe has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will be sidelined for the rest of the 2016-17 Bundesliga season that ends in late May, the German club said Thursday. The 33-year-old Japan captain was told by doctors at ...