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Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic hailed his players’ efforts after Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Uzbekistan, but warned they will have to prove themselves all over again when he picks his next squad. Japan routed the Central Asians at Ajinomoto Stadium to give Halilhodzic two wins from his first two ...

Mar 29, 2015

Bale powers Wales to win over Israel

Gareth Bale put Wales in prime position to qualify for its first major championship in over half a century by scoring twice and setting up another goal to help beat Israel 3-0 for first place in Group B on Saturday. In Brussels, Marouane Fellaini ...

Marinos outplay S-Pulse in Nabisco Cup match

Mar 28, 2015

Marinos outplay S-Pulse in Nabisco Cup match

Yokohama F. Marinos got the rub of the green and defeated Shimizu S-Pulse 2-0 to post their first win in Group B in the Nabisco Cup on Saturday. Yokohama was second best in all departments until an own goal from Shimizu defender Yasuhiro Hiraoka ...

Japan strikes twice in second half against Tunisia

Mar 27, 2015

Japan strikes twice in second half against Tunisia

Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda struck in the second half to give Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic a 2-0 win over Tunisia in his debut on Friday. Shinji Kagawa featured in both goals as Japan took its first step under the Bosnian, whose men will ...

Mar 27, 2015

Japan hammers Macau in Asian Under-23 qualifier

Gakuto Notsuda scored twice as Japan launched its bid for a place at the 2016 Rio Olympics in style on Friday with a 7-0 demolition of Macau in the opening Group I match of the Asian Under-23 Championship qualifiers. Wataru Endo set the wheels ...

Mar 27, 2015

Terry to extend stay with Chelsea

Captain John Terry will be at Chelsea for at least one more season after earning a contract extension in recognition of his enduring value to the team. The 34-year-old Terry remains one of Chelsea’s most consistent and influential players, helping Jose Mourinho’s team establish ...

Mar 27, 2015

Solo begins therapy, starts blog

U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo says she used her 30-day suspension from the squad to “reassess my life and career” and has entered therapy. Solo launched a personal blog this week to share thoughts about herself and the national team as it ...

Injured Nagatomo skips Halilhodzic's first camp

Mar 23, 2015

Injured Nagatomo skips Halilhodzic's first camp

Injured Japan and Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo will not attend the national team’s first training camp under coach Vahid Halilhodzic, the Japan Football Association said Monday. Halilhodzic had named Nagatomo and two others who are not fully fit, so he could share his ...