Soccer Topics

Apr 14, 2015

Japan gets Group E draw for World Cup second-round qualifiers

Japan was handed a kind draw for the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Tuesday when the former Asian champion was placed in Group E against Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, and Cambodia. None of Japan’s opponents qualified for ...

Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie

When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome. “The people here want Japan because most of the youth ...

Halilhodzic warns against complacency after big win

Apr 1, 2015

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 ...

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 ...

Mar 16, 2015

Halilhodzic to pick first squad on Thursday

New Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic will name his first squad Thursday for the upcoming home friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan, the Japan Football Association announced Monday. According to JFA technical director Masahiro Shimoda, Halilhodzic has been holding lengthy daily meetings with his staff on ...

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Mar 2, 2015

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Former Japan coach Ivica Osim said fellow Bosnian and new managerial candidate Vahid Halilhodzic must “become Japanese” if the former Algeria boss is to succeed. Osim, who managed Japan from 2006 to 2007 before a near fatal stroke forced him to step down, served ...

Feb 28, 2015

JFA to offer Japan job to Halilhodzic

The Japan Football Association will make a formal offer to former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, a source confirmed on Friday. In order to conduct formal negotiations with Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, JFA ...

Laudrup staying put until summer

Feb 14, 2015

Laudrup staying put until summer

Japanese soccer is “important” to Michael Laudrup but he has been told by his Qatari club Lekhwiya that he is staying put until the end of June, the agent for the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star told Kyodo News on Friday. “We’re exploring ...

Feb 5, 2015

JFA announces final World Cup warm-ups for Nadeshiko Japan

Defending champion Japan will play its last domestic warm-ups against New Zealand and Italy before heading off to Canada for the Women’s World Cup, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. Nadeshiko Japan will host New Zealand on May 24 in Kagawa Prefecture before ...