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Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Red-hot Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami was among 25 players named by manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly versus Iraq. Japan launches its World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five days after hosting Iraq at Yokohama’s ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to play Afghanistan in Iran, Syria in Oman

Japan will play its away 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the fall against Afghanistan in Iran and against Syria in Oman, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. The second-round qualifier versus Afghanistan will be on Sept. 8 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. ...

Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

May 24, 2015

Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

Talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa marked her return to the national team with the winner as Nadeshiko Japan edged New Zealand 1-0 on Sunday in a warm-up for its title defense at the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada. The 36-year-old former Women’s World Player ...

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

May 18, 2015

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

Women’s world champion Japan kicked off its pre-World Cup training camp on Monday in Kagawa Prefecture as the Nadeshiko began their quest to retain the title they won four years ago in Germany. “Putting on the blue shirt again, I feel like it’s finally ...

May 1, 2015

Japan's revised World Cup qualifying schedule released

Japan will open its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Singapore on June 16 and not away as originally scheduled, the Japan Football Association announced on Friday. The change was made because Singapore could not secure a stadium with the mandated capacity ...

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 ...