Soccer Topics

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 ...

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Jan 22, 2015

Spectacular Cahill kicks Australia past China

Tim Cahill came to Australia’s rescue again on Thursday, scoring two goals, one of them among the most spectacular ever seen at an Asian Cup, to lead the host-nation into the semifinals. With his teammates all blowing their chances in front of goal, Cahill ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

by Gus Fielding

Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

Jan 21, 2015

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

by Gus Fielding

Keisuke Honda, already fined $5,000 for blasting a referee after Japan’s opening 4-0 win against Palestine, has delivered a thinly veiled dig at the Asian Football Confederation — this time for the fixture scheduling at the Asian Cup. The AC Milan attacker was on ...

Iraq advances to Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 20, 2015

Iraq advances to Asian Cup quarterfinals

Talismanic striker Younis Mahmoud was on target but also missed a penalty as Iraq overcame a stubborn Palestine 2-0 on Tuesday to set up an Asian Cup quarterfinal with old rival Iran. The 2007 champions were not at their best but goals by Mahmoud ...

Iran seals late win over U.A.E.

Jan 19, 2015

Iran seals late win over U.A.E.

Iran snatched a dramatic late winner against the United Arab Emirates at the Asian Cup on Monday — but was careful not to celebrate by taking “selfies” with female fans. Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad, nicknamed “Gucci” by his club mates at Charlton Athletic, popped up ...

Uzbekistan beats Saudis to reach quarterfinals

Jan 18, 2015

Uzbekistan beats Saudis to reach quarterfinals

Midfielder Sardor Rashidov scored a goal in each half to give Uzbekistan a 3-1 victory over Saudi Arabia on Sunday and a spot in the Asian Cup quarterfinals. Uzbekistan will next face South Korea in Melbourne on Thursday after finishing second in Group B ...