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Kanazaki called up for World Cup qualifiers

Nov 5, 2015

Kanazaki called up for World Cup qualifiers

Kashima Antlers striker Mu Kanazaki earned his first national call-up in five years as Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named his squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers away to Singapore and Cambodia. Sagan Tosu goalkeeper Akihiro Hayashi and FC Tokyo defender ...

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Oct 9, 2015

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Keisuke Honda has issued Japan with a must-do-better report despite a 3-0 win over Syria in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier in neutral Oman on Thursday night. Japan struggled to break down Syria in the first half, but Honda put his team ahead ...

Japan downs Syria 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

Oct 9, 2015

Japan downs Syria 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

Japan swept past Syria 3-0 in neutral Oman on Thursday to seize top spot in second-round Group E in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Keisuke Honda converted from the penalty spot in the 55th minute to give Japan the lead ...

Striker Minamino earns first call-up under Halilhodzic

Oct 1, 2015

Striker Minamino earns first call-up under Halilhodzic

Salzburg striker Takumi Minamino won his first senior national team call-up under Vahid Halilhodzic as the Japan coach named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Syria. AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa were included in the 23-man squad as ...

Japan trounces Afghanistan

Sep 9, 2015

Japan trounces Afghanistan

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Leicester City hitman Shinji Okazaki both scored twice as Japan destroyed Afghanistan 6-0 on Tuesday to pick up its second win in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Masato Morishige and Keisuke Honda were also ...

Japan to face hostile Tehran crowd against Afghanistan

Sep 7, 2015

Japan to face hostile Tehran crowd against Afghanistan

Japan may take to the field in a neutral venue in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier at Azadi Stadium in Tehran, but with millions of displaced Afghanis living in Iran, Vahid Halilhodzic’s team will still expect a hostile reception. Around 80,000 Afghanistan fans packed into ...

Sep 2, 2015

Socceroos coach backtracks on pay row comments

Coach Ange Postecoglou has retracted comments saying a pay dispute between Football Federation Australia and players was affecting Australia’s preparations for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh. Australian players boycotted commercial appearances in Perth this week because of an impasse between Professional Footballers Australia ...

Aug 31, 2015

Makino sidelined by groin injury

Urawa Reds defender Tomoaki Makino has pulled out of Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan due to a right groin injury, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Makino has been replaced by FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, who received his first ...