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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 ...

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Jan 18, 2015

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

by Gus Fielding

Several of Japan’s senior players have leapt to the defense of Keisuke Honda and expressed their shock Sunday at the $5,000 fine the AC Milan midfielder has been handed by the Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary committee for critical comments about refereeing at the Asian ...

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

by Gus Fielding

Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Honda not satisfied after win

Jan 17, 2015

Honda not satisfied after win

Keisuke Honda has vowed to atone for a raft of missed opportunities in Japan’s 1-0 win over Iraq at the Asian Cup on Friday night. Honda scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row as the defending champions seized control ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...