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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 ...

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

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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

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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 ...