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Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Aug 30, 2016

Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida says Japan must treat the United Arab Emirates “like Brazil” in its final-round World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Thursday and has warned the Blue Samurai that they cannot afford a repeat of the start they made against UAE in ...

Japan replaces injured Nagatomo, Makino for qualifiers

Aug 28, 2016

Japan replaces injured Nagatomo, Makino for qualifiers

Defenders Yuto Nagatomo and Tomoaki Makino have both pulled out of Japan’s squad for two upcoming World Cup qualifying games due to injury. Coach Vahid Halilhodzic replaced the pair on Sunday, with Urawa Reds’ Wataru Endo and FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, for Japan’s first ...

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Jun 2, 2016

Pele cashes in on memorabilia

Insisting “everyone needs money,” Pele took a lingering look at a lifetime of medals, trinkets and memorabilia that auctioneers hope will generate around $7 million. Everything from a replica of the World Cup — a 1970 gift from FIFA after winning the soccer showpiece ...

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

May 25, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things ...

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

May 16, 2016

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Monday he is planning to get together his European-based players that have just finished their seasons with their club sides for training next week. “The (training) menus will be divided up according to the condition of the players ...

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Mar 28, 2016

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his players not to “fall into traps” laid by Syria on Tuesday night and called for cool heads in the final match of the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. “This ...

Mar 5, 2016

FIFA boss wants 2026 bid process to be clean

FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process “absolutely bulletproof” because the entire organization’s credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected FIFA boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed ...

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Jan 3, 2016

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Japan may be perched at the top of its second-round group in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but coach Vahid Halilhodzic has branded his team a “third-division” outfit and says he fears for the future of the J. League. In an end-of-year ...

Dec 14, 2015

Japan U22s play out friendly stalemate with Uzbekistan

Japan’s Under-22 soccer team was held to its second scoreless draw in four days Sunday in a friendly against Uzbekistan. Fagiano Okayama’s Shinya Yajima, who started in right midfield as a replacement for the injured Gakuto Notsuda, failed to convert chances as Japan wrapped ...