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Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

Sep 6, 2014

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge. With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced ...

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

Sep 5, 2014

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Javier Aguirre tasted defeat in his first game in charge as the Asian champion went down 2-0 to Uruguay in a friendly on Friday night. Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to put Copa America holder Uruguay in front on 34 ...

Aug 30, 2014

Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums ...

Aug 27, 2014

Osako called up for friendlies

World Cup striker Yuya Osako has been called up for Japan’s upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela, his German first-division club Cologne said on its official web site on Tuesday. New Japan coach Javier Aguirre is to name his squad in Tokyo on Thursday ...

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Aug 22, 2014

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Mario Balotelli’s roller-coaster career took another twist on Thursday when he said goodbye to his AC Milan teammates after training before an expected transfer to Liverpool. In a brief statement on its website, the Italian club said: “Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at ...

Aug 10, 2014

Blatter issues challenge to critics

FIFA president Sepp Blatter challenged his critics to “take a risk” and run for election against him next year. “Don’t speak — go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter said Saturday at his annual charity soccer tournament. “People, they say I should ...

Aug 10, 2014

Nasri announces he's finished playing for France

Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international soccer over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media. The 27-year-old playmaker won the Premier League last season with City but was left out of the ...

Aug 7, 2014

Japan men's soccer squad to face Jamaica, Brazil in fall

The Japan Football Association announced Thursday that the men’s national team will play Jamaica and Brazil in October. Japan will host Jamaica on Oct. 10 in Niigata at Denka Big Swan Stadium and will play Brazil four days later in Singapore. Japan lost its ...