Soccer Topics

Oct 27, 2012

Japan trio in running for FIFA award

Three Japan players — midfielders Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama, as well as goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto — were shortlisted for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award on Thursday. Norio Sasaki, coach of Japan’s Olympic silver medalist team, and Hiroshi Yoshida, who ...

Japan humbled by Brazil in heaviest defeat under Zaccheroni

Oct 18, 2012

Japan humbled by Brazil in heaviest defeat under Zaccheroni

Six years after their last meeting, the gap between Japan and Brazil has not closed much. Japan remained winless against Brazil as the Asian champions suffered their worst loss under Alberto Zaccheroni on Tuesday, suffering a humbling 4-0 defeat in a friendly at the ...

Oct 2, 2012

Inui fluffs lines in front of Zaccheroni

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Takashi Inui once again proved to be a handful for opponents on Sunday but blew an opportunity to score in his fourth consecutive match in the newly promoted Bundesliga club’s 2-1 victory at home over Freiburg. With Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni ...

Sep 13, 2012

JFA in negotiations with Nadeshiko manager Sasaki

Norio Sasaki, who guided Japan to an astonishing victory at the 2011 Women’s World Cup final and the silver medal at the London Olympics last month, could be staying on as Nadeshiko coach. Eiji Ueda, chief of women’s soccer at the Japan Football Association, ...

Maeda header carries Japan past Iraq

Sep 12, 2012

Maeda header carries Japan past Iraq

by Andrew Mckirdy

Japan shook off the late withdrawal of injured Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa to beat Iraq 1-0 and move to the brink of qualification for the 2014 World Cup on Tuesday. Japan went into the match at Saitama Stadium having taken seven points from ...

Sep 11, 2012

Zico insists Iraq can beat Japan

Iraq coach Zico said Japan is not as invincible as people think, pointing to Uzbekistan’s defying the Asian champions in the previous round of World Cup qualifying. Through three games in this round, however, Japan have been in a class by itself with seven ...

Havenaar lifts Japan to win over UAE

Sep 7, 2012

Havenaar lifts Japan to win over UAE

by Gus Fielding

Mike Havenaar headed a second-half winner as Japan tuned up for next week’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq with a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates on Thursday. On a night when Euro stars Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa lacked their usual spark, ...

Kagawa frustrated at lack of central role

Sep 6, 2012

Kagawa frustrated at lack of central role

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has admitted his frustration at being frozen out of his preferred central midfield role for Japan, but hopes he can reproduce his early club form for the Blue Samurai when they take on the United Arab Emirates on Thursday ...