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Jun 5, 2015

FIFA gave Ireland $5 mil. after debacle

In the midst of an escalating financial scandal, FIFA admitted Thursday to giving Ireland $5 million in compensation for missing a place at the 2010 World Cup after Thierry Henry’s handball set up France’s winning goal. FIFA disclosed the payment after the money was ...

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Jun 1, 2015

Halilhodzic places hopes in Usami for Japan's World Cup qualifier

Red-hot Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami was among 25 players named by manager Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Singapore and a friendly versus Iraq. Japan launches its World Cup qualifying campaign on June 16 at Saitama Stadium, five ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to play Afghanistan in Iran, Syria in Oman

Japan will play its away 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the fall against Afghanistan in Iran and against Syria in Oman, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. The second-round qualifier versus Afghanistan will be on Sept. 8 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. ...

May 1, 2015

Japan's revised World Cup qualifying schedule released

Japan will open its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Singapore on June 16 and not away as originally scheduled, the Japan Football Association announced on Friday. The change was made because Singapore could not secure a stadium with the mandated capacity ...

Apr 14, 2015

Japan gets Group E draw for World Cup second-round qualifiers

Japan was handed a kind draw for the second round of World Cup qualifiers for the 2018 tournament in Russia on Tuesday when the former Asian champion was placed in Group E against Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, and Cambodia. None of Japan’s opponents qualified for ...

Apr 8, 2015

Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie

When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome. “The people here want Japan because most of the youth ...

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 ...