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Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

/ Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan’s shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out ...

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

/ Sep 4, 2016

Thai coach Kiatisuk expecting Japanese backlash

A wounded animal can be a dangerous beast and Thailand coach Kiatisuk Senamuang is expecting a fierce backlash from Japan when the two teams meet in Bangkok on Tuesday in a final-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Japan is still ...

/ Aug 30, 2016

Muto ready to make mark for Japan

Buoyed by a goal for Mainz on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season, striker Yoshinori Muto is ready to make his mark for Japan when the four-time Asian champion takes on the United Arab Emirates in Saitama on Thursday in its Group B ...

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 ...