Jul 2, 2015

Injured Uchida to miss most of World Cup qualifying

Schalke is expecting Atsuto Uchida to miss the first half of the Bundesliga season according to Kicker magazine on Thursday, which would rule out the Japan defender for most of the second-round World Cup qualifiers. Uchida had surgery on his right knee this close ...

Jun 22, 2015

JFA says search finds no record of World Cup payment

Japan found no record of any payment made to the South American confederation (CONMEBOL) during its bid for the 2002 World Cup hosting rights as alleged by a recent report from Spain, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Monday. Citing a former CONMEBOL ...

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

Jun 18, 2015

White has Guam on move in 2018 qualifying

by Mark Buckton

For a man who grew up on a council estate in Southampton, England, Gary White has come a long, long way. The current national team manager of Guam’s soccer team is making headlines around the soccer world for all the right reasons. The past ...

Halilhodzic warns Japan not to fall into Singapore 'trap'

Jun 15, 2015

Halilhodzic warns Japan not to fall into Singapore 'trap'

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his team not to take Singapore lightly in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier — or face the prospect of being embarrassed like France at the weekend. France was beaten 1-0 by Albania in a friendly on Saturday, a team ...

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

Jun 10, 2015

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

FIFA announced Wednesday that it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the uproar surrounding corruption probes at the organization. “It was decided to place the administrative process on hold for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding due to ...

FIFA may strip Qatar, Russia of World Cup

Jun 8, 2015

FIFA may strip Qatar, Russia of World Cup

Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process, a FIFA official was quoted as saying on Sunday. The comments by the head of FIFA’s auditing and compliance ...

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 ...