Apr 10, 2014

Zaccheroni set for final European scouting trip

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has departed for his final European scouting trip ahead of next month’s World Cup squad announcement, saying he will take a hard look at the players who are on the borderline. This weekend, Zaccheroni, who will name his 23 for ...

Mar 28, 2014

Southampton's Yoshida injures knee, questionable for World Cup

The injury bug has again bitten Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni’s team, this time with Southampton defender Maya Yoshida ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season with a right-knee injury on Thursday. According to Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino, Yoshida damaged a ligament ...

Mar 28, 2014

Japan to face Costa Rica, Zambia in World Cup tuneup matches

Japan will prepare for the World Cup in Tampa, Florida, where the Asian champion will play Costa Rica and Zambia in friendlies on June 2 and 6, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Japan’s send-off for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil is ...

Mar 15, 2014

Uchida concerned about injury status

Facing a rocky road back from a thigh injury and uncertainty over his place in Japan’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil, Atsuto Uchida returned to German first-division club Schalke on Saturday after completing rehabilitation in Japan. Uchida suffered the injury in a ...

Kimura eyes World Cup place

Jan 18, 2014

Kimura eyes World Cup place

by Andrew Mckirdy

Kosuke Kimura may be Japanese soccer’s best-kept secret, but the New York Red Bulls right back is hoping to announce himself on the biggest stage at this summer’s World Cup. Kimura remains a relative unknown in his home country despite carving out a successful ...

Nishimura, two assistant referees picked for World Cup assignment

Jan 15, 2014

Nishimura, two assistant referees picked for World Cup assignment

Referee Yuichi Nishimura and assistant referees Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi have been appointed to officiate at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said Wednesday. The FIFA referees committee, meeting in Zurich on Tuesday, appointed 25 referee trios ...

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Dec 7, 2013

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Japan will play Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire and Greece in a relatively even Group C at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Asian champion Japan, which made the round of 16 for the first time on foreign turf in 2010 at South Africa, will ...

Dec 4, 2013

Japan assigned to Pot 3 for World Cup draw

Japan will be in Pot 3 for Friday’s draw for the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, FIFA announced on Tuesday. Pot 3 is made up of the teams from Asia and the CONCACAF North and Central America zone: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, ...

Brazil under pressure after collapse at World Cup venue

Nov 28, 2013

Brazil under pressure after collapse at World Cup venue

Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener collapsed Wednesday, killing two workers and aggravating already urgent concerns Brazil won’t be ready for soccer’s signature tournament. The accident at the Arena Corinthians, known locally as the Itaquerao, could hardly have ...