Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

Jun 28, 2014

Stojkovic denies being approached about managing Japan

by Gus Fielding

Former Nagoya Grampus boss Dragan Stojkovic on Friday denied a report he has been approached by the Japan Football Association about the vacant national team coach’s job following the resignation of Italian Alberto Zaccheroni. But the 49-year-old Stojkovic, who steered Grampus to the J. ...

Zaccheroni left with regrets

Jun 25, 2014

Zaccheroni left with regrets

by Gus Fielding

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni conceded he must share the blame for Japan’s failure to make their mark at the two most important competitions of his four-year tenure after the Samurai Blue were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round on Tuesday. Zaccheroni, ...

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

Jun 22, 2014

Power play 'not in Japan's DNA,' admits Zaccheroni

by Gus Fielding

Clearly feeling the heat as the sun looks ready to set on Japan’s World Cup, coach Alberto Zaccheroni has defended his decision to deploy power-play tactics, but conceded his players have struggled to adapt because it is “not in their DNA.” The Asian champions’ ...

Kagawa accepts fate

Jun 21, 2014

Kagawa accepts fate

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted he deserved to start on the bench in Thursday’s 0-0 draw against Greece after struggling in Japan’s opening game at the World Cup. Although coach Alberto Zaccheroni told reporters after the Greece match that his decision to ...

Zaccheroni wants no fear

Jun 14, 2014

Zaccheroni wants no fear

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says his Blue Samurai must not approach Saturday’s World Cup opener against Cote d’Ivoire fearing defeat, and pointed to Spain’s World Cup win four years ago as proof that losing the first match does not mean the end of the ...