JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Aug 10, 2015

JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic is not losing his job any time soon, Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said Monday. Upon returning from Wuhan, China, where Japan finished last at the East Asian Cup for the first time, Shimoda came to the defense ...

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Aug 10, 2015

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Urawa Reds midfielder Yuki Muto scored a first-half equalizer, but it was not enough to prevent Japan from finishing bottom of the standings for the first time at the East Asian Cup on Sunday after a 1-1 draw against host China in the final ...

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

Aug 8, 2015

Okubo rips Halilhodzic on selections

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World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has branded Japan’s East Asian Cup squad a bunch of nobodies and is not surprised by the team’s dismal showing at the tournament in China. Japan takes on the host nation in its final game on Sunday with the ...

Halilhodzic cracks whip after North Korea defeat

Aug 3, 2015

Halilhodzic cracks whip after North Korea defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has blasted his players and ordered them to show some pride after a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in their East Asian Cup opener in China on Sunday. Second-string Japan made a dream start as Yuki Muto fired the ...

Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Aug 2, 2015

Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Yuki Muto scored on his debut but holder Japan was sentenced to a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in its opening match at the East Asian Cup on Sunday night. Muto struck early in the first half but North Korea piled on the ...

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Jul 31, 2015

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic says his players are fatigued but determined to defend the East Asian Cup ahead of their opening match of the four-team tournament against North Korea on Sunday. Japan’s Europe-based stars are absent as the tournament falls outside of the official ...

Jul 30, 2015

Fujita, Rokutan added to Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Midfielder Naoyuki Fujita and goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan have been added to Japan’s East Asian Cup team, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Fujita, who plays for Sagan Tosu, and Rokutan of Vegalta Sendai will replace Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shuichi Gonda, respectively. Kashiwagi, who plays ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Jul 23, 2015

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami and Urawa Reds forward Shinzo Koroki to a 23-man squad and gave a handful of players their first call-ups for next month’s East Asian Cup. Koroki’s club teammates Yuki Muto and Yosuke ...