Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

Jan 21, 2015

Honda slams AFC over Asian Cup schedule

by Gus Fielding

Keisuke Honda, already fined $5,000 for blasting a referee after Japan’s opening 4-0 win against Palestine, has delivered a thinly veiled dig at the Asian Football Confederation — this time for the fixture scheduling at the Asian Cup. The AC Milan attacker was on ...

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Jan 18, 2015

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

by Gus Fielding

Several of Japan’s senior players have leapt to the defense of Keisuke Honda and expressed their shock Sunday at the $5,000 fine the AC Milan midfielder has been handed by the Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary committee for critical comments about refereeing at the Asian ...

Honda not satisfied after win

Jan 17, 2015

Honda not satisfied after win

Keisuke Honda has vowed to atone for a raft of missed opportunities in Japan’s 1-0 win over Iraq at the Asian Cup on Friday night. Honda scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row as the defending champions seized control ...

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

Jan 14, 2015

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has ignored the complaints of players and coaches about the standard of officiating at the Asian Cup and praised the work of the referees. The Bahraini, accompanied by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, met ...

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

Nov 19, 2014

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Japan has reaped the benefit of recalling a number of seasoned veterans and says experience will be crucial to the Samurai Blue’s chances of retaining their Asian Cup title in Australia in January. New coach Javier Aguirre used ...

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Nov 14, 2014

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Keisuke Honda scored and assisted twice as Asian champion Japan trounced Honduras with a 6-0 victory in a friendly on Friday. Joining Honda on the scoresheet were Maya Yoshida and Yasuhito Endo while substitutes Takashi Inui, who had two, and Yohei Toyoda opened their ...

Milan embraces red-hot Honda

Oct 20, 2014

Milan embraces red-hot Honda

Keisuke Honda was finally being feted by a resurgent AC Milan after a brace of goals in a 3-1 win away to Verona reassured club bosses they had not mistakenly signed the player’s brother. The Japan international now appears to have drawn a firm ...