Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

Mar 29, 2016

Japan clobbers Syria with late onslaught

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Japan finished top of its 2018 World Cup second-round qualifying group without conceding a single goal after beating closest challenger Syria 5-0 on Tuesday night. Japan, which had already booked its place in the 12-team final round heading into the game at Saitama Stadium, ...

Japan squad named for World Cup qualifiers

Mar 17, 2016

Japan squad named for World Cup qualifiers

ADO Den Haag striker Mike Havenaar returned to the national team fold and two-time World Cup goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima won a recall as Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Afghanistan and Syria. ...

Jan 30, 2016

Honda would welcome chance to play in Rio Games if asked

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda said he had not contemplated about representing Japan at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an overage player but admitted he would consider it if asked to go by the Japan Football Association. “I hadn’t thought about that, ...

Honda determined to reach goals as player, owner

Jan 4, 2016

Honda determined to reach goals as player, owner

Growing up in Osaka, Keisuke Honda dreamed of signing with AC Milan and wearing the No. 10 for the Rossoneri, a dream the Japan international has managed to realize. But two years after arriving at the San Siro to huge fanfare and massive expectations, ...

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Nov 12, 2015

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Mu Kanazaki marked his return from the international wilderness with his first national team goal as Japan whipped Singapore 3-0 on Thursday in a second-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Kanazaki opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a fine effort and ...

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Oct 9, 2015

Honda says Japan didn't deliver best performance

Keisuke Honda has issued Japan with a must-do-better report despite a 3-0 win over Syria in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier in neutral Oman on Thursday night. Japan struggled to break down Syria in the first half, but Honda put his team ahead ...

Japan downs Syria 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

Oct 9, 2015

Japan downs Syria 3-0 in World Cup qualifier

Japan swept past Syria 3-0 in neutral Oman on Thursday to seize top spot in second-round Group E in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Keisuke Honda converted from the penalty spot in the 55th minute to give Japan the lead ...

Historic win sends shock waves through Rugby World Cup

Sep 20, 2015

Historic win sends shock waves through Rugby World Cup

So often bullied by rugby’s heavyweights, Japan got off the canvas and lifted South Africa off its feet with a huge uppercut that sent shock waves through the sport. Japan’s 34-32 win against the Springboks on Saturday was immediately regarded as the biggest upset ...