Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Sep 8, 2014

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

by Gus Fielding

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success. Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, ...

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori's run to final inspires Samurai Blue

Gaku Shibasaki hopes he can take his first step onto the international stage Tuesday, hours after a fellow Aomori Yamada High School alumni tries to make sporting history with the world watching him — that being Kei Nishikori. In New York on Monday, Nishikori ...

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

Sep 6, 2014

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge. With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced ...

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

by Gus Fielding

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

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. ...

Honda vows to fight on despite defeat

Jun 25, 2014

Honda vows to fight on despite defeat

No matter how tough the going gets, Keisuke Honda never shows signs of defeat, a testament to the Japanese international’s mental strength. But on Tuesday, after Colombia’s Jackson Martinez put the game out of Japan’s reach with his second goal in the 82nd minute, ...

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, ...

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

Jun 25, 2014

Colombia eliminates Japan from World Cup

by Gus Fielding

A second-half attacking master class from Jackson Martinez and substitute James Rodriguez obliterated Japan’s wafer-thin hopes of progressing to the last 16 of the World Cup as Colombia eliminated the Asian champions with a 4-1 win in their final Group C match on Tuesday. ...