Jun 8, 2016

Yoshida unsure of future with Southampton

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said Wednesday he is uncertain of how things will be at Southampton with manager Ronald Koeman reportedly on his way to Everton. “The manager might change and I don’t know how things will turn out for me,” Yoshida said, a ...

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Jun 8, 2016

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic ripped into his players and accused them of not being nasty enough after their lack of a mean streak was laid bare in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Kirin Cup final defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Japan a 28th-minute ...

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Jun 6, 2016

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki believes Leicester City strike-partner Jamie Vardy would make a seamless transition at Arsenal if he joins the Gunners just weeks after helping the Foxes complete a fairy-tale run to their first Premier League title. Vardy, who scored 24 goals last ...

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Jun 5, 2016

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic insists there will be no room for sentiment when the Samurai Blue take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final of the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday night. The 63-year-old Halilhodzic, who holds Bosnian and French nationality, rejected the offer ...

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Jun 1, 2016

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Japan forward Keisuke Honda will miss Friday’s Kirin Cup game against Bulgaria with a left-knee injury and could also be out for the second match next week, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday. Halilhodzic made it clear he is not taking any risks with the ...

May 30, 2016

Honda skips training due to discomfort in left knee

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda was held out of Japan training on Monday for the Kirin Cup with discomfort in his left knee and is now day-to-day for the four-team tournament. The 25-man squad assembled in full for the first time on Monday for the ...

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

May 25, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things ...

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

May 16, 2016

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Monday he is planning to get together his European-based players that have just finished their seasons with their club sides for training next week. “The (training) menus will be divided up according to the condition of the players ...

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

New JFA vice president Okada keen to shake up Japanese soccer

Apr 1, 2016

New JFA vice president Okada keen to shake up Japanese soccer

New Japan Football Association vice president Takeshi Okada fired a warning shot on Friday, urging the Japanese soccer community to have the courage to change if it wants to retain its current status in the world game. Japan’s two-time World Cup coach spoke for ...

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Mar 28, 2016

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his players not to “fall into traps” laid by Syria on Tuesday night and called for cool heads in the final match of the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. “This ...