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 ...

New JFA president Tashima targets World Cup semi spot by 2030

Mar 27, 2016

New JFA president Tashima targets World Cup semi spot by 2030

New Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima vowed to achieve his organization’s midterm goal of reaching the World Cup semifinals by 2030 when he officially took office on Sunday. The 58-year-old, who won the presidential election at the end of January when he was ...

Injured Uchida done for season

Mar 2, 2016

Injured Uchida done for season

Schalke announced Tuesday that Japan right back Atsuto Uchida is set to miss the rest of the season having flown home to be treated for a persistent knee injury. The 27-year-old, who still has two years left on his contract in Gelsenkirchen, has not ...

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

Feb 23, 2016

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

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The Rio Olympics are just over five months away, but with the new J. League season about to begin, Japan’s soccer medal hopefuls have no time to sit back and dream of glory in Brazil. Japan booked its ticket to the 16-team men’s tournament ...

Feb 17, 2016

JFA set to announce J-Village as 2020 base for Japan's soccer teams

The Japan Football Association on Friday will announce that its men’s and women’s teams will use the J-Village in Fukushima as their training base for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The J-Village training center has led the ...

Halilhodzic earmarks Havenaar for Japan return

Feb 8, 2016

Halilhodzic earmarks Havenaar for Japan return

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has hinted ADO Den Haag forward Mike Havenaar is in line for a recall to the national side. Halilhodzic, who is currently on a scouting tour through Europe, said Monday that he spoke to the out-of-favor Japan international following Saturday’s ...

Jan 25, 2016

Japan to face Denmark, Bosnia, Bulgaria in Kirin Cup

Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria will travel to Japan in June to take part in the Kirin Cup, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The four-way tournament, which includes host Japan, is being held for the first time in five years. The games ...