Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Jan 25, 2015

Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Japan manager Javier Aguirre said Sunday that he has yet to be contacted by Spanish authorities over the match-fixing scandal implicating him in a reportedly staged La Liga match in 2011. Aguirre, upon returning from Sydney where Japan was eliminated in the Asian Cup ...

Japan reflects on loss

| Jan 24, 2015

Japan reflects on loss

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda admitted defending champion Japan only had itself to blame for its quarterfinal defeat at the Asian Cup on Friday and put the team’s earlier-than-expected exit down to “naivety” and lack of a cutting edge in front of goal. In ...

JFA chief: Aguirre will remain as manager

| Jan 24, 2015

JFA chief: Aguirre will remain as manager

Japan Football Association chief Kuniya Daini confirmed Saturday that Javier Aguirre will stay on as coach of the national team, a day after the defending champions were knocked out of the Asian Cup in the quarterfinals. A Valencia court has reportedly accepted a claim ...

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

Jan 21, 2015

Japan captain Hasebe shrugs off scheduling concerns

by Gus Fielding

Makoto Hasebe has called for Japan to show their champions’ pedigree and says Samurai Blue’s punishing fixture schedule should not be an excuse for slipping up against the United Arab Emirates in the quarterfinals of the Asian Cup. Japan cruised into the last eight ...

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 ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...