Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale’s under-23 ...

Havenaar breaks Okazaki's European scoring record

May 9, 2016

Havenaar breaks Okazaki's European scoring record

Mike Havenaar finished the Dutch Eredivisie season with his 16th goal, the most ever by a Japanese in a single European top-flight campaign, as ADO Den Haag drew 1-1 to Heerenveen on Sunday. Havenaar converted a first-half penalty for Den Haag, which ended up ...

Jubilant Leicester lifts EPL trophy

May 8, 2016

Jubilant Leicester lifts EPL trophy

In a scene that would have seemed absurd a year ago, Leicester captain Wes Morgan collected the English Premier League trophy on Saturday after one of the most improbable turnarounds by a sports team. “It’s the best time of my life,” Morgan, who joined ...

Okazaki in wonderland after Leicester's Premier League triumph

May 4, 2016

Okazaki in wonderland after Leicester's Premier League triumph

Count Shinji Okazaki as one of those people who are having a hard time believing that Leicester City has actually won the Premier League. “I still can’t believe it,” the Leicester forward said on Tuesday, a night after the Foxes captured the title thanks ...

Leicester City completes miracle season with title

May 3, 2016

Leicester City completes miracle season with title

Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 160 km away. And when the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, they raised their arms in triumph. One of the greatest sporting ...

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Apr 30, 2016

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Ex-Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has hailed Shinji Okazaki’s contribution to the Foxes as their Premier League season draws to a fairy-tale climax, and says he is not surprised that the Japan striker has become a hit at King Power Stadium. Leicester — 5,000-1 ...

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Apr 18, 2016

Okazaki hails never-say-die Leicester after West Ham draw

Premier League-leading Leicester City saw its five-match winning streak halted on Sunday, but Japan striker Shinji Okazaki hailed his team’s battling 2-2 draw with West Ham United in a game that was riddled with controversial refereeing decisions. “I think that point was huge for ...

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Apr 11, 2016

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Leicester City continued its inexorable march towards the Premier League title as Jamie Vardy’s brace earned the Foxes victory at Sunderland on Sunday, but Tottenham Hotspur showed it will not give up the chase after demolishing Manchester United 3-0. Vardy’s late goals in a ...

Leicester takes big step toward league title

Apr 4, 2016

Leicester takes big step toward league title

After a fourth successive 1-0 victory sent Leicester into a seven-point lead, some giddy fans started to unfurl Premier League “champions” scarves in the King Power Stadium. Although there are still six games remaining after Sunday’s gritty win over Southampton, celebrations are already under ...

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, ...