Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

/ Jun 16, 2017

Shiotani embracing challenge of move to Al Ain

Defender Tsukasa Shiotani said Friday he is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the United Arab Emirates after securing a move to Al Ain from struggling Sanfrecce Hiroshima.The 28-year-old Shiotani, who has signed a two-year deal with the 2003 Asian Champions League winner, ...

/ Jun 15, 2017

Defender Shiotani headed to UAE's Al Ain

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defender Tsukasa Shiotani will join United Arab Emirates powerhouse Al Ain, the J. League team announced Thursday.Capped twice at the senior international level, the 28-year-old, who was one of three overage players on the Japan squad at last summer’s Rio Olympics, joins ...

Apr 27, 2017

Space, the final frontier for Earth's crude oil giants

The Middle East has an outsize impact on energy here on Earth. One analyst thinks some regional powerhouses may leverage that role into the development of natural resources in space.Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are developing space programs and investing ...

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Mar 24, 2017

Japan's Konno, Osako sustain injuries in match against UAE

Japan’s World Cup qualifying win over the host United Arab Emirates cost it a couple of injuries as midfielder Yasuyuki Konno and forward Yuya Osako headed to the hospital after touching down at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture on Friday.Konno, who scored the second ...

Kubo stars as Japan beats UAE in World Cup qualifier

Mar 24, 2017

Kubo stars as Japan beats UAE in World Cup qualifier

Yuya Kubo opened his national team account and Yasuyuki Konno marked his return from the international wilderness with a goal as Japan beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 away in a final-round World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.In only his third international appearance, Belgian-based forward ...

Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

/ Mar 16, 2017

Halilhodzic keeps spot for Honda on 25-man squad

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has decided to keep faith in Keisuke Honda, naming the out-of-favor AC Milan attacker to his 25-man squad on Thursday for this month’s World Cup final-round qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand.Halilhodzic also threw in a few surprises as ...

Sep 2, 2016

JFA issues formal protest over Japan's disallowed goal against UAE

The Japan Football Association has lodged a formal protest over a controversially disallowed goal in Japan’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, an official said on Friday.TV replays showed Takuma Asano’s shot crossed the line in mid-air before ...

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Aug 29, 2016

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to exorcise his demons and help Japan get off to a winning start in the final Asian round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when it faces the United Arab Emirates in Group B in Saitama on Thursday.UAE ...

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand.Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong squad ...