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Andrew MCKIRDY
Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 27, 2008
Verdy halts Nagoya's run at six
Tokyo Verdy killed off the unbeaten start of Nagoya Grampus to the J. League season with a shock 2-0 win at Ajinomoto Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
SOCCER
Apr 23, 2008
Oliveira miffed about schedule
Kashima Antlers manager Oswaldo Oliveira has launched an angry tirade against his club's hectic schedule ahead of Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash with Beijing Guoan.
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 20, 2008
Tough day for Antlers as Fujigaya hurt in draw with Gamba
KASHIMA, Ibaraki Pref. — Gamba Osaka survived a first-half injury to goalkeeper Yosuke Fujigaya to claim a point from a scrappy 0-0 draw against Kashima Antlers on Saturday.
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Apr 19, 2008
Antlers logical destination for rehabbing Ronaldo in Japan
Whether there's truth in reports this week suggesting Ronaldo may be headed to the J. League, it is certainly a compelling story.
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 13, 2008
Resurgent Reds ready for Antlers
Urawa Reds manager Gert Engels is confident his resurgent side can maintain its push up the J. League table when unbeaten champions Kashima Antlers visit Saitama Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 13, 2008
Verdy's late own goal gives FC Tokyo victory in capital city derby
A last-minute own goal gave FC Tokyo a 2-1 win and bragging rights over Tokyo Verdy in a frantic capital city derby on Saturday.
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Apr 7, 2008
Ono quietly reviving career with VfL Bochum in Bundesliga
While Urawa Reds storm up the J. League table after a disastrous start to the season, one former player is quietly rebuilding his own reputation abroad with slightly less fanfare.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 6, 2008
Aggressive Frontale fail to capitalize on numerous chances
KAWASAKI — Kyoto Sanga launched an astonishing smash-and-grab raid on Kawasaki Frontale to claim a 1-0 win at Todoroki Stadium on Saturday evening.
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Mar 30, 2008
Okada should call up Tulio to help solidify shaky backline for Oman match
Japan's disappointing 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Bahrain this week came with no foreign-based players on the field, but it was the absence of one J. League stalwart that hit the hardest.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Mar 28, 2008
Bahraini muscle frustrates Japan
Japan's 2010 World Cup qualification hopes hit a snag on Wednesday as Bahrain grabbed a late goal to send Takeshi Okada's men crashing to a 1-0 defeat in Manama.
SOCCER / World cup
Mar 26, 2008
Nakamura's absence not a concern for Okada in Bahrain game
Japan takes the field with an entirely home-based team against Bahrain for its second 2010 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday, but manager Takeshi Okada is confident his side is strong enough to do the business.
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Mar 23, 2008
JFA gives cold shoulder to Premier League proposal to play games overseas
From a soccer perspective, the upcoming Major League Baseball season-opening series between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome feels like a glimpse into a parallel universe.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 21, 2008
Leandro's early strike prolongs misery for Reds, new coach
Urawa Reds' early season nightmare continued on Thursday as Vissel Kobe claimed a 1-0 Nabisco Cup win in new Reds manager Gert Engels' first match in charge. Leandro's third-minute strike was enough to send the J. League's biggest club crashing to its third defeat in three games, setting the seal on...
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Mar 17, 2008
Onfield results, off-field strife behind Osieck's sudden firing
Two defeats from their opening two J. League games hinted that something was seriously wrong at Urawa Reds. Now the crisis has been made official.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 16, 2008
Grampus thump disjointed Reds
SAITAMA — Urawa Reds slumped to their second straight defeat of the new J. League season on Saturday as Nagoya Grampus hit them with a high-tempo onslaught to claim a 2-0 win at Saitama Stadium 2002.
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Mar 15, 2008
Brazilian players changing countries not good for game
The news this week that Kawasaki Frontale's Brazilian striker Juninho hopes to gain Japanese citizenship and play for the national team will not have been music to FIFA president Sepp Blatter's ears.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 9, 2008
F. Marinos shock Reds in 2008 opener
YOKOHAMA — Yokohama F. Marinos handed Urawa Reds an opening day shock on Saturday with a 1-0 win that made sure Reds started the 2008 J. League season as badly as they finished 2007.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / 2008 J. LEAGUE PREVIEW
Mar 7, 2008
Osieck convinced Reds are on the right track
No one is looking forward to the start of the J. League season more than Urawa Reds.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / 2008 J. LEAGUE PREVIEW
Mar 6, 2008
Consadole shoot for immediate success in top division
The legacy of the 2002 World Cup has given many Japanese cities state-of-the-art stadiums, and Sapporo is no different.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / 2008 J. LEAGUE PREVIEW
Mar 5, 2008
JEF boss Kuze optimistic despite player exodus
Many soccer teams around the world recover from losing their captain and midfield inspiration between seasons, and many would even shrug off the departure of their best defender soon after.

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