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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 / 2008 J. LEAGUE PREVIEW
Mar 4, 2008
Stojkovic delighted to be back in Nagoya
The early years of the J. League saw many world-class stars arrive in Japan, but few, if any, gave as good service as Dragan Stojkovic.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 2, 2008
Sanfrecce beat Antlers in controversy-marred match
A hugely controversial performance from referee Masaaki Iemoto overshadowed an unlikely penalty-shootout win for second-division Sanfrecce Hiroshima over J. League champion Kashima Antlers in the Xerox Super Cup on Saturday.
SOCCER / J. League
Mar 1, 2008
Antlers back in action in Xerox Super Cup
Club soccer returns to Japan on Saturday as reigning J. League champion Kashima Antlers take on Emperor's Cup runnerup Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the traditional curtain-raising Xerox Super Cup match.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Feb 7, 2008
Japan freezes out Thailand in World Cup qualification opener
Japan kicked off its bid for a place at the 2010 World Cup with a 4-1 win over a stubborn Thailand at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Wednesday night.
SOCCER / World cup
Feb 6, 2008
Japan begins campaign for fourth straight trip to World Cup
The long road toward the 2010 World Cup begins for Japan on Wednesday night with a first qualification match against Thailand at Saitama Stadium 2002.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jan 31, 2008
Osim watches as Yamase double helps down Bosnia
Japan coach Takeshi Okada notched the first win of his second spell in charge of the national team with a 3-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at National Stadium on Wednesday night.
SOCCER / World cup
Jan 30, 2008
Okada: Osim won't cast shadow over team
Japan coach Takeshi Okada insists the presence of predecessor Ivica Osim, will not cast a shadow over his team against Bosnia-Herzegovina at National Stadium on Wednesday night.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jan 27, 2008
Japan, Chile scoreless in Okada's return
Japan kicked off coach Takeshi Okada's second spell in charge of the national team with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Chile at National Stadium on Saturday night.
SOCCER / World cup
Jan 26, 2008
Okada's second era begins against Chile
Japan goes back to the future on Saturday night as Takeshi Okada oversees his first match back in charge of the national side with a friendly at National Stadium against Chile.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Dec 2, 2007
Inspired Antlers squad captures J. League title
KASHIMA — Kashima Antlers pulled off an unbelievable J. League title triumph on Saturday with a 3-0 demolition of Shimizu S-Pulse, as championship rival Urawa Reds blew the defense of their crown with a stunning 1-0 defeat to Yokohama FC.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Nov 25, 2007
Antlers shock Osieck's Reds
SAITAMA — Nine-man Kashima Antlers stunned Urawa Reds on Saturday with a 1-0 win that takes the 2007 J. League title race down to the wire.
SOCCER
Jul 19, 2007
Sir Alex: Trip's timing not sign of disrespect
SAITAMA — Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed accusations of disrespect for Asian soccer on his club's current tour of the region.
SOCCER
Jul 18, 2007
Reds pull out draw with mighty United
SAITAMA — Urawa Reds spoiled Manchester United's party by claiming a battling 2-2 draw at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Tuesday night.
SOCCER
Jul 17, 2007
Man Utd arrive in Tokyo for tour
Manchester United arrived in Tokyo on Monday for the first leg of its Asian tour, boasting a roster packed with the biggest names in world soccer.
Japan Times
SOCCER
May 24, 2007
Reds advance to quarterfinals
SAITAMA — Urawa Reds put its name in the hat for the Asian Champions League quarterfinals after a nervy 0-0 draw with Sydney FC at Saitama Stadium 2002 on Wednesday night.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
May 14, 2007
Washington wills Urawa to draw against Gamba
SAITAMA — Urawa Reds rode their luck to scramble a 1-1 draw against league leaders Gamba Osaka and stay within touching distance of the top spot on Sunday at Saitama Stadium 2002.

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