Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH May 1, 2001

Bored over in Cordoba

After "Le Flop" in Paris in March, Japan gave us "El Yawno" in Cordoba on Wednesday, holding Spain scoreless for 92 minutes until a moment of madness from Koji Nakata led to an injury-time winner from substitute Ruben Baraja. Japan coach Philippe Troussier insisted afterward ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Apr 17, 2001

Small minds behind the small screen

Have you been lucky enough to follow England's World Cup qualifiers or Liverpool's progress in the UEFA Cup on SKY PerfecTV recently? Let me rephrase that: Have you been clever enough? My sympathies to the thousands of you out there who, not sure whether ...

Soccer | THE BALD TRUTH Apr 3, 2001

Japan stuck in the Twilight Zone

Now that the dust has settled after "Le Flop," Japan coach Philippe Troussier will have a clearer idea of what he needs to do to put his team's chemistry right before this month's friendly against Spain in Cordoba. That Japan's normally acidic "sports" dailies gave ...

National Mar 10, 2001

Ex-soccer star turns to wheelchair basketball

-- Former soccer player Kazuyuki Kyoya revealed a glimpse of his professional past when he talked about his experiences with the Japanese wheelchair basketball team at last year's Sydney Paralympics. "I didn't feel particularly excited because we had our first game the next day. We ...

Soccer / J. League Oct 31, 2000

Japan edges Saudi Arabia to become Asian champion

BEIRUT -- Japan survived a hostile "away" crowd, an early penalty and a second-half barrage by Saudi Arabia on Sunday to win the Asian Cup final 1-0 on a neatly taken goal from Kyoto midfielder Shigeyoshi Mochizuki. Philippe Troussier's side, booed throughout by a capacity ...

More Sports Oct 26, 2000

Japan into Asian Cup semis

Japan spotted Iraq a one-goal lead in their Asian Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday, but came charging back to win 4-1 with two goals from Man of the Match Hiroshi Nanami and one apiece from Naohiro Takahara and Tomokazu Myojin. The Iraqi jinx looked set to ...

Soccer / World Cup Oct 22, 2000

Ten-man Japan battles to draw with Qatar

Japan "B" conceded a soft goal and was reduced to 10 men before halftime on Friday, but salvaged a 1-1 draw with Qatar in their final Asian Cup group match thanks to a 60th-minute equalizer from substitute Akinori Nishizawa. Philippe Troussier rested eight of the ...

More Sports Oct 19, 2000

Japan runs riot over Uzbekistan

Japan threatened to run up a cricket score against Uzbekistan on Tuesday, but settled for a crushing 8-1 win to become the first team to make the Asian Cup quarterfinals. Jubilo Iwata's Naohiro Takahara and striking partner Akinori Nishizawa both netted hat tricks as the ...

Soccer / J. League Oct 17, 2000

Iran, Iraq stumble in Asian Cup

BEIRUT -- Iranian coach Seyed Jalal Talebi faced a grilling from the press at the Asian Cup on Sunday after his side was held to a 1-1 draw by Thailand at Beirut Sports City Stadium. The result, rescued thanks to a 74th-minute equalizer from German-based ...