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.

For Andrew McKirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Wales hoping to win new friends at Rugby World Cup

Jan 17, 2018

Wales hoping to win new friends at Rugby World Cup

The Wales national rugby team wants to "do more than just turn up, have a great time and then disappear" during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and plans to forge a lasting relationship with the city of Kitakyushu. "We want to come and ...

Takefusa Kubo left out for AFC U-23 Championship

Dec 26, 2017

Takefusa Kubo left out for AFC U-23 Championship

Japan Olympic men's soccer team manager Hajime Moriyasu on Tuesday left former Barcelona youth team starlet Takefusa Kubo out of his squad for next month's AFC U-23 Championship in a bid to keep him fresh for next season. Moriyasu, who was hired in October to ...

East Asian tournament provides few clues for World Cup

| Dec 20, 2017

East Asian tournament provides few clues for World Cup

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic may have learned a great deal from last week's E-1 Football Championship, but it is open to question how much it will benefit him at next summer's World Cup in Russia. Japan finished second at the four-team regional tournament held ...

South Korea crushes Japan in E-1 Football Championship final

Dec 16, 2017

South Korea crushes Japan in E-1 Football Championship final

Japan failed to win the E-1 Football Championship after collapsing 4-1 against South Korea on Saturday on the final day of the tournament. Japan headed into the game at Ajinomoto Stadium needing only a draw to lift the trophy for the second time, and the ...

Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

Dec 13, 2017

Japan's World Cup hopefuls seize chance in win over China

Japan's third-string players are forcing their way into World Cup contention with their performances at the E-1 Football Championship, according to manager Vahid Halilhodzic. "I think these players are serious candidates to play for the full-strength national team," Halilhodzic said after Japan beat China 2-1 ...