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:

Frontale keep title hopes alive

/ Nov 18, 2017

Frontale keep title hopes alive

Kawasaki Frontale defender Elsinho scored in the 82nd minute to keep the J. League title race alive for at least another round with a 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Frontale went into the game at Todoroki Stadium knowing that a loss to Gamba ...

Competition heats up as Japan prepares for top-class tests

| Nov 8, 2017

Competition heats up as Japan prepares for top-class tests

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic demanded strong friendly opposition to help prepare Japan for next summer's World Cup, and this coming week's two fixtures certainly fit the bill. Japan faces five-time world champion Brazil in Lille, France, on Friday before taking on European heavyweight Belgium ...

Wallabies crush Brave Blossoms

/ Nov 4, 2017

Wallabies crush Brave Blossoms

Two-time Rugby World Cup winner Australia handed 2019 host Japan a harsh lesson two years ahead of the tournament with a 63-30 win in Yokohama on Saturday. Australia, which beat the world champion All Blacks in Brisbane on Oct. 21, ran in five first-half tries ...

Rugby World Cup schedule unveiled in Tokyo

/ Nov 2, 2017

Rugby World Cup schedule unveiled in Tokyo

Japan will play the winner of the European qualifying competition in the opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on Sept. 20, as organizers announced the full tournament schedule on Thursday. [video_embed number="1"] The Brave Blossoms, who will be bidding to ...

Reds look to change image in ACL final

/ Oct 19, 2017

Reds look to change image in ACL final

Urawa Reds defender Tomoaki Makino hailed his team's composure and resilience after holding off star-studded Shanghai SIPG to book its place in the Asian Champions League final on Wednesday night. Rafael Silva scored in the 12th minute to give Urawa a 1-0 win over Shanghai ...

Urawa beats Shanghai to reach Asian Champions League final

Oct 18, 2017

Urawa beats Shanghai to reach Asian Champions League final

Urawa Reds advanced to the final of the Asian Champions League for the first time since 2007 with a 2-1 aggregate win over China's Shanghai SIPG after winning Wednesday's semifinal second leg 1-0. Rafael Silva scored in the 11th minute to put Urawa ahead at ...