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:

Date routed 6-0, 6-0 in final match of career

/ Sep 12, 2017

Date routed 6-0, 6-0 in final match of career

Kimiko Date brought the curtain down on her storied tennis career after a first-round 6-0, 6-0 loss to Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic at the Japan Women's Open on Tuesday. Date, who announced late last month that this week's tournament at Ariake Tennis Forest Park would be ...

Japan secures spot in sixth consecutive World Cup

/ Aug 31, 2017

Japan secures spot in sixth consecutive World Cup

Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi scored in each half to book Japan's place at the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Australia on Thursday. Japan went into the game at Saitama Stadium knowing that it would qualify for a sixth straight World Cup ...

Yoshida, Japan teammates await important match against Australia

Aug 29, 2017

Yoshida, Japan teammates await important match against Australia

Japan defender Maya Yoshida insists he and his teammates are relaxed ahead of Thursday's crunch World Cup qualifier against Australia despite rumors that manager Vahid Halilhodzic will be fired if the Samurai Blue fail to win. "To be honest it's really calm, because we all ...

Podolski's Japan adventure in danger of turning sour

| Aug 23, 2017

Podolski's Japan adventure in danger of turning sour

Things are not going well for Lukas Podolski. The German World Cup winner made global headlines in March when he agreed to join Vissel Kobe in July, spurning advances from wealthy Chinese clubs to give the J. League its most high-profile signing in years. Upon arriving ...

Kawasaki slams door on Kashima's unbeaten streak

/ Aug 13, 2017

Kawasaki slams door on Kashima's unbeaten streak

Kawasaki Frontale ended Kashima Antlers' nine-match unbeaten run and cut the gap on the J. League leaders with an emphatic 3-1 win on Sunday. Defending champion Kashima had won eight of nine games and drawn the other heading into the match at Todoroki Stadium, but ...