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:

Honda sweats on place in World Cup qualifier against Saudis

Nov 12, 2016

Honda sweats on place in World Cup qualifier against Saudis

National team manager Vahid Halilhodzic has warned star player Keisuke Honda that he is not guaranteed of a starting place when Japan takes on Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup qualifier next Tuesday. Honda started Japan's 4-0 friendly win over Oman at Kashima Stadium ...

Fukushima eyed for baseball, softball games in 2020 Olympics

Nov 9, 2016

Fukushima eyed for baseball, softball games in 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers on Wednesday gave the green light for disaster-affected Fukushima Prefecture to host baseball and softball games. Three cities — Fukushima, Koriyama and Iwaki — are under consideration to stage part of the competition as the two sports return to the Olympic ...

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

/ Nov 5, 2016

Argentina pummels Brave Blossoms in Joseph's debut

Japan lost 54-20 to Argentina on Saturday to deny Jamie Joseph a winning start to his reign as Brave Blossoms manager. Japan, which now heads to Europe to play test matches against Georgia, Wales and Fiji, conceded two first-half tries against 2015 Rugby World Cup ...

Frontale keep pressure on Reds

/ Oct 29, 2016

Frontale keep pressure on Reds

Kawasaki Frontale ensured that the race for the J. League Championship top seed will go down to the final day of the regular season after a 1-0 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Urawa Reds beat Jubilo Iwata 1-0 to stay top of the overall ...