Soccer / World Cup May 3, 2002

Hondurans hold Japan

KOBE -- If Japan manager Philippe Troussier needed to be reminded of his side's defensive frailties, then he should be grateful to Honduras, which pushed the home side to a 3-3 draw in the Kirin Cup at Kobe Wing Stadium on Thursday. Honduras took the ...

Troussier plans no more 'surprises'

Soccer / World Cup May 2, 2002

Troussier plans no more 'surprises'

KOBE -- Japan coach Philippe Troussier didn't promise any more "surprises" for Thursday's Kirin Cup match against Honduras at Kobe Wing Stadium, saying only that it was a practice match for the World Cup and he would be happy to win 1-0 with an ...

SPORTS SCOPE EXTRA Apr 20, 2002

Troussier raising more questions than answers

The only answer anyone in the press room could come up with was: "Well, he's French, isn't he." The question being: Why did Japan manager Philippe Troussier take Kashima Antlers midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara off the field after just 25 minutes in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against ...

Soccer / World Cup Apr 18, 2002

Troussier's troops draw with Costa Rica

YOKOHAMA -- Wherever Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi goes, you can be guaranteed that lunacy will follow. And so it was, as Philippe Troussier, the "mad scientist" (formerly the "white witch doctor"), continued to throw different solutions into the pot that is the Japan national soccer ...

Soccer / World Cup Apr 18, 2002

Saitama pitch OK

URAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Players and officials gave the thumbs up to the pitch at Saitama's World Cup stadium on Tuesday after a reserve team match between the Urawa Reds and Kashiwa Reysol. The match was played at Saitama Stadium 2002 at the request of ...

Soccer / World Cup Apr 11, 2002

Troussier sticks with Shunsuke

Japan manager Philippe Troussier retained Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura in his squad for next Wednesday's friendly international against Costa Rica and also brought back left-sided midfielder/defender Toshihiro Hattori. Hattori, who has missed most of this season after contracting peritonitis, is joined by Jubilo ...

Soccer / World Cup Apr 5, 2002

Don't worry, everything will be OK, says English Football Association

For anyone worried about English soccer hooligans blighting this summer's World Cup, Adrian Bevington, the English Football Association's communications manager, has one message: They won't be there. "Around 1,500 to 1,800 hooligans won't be coming," Bevington assured The Japan Times on Wednesday. "Around 1,000 people ...

Japan stifles Ukraine

Soccer / World Cup Mar 22, 2002

Japan stifles Ukraine

OSAKA -- Japan's first match of this World Cup year ended in success on Thursday as it beat Ukraine 1-0 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka. Japan's Alessandro Santos (right) tries a shot during a friendly match against Ukraine. Manager Philippe Troussier will no doubt say ...

Soccer / World Cup Mar 2, 2002

Belgian boss praises Japan

Robert Waseige, manager of the Belgian team that will face Japan in the World Cup finals, kept his cards very close to his chest as he met the Japanese media on Monday. Asked how well acquainted he was with the Japanese team, he replied: "I ...

Soccer / World Cup Mar 1, 2002

FIFA 'ready' for World Cup

FIFA officials and representatives of the 32 teams competing in this year's World Cup wrapped up a two-day workshop in Tokyo on Thursday by declaring that they are ready to stage the World Cup in May and June. In fact, Michel Zen-Ruffinen, the general secretary ...