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Psychic parrot picks Japan to beat Australia

/ Aug 30, 2017

Psychic parrot picks Japan to beat Australia

With Japan facing Australia in an imminent soccer World Cup qualifier, the former's victory is a sure thing, one fortune-teller in the country claimed on Wednesday. Olivia, an African grey parrot who has made a name for himself as a psychic, picked Japan to win ...

Socceroos looking to wrap up qualification for Russia 2018

/ Aug 30, 2017

Socceroos looking to wrap up qualification for Russia 2018

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said on Wednesday he will not take his foot off the gas even though the Socceroos' World Cup qualification chances were given a boost with Saudi Arabia's overnight loss to the United Arab Emirates. The second-place Saudis' 2-1 defeat means Australia, ...

Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

/ Aug 28, 2017

Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is hoping he gets the chance to produce more heroics against Australia when the Samurai Blue take on the Socceroos in Thursday's crucial World Cup qualifier at Saitama Stadium. The 31-year-old Honda secured Japan's berth at the 2014 World Cup finals ...

JFA voices support for Japan coach Halilhodzic

/ Aug 23, 2017

JFA voices support for Japan coach Halilhodzic

The Japan Football Association reiterated its support for national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Wednesday, responding to a report that said the federation could sack the Bosnian if Japan fails to beat Australia in its upcoming World Cup qualifier. Nikkan Sports, quoting an unnamed JFA ...

/ Jun 28, 2017

Netherlands-bound Doan targets World Cup spot

Up-and-coming midfielder Ritsu Doan had the 2018 Russia World Cup on his mind as he left for Europe on Wednesday to join Dutch first-division side FC Groningen on loan from Gamba Osaka. "I want to go to Russia. I am going to make a killer ...