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/ Jun 12, 2017

Yamaguchi in doubt for World Cup qualifier

Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi remains doubtful for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Iraq due to a lower right leg injury. In searing heat topping 35 degrees C in the Iranian capital, Yamaguchi on Sunday continued to train apart from the team with persistent pain in ...

/ Jun 5, 2017

Usami added to Japan squad for Syria friendly

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will call up Augsburg forward Takashi Usami for this week's friendly against Syria, the Japan Football Association said Monday. The former Gamba Osaka man, who had loan spells at Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim between 2011 and 2013, returned to Germany ahead ...

Brazil punches ticket for World Cup

/ Mar 29, 2017

Brazil punches ticket for World Cup

Brazil became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday after beating Paraguay to clinch an eighth consecutive victory as Argentina's campaign stumbled after the shock suspension of Lionel Messi. Five-time champion Brazil had been left waiting in suspense after goals from ...

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

/ Mar 27, 2017

Thailand hoping to frustrate Japan in World Cup qualifier

Thailand will go for broke against Japan in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with hopes of reproducing Singapore's epic draw at Saitama Stadium in the previous qualifying round. "We have nothing to lose," Thai coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said on Monday. "We have the heart and soul ...

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

/ Mar 26, 2017

Kagawa taking nothing for granted under Halilhodzic

Shinji Kagawa may have returned to the starting lineup for Japan in Thursday's win over the United Arab Emirates, but the Dortmund midfielder feels far from certain about his place in the first team. Following training on Sunday for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Thailand ...