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Aug 31, 2015

Makino sidelined by groin injury

Urawa Reds defender Tomoaki Makino has pulled out of Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan due to a right groin injury, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Makino has been replaced by FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, who received his first ...

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Aug 24, 2015

Japan manager Halilhodzic unhurt after car crash

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic ran his car into a taxi on Monday morning but was unhurt, the Japan Football Association said. Halilhodzic was driving in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward when he collided with an empty cab, whose driver was also not injured. The damage to ...

Aug 13, 2015

Japan, Iran to play friendly in Tehran

Japan will play Iran on Oct. 13 in a friendly at Tehran, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The game, scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m. in Japan), will come five days after Japan faces Syria in Oman for its ...

JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Aug 10, 2015

JFA backs Halilhodzic after East Asian Cup debacle

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic is not losing his job any time soon, Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said Monday. Upon returning from Wuhan, China, where Japan finished last at the East Asian Cup for the first time, Shimoda came to the defense ...

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Aug 10, 2015

Japan finishes last at East Asian Cup

Urawa Reds midfielder Yuki Muto scored a first-half equalizer, but it was not enough to prevent Japan from finishing bottom of the standings for the first time at the East Asian Cup on Sunday after a 1-1 draw against host China in the final ...

Halilhodzic cracks whip after North Korea defeat

Aug 3, 2015

Halilhodzic cracks whip after North Korea defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has blasted his players and ordered them to show some pride after a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in their East Asian Cup opener in China on Sunday. Second-string Japan made a dream start as Yuki Muto fired the ...

FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business

Jul 26, 2015

FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business

FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. The two presidents joined on stage for speeches to open a ...

Jul 24, 2015

Fox eyes World Cup studio in Moscow

David Neal looks ahead to the World Cup in less than three years and envisions Fox broadcasting from its own studio in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square. “I think for an American audience, you really have got to have something from Red Square. ...

Jul 12, 2015

Tashima says CONMEBOL has no proof of payment from Japan

The South American football confederation (CONMEBOL) has no record showing it received any payment from Japan during the bid for the 2002 World Cup hosting rights as alleged by a report from Spain, Japan Football Association vice president Kozo Tashima said on Sunday. “They ...

Jul 2, 2015

Injured Uchida to miss most of World Cup qualifying

Schalke is expecting Atsuto Uchida to miss the first half of the Bundesliga season according to Kicker magazine on Thursday, which would rule out the Japan defender for most of the second-round World Cup qualifiers. Uchida had surgery on his right knee this close ...

Jun 22, 2015

JFA says search finds no record of World Cup payment

Japan found no record of any payment made to the South American confederation (CONMEBOL) during its bid for the 2002 World Cup hosting rights as alleged by a recent report from Spain, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Monday. Citing a former CONMEBOL ...