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Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things properly before taking a little bit ...

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

May 16, 2016

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Monday he is planning to get together his European-based players that have just finished their seasons with their club sides for training next week. “The (training) menus will be divided up according to the condition of the players ...

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Mar 28, 2016

Halilhodzic warns Japan to be wary of crafty Syria

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has warned his players not to “fall into traps” laid by Syria on Tuesday night and called for cool heads in the final match of the second round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. “This ...

Mar 5, 2016

FIFA boss wants 2026 bid process to be clean

FIFA must make the 2026 World Cup bidding process “absolutely bulletproof” because the entire organization’s credibility is at stake, new president Gianni Infantino said on Friday. Infantino, elected FIFA boss last week, hopes to start 2026 bidding within three months after it was delayed ...

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Jan 3, 2016

Halilhodzic concerned about state of Japanese soccer

Japan may be perched at the top of its second-round group in Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but coach Vahid Halilhodzic has branded his team a “third-division” outfit and says he fears for the future of the J. League. In an end-of-year ...

Dec 14, 2015

Japan U22s play out friendly stalemate with Uzbekistan

Japan’s Under-22 soccer team was held to its second scoreless draw in four days Sunday in a friendly against Uzbekistan. Fagiano Okayama’s Shinya Yajima, who started in right midfield as a replacement for the injured Gakuto Notsuda, failed to convert chances as Japan wrapped ...

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

Dec 7, 2015

FIFA representative Tashima to run for JFA presidency

FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima announced on Monday that he will run for the Japan Football Association presidency. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Tashima said. “Everything I’ve said over the last 10 years I hope to stand by.” Tashima, 58, ...

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Nov 12, 2015

Japan trounces Singapore in World Cup qualifier

Mu Kanazaki marked his return from the international wilderness with his first national team goal as Japan whipped Singapore 3-0 on Thursday in a second-round Asian qualifier for the 2018 World Cup. Kanazaki opened the scoring after 20 minutes with a fine effort and ...

Halilhodzic out for 'revenge' against Singapore

Nov 11, 2015

Halilhodzic out for 'revenge' against Singapore

Vahid Halilhodzic will be looking for some attacking spark when revenge-minded Japan faces Singapore away on Thursday in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in the Asian second-round Group E. Halilhodzic’s men were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw in their opening match at home ...