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Keisuke Honda scores in A-League debut

Soccer Oct 20, 2018

Keisuke Honda scores in A-League debut

Melbourne Victory newcomer Keisuke Honda scored a memorable goal in his A-League debut, but his team fell 2-1 to local rival Melbourne City in their season-opening clash on Saturday. The former Japan international donned the captain's armband as he started the Melbourne Derby on the ...

Grampus edge Reysol, boost survival hopes

Soccer / J. League Oct 19, 2018

Grampus edge Reysol, boost survival hopes

Brazilian striker Jo scored the winner with an assist from countryman Gabriel Xavier as Nagoya Grampus beat 10-man Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 Friday night in a clash between two sides fighting to avoid relegation from the J. League first division. With Grampus coming into the match ...

Arsene Wenger hints at Japan comeback in 2019

Soccer Oct 19, 2018

Arsene Wenger hints at Japan comeback in 2019

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to be working again in the new year and has fielded inquiries from all over the world, he told German newspaper Bild. Wenger, who left Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge, said he did not know what ...

Jaguars, Fulham owner Shahid Khan drops divisive Wembley bid

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Jaguars, Fulham owner Shahid Khan drops divisive Wembley bid

Wembley Stadium is staying in the hands of English soccer. American sports magnate Shahid Khan abandoned a £600 million ($790 million) bid for the English Football Association's main asset on Wednesday after recognizing the extent of opposition to the sale. Khan, who owns the NFL's Jacksonville ...

Keisuke Honda eager for first season in Australia to finally kick off

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Keisuke Honda eager for first season in Australia to finally kick off

Former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is itching to kick off his Australian adventure with Melbourne Victory on Saturday after a long wait through the A-League's "weird" and "unique" preseason. As the league's highest-profile signing, Honda arrived in Australia to much fanfare in August, but with ...

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Soccer Oct 18, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu praises Japan's cohesiveness in matches

Following Japan's impressive 4-3 friendly win over Uruguay, manager Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday lauded his new-look side for its seamless integration of overlapping generations of players. The victory Tuesday in Saitama was the third in three matches under the new boss and the first combining ...

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. After consecutive years travelling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since ...

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

Soccer Oct 17, 2018

New stars shine for Samurai Blue

by Dan Orlowitz

A squad in transition following a surprisingly successful run in the World Cup. A new head coach establishing his vision. A South American opponent ranked fifth in the world. A sold-out Saitama Stadium. An impressive win that fans will look back on as having ...

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

Japan strikes early, holds off Uruguay in thrilling friendly

Takumi Minamino scored a brace, while Ritsu Doan netted his first international goal, as Japan's rising stars spearheaded a 4-3 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. In their third outing under manager Hajime Moriyasu, the Samurai Blue displayed an impressive attacking game as they outplayed ...

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Soccer Oct 16, 2018

LIVEBLOG: Japan vs Uruguay

Follow our live coverage as the Samurai Blue take on Uruguay in the toughest test yet for new manager Hajime Moriyasu.