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Inter Milan's Nagatomo limps off pitch with hamstring pain

Aug 27, 2017

Inter Milan's Nagatomo limps off pitch with hamstring pain

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic could be in for a selection headache for the World Cup qualifier against Australia after defender Yuto Nagatomo asked for his own substitution in Inter Milan's 3-1 win at Roma on Saturday. Nagatomo, who has been called up for Thursday's Australia ...

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

/ Aug 25, 2017

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

Kawasaki Frontale will not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being disciplined over a controversial wartime Japanese flag, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The club's decision means accepting the Asian Football Confederation's ruling: a $15,000 fine and one ...

Ibrahimovic back with Manchester United

Aug 25, 2017

Ibrahimovic back with Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has unfinished business at Manchester United. The Swedish striker signed another one-year deal with United on Thursday, returning to the English club that released him during the summer while he recovered from a serious right knee injury. "I am back to finish what I ...

Yoshida signs new three-year Southampton contract

Aug 25, 2017

Yoshida signs new three-year Southampton contract

Japan defender Maya Yoshida signed a new three-year contract with Southampton on Thursday that ties him to the Premier League club until 2020. Yoshida has been an important part of the club's progress since he arrived at St Mary's in 2012 and the new deal ...

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 24, 2017

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Keisuke Honda is among 27 players named to Japan's squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia. Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be counting on the experience of the veteran midfielder who scored in his debut for Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday. Other ...

England record-holder Rooney abruptly ends international career

Aug 24, 2017

England record-holder Rooney abruptly ends international career

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international soccer on Wednesday after spurning an offer to return to the squad. "I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a statement. "I will always remain a passionate England fan." A return ...

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 ...

Honda scores in debut for Mexico's Pachuca

Aug 23, 2017

Honda scores in debut for Mexico's Pachuca

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda made an immediate impression in Pachuca colors as he came off the bench to score a goal on his Liga MX debut in a 4-1 win over Veracruz on Tuesday. Honda came on 12 minutes after the break, welcomed by cheers ...