Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Soccer / J. League Feb 3, 2017

Ex-JFA chief, IOC member Okano dies at 85

Shunichiro Okano, former president of the Japan Football Association and member of the International Olympic Committee, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to the situation said Friday. He was 85. Okano, who won one cap during his playing days, helped ...

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Soccer / J. League Dec 7, 2015

2002 World Cup hero Suzuki hangs up boots

Former Japan forward Takayuki Suzuki said he wants go into coaching as he announced his retirement on Monday. "I need to study so I can get my badge," said the 39-year-old Suzuki, who finished his 21-year career with JEF United Chiba in the J. League ...

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2015

JFA chief Daini denies Japan paid for 2002 World Cup vote

Japan Football Association chief Kuniya Daini has denied a report that claims Japan paid the South American federation (CONMEBOL) $1.5 million after it secured the rights to co-host the 2002 World Cup with South Korea. "I don't think (that happened)," Daini told reporters at Tokyo's ...