Kagawa accepts fate

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2014

Kagawa accepts fate

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has admitted he deserved to start on the bench in Thursday's 0-0 draw against Greece after struggling in Japan's opening game at the World Cup. Although coach Alberto Zaccheroni told reporters after the Greece match that his decision to start ...

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Soccer / World Cup Jun 21, 2014

Costa Rica stuns Italy to reach last 16

Costa Rica buried predictions of its early demise to emerge into the knockout stages of the World Cup for only the second time with a 1-0 Group D win over Italy on Friday that sent England crashing out. Forward Bryan Ruiz headed powerfully home a ...

Spain's reign ended by Chile

Soccer / World Cup Jun 19, 2014

Spain's reign ended by Chile

One of the greatest dynasties in modern soccer came to a shattering end when champion Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday and crashed out of the World Cup with its glory days consigned to the history books. On the day when Spain's King Juan ...

Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

Soccer / World Cup Jun 18, 2014

Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp

by Gus Fielding

Over the initial shock of a 2-1 opening World Cup defeat to Cote d'Ivoire, Japan's Samurai Blue have taken stock, chilled out and even been cracking jokes and laughing it off during a Jacuzzi bonding session. Now Alberto Zaccheroni's Asian champions are ready to go ...

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

Soccer / World Cup Jun 16, 2014

Kagawa laments poor personal performance

by Gus Fielding

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa admitted he had trouble sleeping on Saturday night and he was his own biggest critic after a sub-par performance in Japan's 2-1 defeat to Cote d'Ivoire in their opening game of the World Cup finals. "I lost a battle with ...