Zaccheroni relieved after deciding against Honda switch

Soccer Jun 6, 2013

Zaccheroni relieved after deciding against Honda switch

by Andrew McKirdy

National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni admits he was thinking about substituting Keisuke Honda shortly before the star forward booked Japan's ticket to the 2014 World Cup with a 91st-minute penalty in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Australia. Japan became the first team to reach next summer's ...

Soccer | PREMIER REPORT Jun 1, 2013

England needs victories, not draws

by Christopher Davies

England plays Brazil in a friendly on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Whether England will return to Brazil for next year's World Cup finals remains in the balance. Its performance in Wednesday's 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland underlined yet again, as if we ...

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

Soccer May 31, 2013

Japan stumbles in loss to Bulgaria

Japan lost back-to-back games for the first time under Alberto Zaccheroni as the Asian champion was beaten 2-0 by Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifying tuneup on Thursday evening.

Soccer / J. League Mar 15, 2013

Honda, Nagatomo won't play against Jordan: Hara

by Gus Fielding

Japan will be without the driving force of CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda and Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo for the crucial upcoming World Cup qualifier away to Jordan, Japan Football Association technical director Hiromi Hara said Thursday. Fitness issues have robbed Italian coach Alberto ...