Tag - 2014



SOCCER / World cup
Dec 4, 2013
Japan assigned to Pot 3 for World Cup draw
Japan will be in Pot 3 for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, FIFA announced on Tuesday.
Nov 22, 2013
England in no shape to challenge World Cup favorites
Now that the 32 World Cup finalists are known, the English media have been choosing what they consider the easiest group England could have when the draw is made next month.
Nov 15, 2013
Hodgson short on matches to select World Cup squad
Roy Hodgson has three games in which to finalize his England squad for the World Cup finals.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2013
Ahead of World Cup, inequities ignite ire in Brazil
The night of June 30 was one of intense drama in Rio de Janeiro. Inside the newly refurbished Maracana stadium, still slick with plaster dust, a gladiatorial atmosphere turned to celebration as Neymar scored Brazil's second goal in a 3-0 victory over Spain in the Confederations Cup final, on the cusp...
Oct 10, 2013
World Cup place on line for mediocre England
England's national football team is like the English weather. Rarely very good, seldom that bad . . . a sort of middle line, occasionally hitting a high like beating Brazil (albeit in a friendly at Wembley) but generally a safe bet with few extremes.
Sep 13, 2013
England sweating on World Cup slot
England is top of its group with two home matches to play as qualification for Brazil 2014 approaches what Sir Alex Ferguson would call "squeaky bum time."
Sep 5, 2013
Uneasy feelings persist about England
If England beats Moldova at home Friday night and then defeats Ukraine (a) and Montenegro (h), it will top Group H and qualify automatically for the World Cup finals next year. Its fate is in its own hands. The bad news is — so is Ukraine's.
Aug 27, 2013
Japan budget requests likely to top ¥100 trillion for second year in fiscal 2014
Fiscal 2014 initial budget requests from all ministries and agencies are expected to exceed ¥100 trillion for the second straight year, sources say.
Aug 7, 2013
Will the GOP blow it again in 2014 Senate races?
Based on the way the matchups look now, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate in 2014 is unlikely. Too much would have to go just right for it to happen.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2013
Baggio impressed by Japan's progress
Italian soccer legend Roberto Baggio has paid tribute to the strides Japan has made under manager Alberto Zaccheroni, but the former FIFA World Player of the Year has warned his compatriot not to expect an easy ride at this month's Confederations Cup.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2013
Zaccheroni relieved after deciding against Honda switch
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 Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 5, 2013
Japan becomes first to qualify for World Cup after Honda equalizer
Keisuke Honda scores a dramatic injury-time penalty to book Japan's place at the 2014 World Cup after a breathless 1-1 draw with Australia on Tuesday night.
Jun 1, 2013
England needs victories, not draws
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.
Japan Times
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
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.


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