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2014

Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 18, 2014
Upbeat Okubo lightens mood in Japan camp
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.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 18, 2014
Buffaloes' Italian pitcher Maestri keeps track of Azzurri's World Cup progress
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SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Jun 18, 2014
Japan facing early exit if mistakes go unheeded against Greece
Japan must beat Greece on Thursday to stand any realistic chance of surviving at the World Cup, but a repeat of Saturday's performance in a frustrating defeat to Cote d'Ivoire will bring nothing but an early ticket home.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 17, 2014
Dempsey scores early, Brooks late as U.S. edges Ghana
The U.S. defeated Ghana 2-1 in their Group G match as John Brooks responded with the decisive goal after Andre Ayew had tied the game late in the second half on Monday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 16, 2014
Kagawa laments poor personal performance
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.
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COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 16, 2014
World Cup 2014 views from Tokyo: Honduras and Iran
A Honduran diplomat and an Iranian-Japanese schoolboy offer the views on their teams' chances in Brazil.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 15, 2014
Japan players reflect on loss to Cote d'Ivoire
Shinji Kagawa and his Japan teammates feel like they've been bitten hard by reality — the reality that they've made little progress from four years ago in South Africa.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 15, 2014
Japan crashes to opening loss against Cote d'Ivoire in World Cup
Two goals in quick succession in the second half by Cote d'Ivoire shattered Japan's hopes of victory as the team lost 2-1 in its opening World Cup match on Saturday, leaving Alberto Zaccheroni's men with an uphill task to advance to the knockout phase.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 15, 2014
Fitness gamble pays off for Toure
Cote d'Ivoire's man of the match Yaya Toure admitted he was uncertain how long he could go in his team's World Cup opener against Japan on Saturday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 15, 2014
Zaccheroni searches for answers after Cote d'Ivoire defeat
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni hit back at suggestions he has failed to condition his team properly for the World Cup, but the Italian tactician says he is ready for "self analysis" after the Asian champions surrendered a first-half lead and crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Cote d'Ivoire in their opening World...
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JAPAN
Jun 15, 2014
From pets to Pikachu, Japan shows its Samurai Blue colors
[View the story "Samurai Blue fever surges for Japan's first 2014 World Cup game" on Storify]
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SOCCER / World cup
Jun 14, 2014
Zaccheroni wants no fear
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says his Blue Samurai must not approach Saturday's World Cup opener against Cote d'Ivoire fearing defeat, and pointed to Spain's World Cup win four years ago as proof that losing the first match does not mean the end of the tournament.
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BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 14, 2014
Sports spectacles face backlash
Plagued by delays and opposition at home, the World Cup in Brazil might be a turning point for sporting mega-events, forcing soccer's governing body and the International Olympic Committee to accept less ambitious bids to reduce the risk of public backlash.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup / PREMIER REPORT
Jun 13, 2014
Hodgson giving nothing away ahead of opener
We know seven of the England team Roy Hodgson will select for the opening 2014 World Cup final tie against Italy. Two others are virtually certain. It is the Manaus Two that have kept the media guessing, looking for the tiniest of tips that would complete England's starting XI.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 13, 2014
Yoshida excited to face Cote d'Ivoire in opener
Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is hoping he can draw on the experience of having faced some of Cote d'Ivoire's big guns at club level as he prepares for the biggest game of his career in Japan's opener at the World Cup finals on Saturday.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 13, 2014
Brazil wins, comes alive for World Cup despite protests
Brazil exploded with street parties as its soccer team won the opening game of the World Cup on Thursday, but scattered violent protests were a reminder that many locals remain angry over the billions spent to host the tournament.
Japan Times
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Jun 11, 2014
Japan ready to make experience count at fifth World Cup
Japanese soccer can be rightfully proud of the progress it has made as the national team prepares to begin its fifth straight World Cup campaign, but no one in the squad will be happy just to take part.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 11, 2014
'Keeper Kawashima not worried about World Cup ball
Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was one of several players to put the boot in on the World Cup ball in South Africa four years ago, but the Standard Liege custodian says he has no such worries about the "Brazuca" to be used at the Brazil tournament kicking off on Thursday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 10, 2014
Brazil ready to take on world's best on home turf
The World Cup kicks off on Thursday (Friday, Japan time) in the country that has won the tournament more times than any other — Brazil. Thirty-two teams will compete over the next month for a place in the final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium on July 13.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 9, 2014
World Cup video views from Tokyo: Cote d'Ivoire, Greece and Algeria
An Ivorian 'ambassador of goodwill,' a Greek diplomat and an Algerian businessman discuss their teams' prospects in the World Cup.

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