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2014

Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 9, 2014
Thousands turn out to watch Japan's first practice session in Brazil
As a police helicopter circled overhead to keep a watchful eye on scores of anti-World Cup demonstrators outside the stadium, over 5,000 fans turned out to watch Japan’s first practice session Sunday, a day after the Asian champions arrived in Brazil for soccer’s showpiece tournament.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 7, 2014
Japan wins final warm-up match
AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda scored twice and Yoshito Okubo grabbed a dramatic late winner on Friday as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat Zambia 4-3 in its final warm-up match for the upcoming World Cup finals.
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 7, 2014
Zaccheroni not satisfied with victory over Zambia
Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni says Samurai Blue have their work cut out in the coming week ahead of their World Cup opener against Cote d'Ivoire, and was far from pleased despite the team wrapping up its training camp with a thrilling 4-3 win over Zambia on Friday night.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 6, 2014
Zaccheroni addresses fitness concerns before final World Cup tune-up
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Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Jun 6, 2014
PS3 game predicts success for Japan in early soccer stage
Right now, soccer fans across the globe are wondering how their nation will fare at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Usually some company finds a psychic animal to "predict" the results: Paul the Octopus for the 2010 World Cup, an Indian elephant for Euro 2012, and this time a panda.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 6, 2014
Brazil says it cannot guarantee readiness for World Cup
On a day when a transport workers's strike brought part of Brazil's biggest city to a halt, Brazil's Sports Minister said it was impossible to promise his country would be ready for next week's opening match of the World Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 5, 2014
'King Kazu' chosen as JFA ambassador for World Cup
Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura will be dispatched to Brazil as the Japan Football Association's ambassador to the World Cup, the JFA said Thursday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 4, 2014
Captain Hasebe welcomes competition for places
Japan captain Makoto Hasebe on Tuesday warned his teammates not to take their positions for granted and said he welcomed the heated competition for places in the team ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 4, 2014
Greece wary of Japan's World Cup threat
Greek hero Giorgos Karagounis is wary of what his former club coach and current Japan manager Alberto Zaccheroni may plot when the two sides clash at the World Cup in Natal on June 19.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 4, 2014
World Cup 2014 views from Tokyo: South Korea, France, the Netherlands and Spain
A South Korean sales rep, two Dutch Embassy workers, a French consultant and a Spanish ventriloquist discuss their teams' chances in the World Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / SOCCER SCENE
Jun 4, 2014
Comeback win lifts confidence as Japan prepares for Brazil
National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni was looking for improvement in his players' physical condition in Monday's friendly against Costa Rica, but the mental boost they received from their 3-1 win could turn out to be even more important.
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 3, 2014
Kennedy, Wilkshire not included on final Socceroos squad
Striker Josh Kennedy, who scored the goal that got Australia to the World Cup finals, was one of four players cut from the squad when Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou named his final group of 23 for the tournament on Tuesday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 2, 2014
Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels
Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni said Sunday getting several key players back to full match fitness is more important than the result of a World Cup warmup in the United States on Monday against Costa Rica.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 2, 2014
World Cup views from Tokyo: Portugal and Japan
A Portuguese financial consultant and a Japanese clothing company worker in Tokyo discuss their teams' chances in the World Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 1, 2014
Yoshida eyes England showdown at World Cup
Southampton central defender Maya Yoshida admits he is excited by the prospect of Japan playing England in the second round of the World Cup finals, but reckons Roy Hodgson's men could find it difficult to progress from the group phase.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 1, 2014
Honda restates World Cup title ambition
AC Milan attacker Keisuke Honda on Saturday reasserted his claim that Japan has the potential to win the World Cup in Brazil, and says he will play as though it is his last appearance in global soccer's showcase tournament.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Voices / VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Jun 1, 2014
World Cup 2014 views from Tokyo and Yokohama: Belgium, Chile and Argentina
A Belgian researcher, a Chilean chef and an Argentine graphic designer in Tokyo and Yokohama discuss their national teams' prospects in Brazil.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
May 31, 2014
Nagatomo doesn't see humidity as big issue
Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo insists the stamina-draining conditions that await Japan in Brazil at the World Cup finals will not diminish his performance. He said Friday that dealing with the heat is a psychological battle before it is a physical one.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
May 31, 2014
Toure, Drogba rounding into form
Japan received two bits of bad news on Friday from Cote d'Ivoire's 2-1 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina.
COMMENTARY / World
May 29, 2014
World Cup without succor
International sports events such as the upcoming World Cup Championship in Brazil have become a severe burden on host countries. Haven't we had enough of this slapstick?

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