Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Soccer Nov 14, 2019

Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying

Takumi Minamino converted a first-half penalty and Genki Haraguchi doubled the lead with a free kick after the break as Japan overcame a determined Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday. With the victory at a chilly Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Group F leader ...

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Soccer Oct 17, 2019

Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier

Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday. Takumi Minamino scored the first goal in the second half on a header. He finished with two goals, while ...

Qatar preps for major test

More Sports / Track & Field Sep 25, 2019

Qatar preps for major test

Qatar is preparing to welcome thousands of fans and competitors for the World Athletics Championships starting Friday, an event seen as a staging post toward the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The 10-day event in the capital Doha will be a key test ahead of the ...

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Jul 17, 2019

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on Wednesday. The draw at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur saw the 34 top-ranked sides in Asia, along ...

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Soccer Mar 11, 2019

AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup

Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi, a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation presidency, said Monday he supports an expanded 48-team field for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Speaking to Kyodo News in Tokyo, Al-Romaithi of the United Arab Emirates said that if he wins the April ...

Corruption alleged in 2022 WC vote

Soccer / World Cup Jun 1, 2014

Corruption alleged in 2022 WC vote

A former member of FIFA's executive committee was accused Sunday of making payments totaling $5 million to senior soccer officials in return for support for Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. British newspaper The Sunday Times said it has obtained millions of secret ...

Soccer / World Cup May 17, 2014

Blatter admits FIFA mistake in Qatar

Awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a "mistake" and the tournament will may have to be held in the winter because of the heat, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said. "Of course, it was a mistake. You know, one comes across a ...