Japan wins final warm-up match

Soccer / World Cup Jun 7, 2014

Japan wins final warm-up match

by Gus Fielding

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. Goals from Christopher Katongo and Nathan Sinkala ...

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

Soccer / World Cup Jun 2, 2014

Zaccheroni focused on fitness levels

by Gus Fielding

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. Zaccheroni hopes to use the game against Costa Rica and ...

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

Soccer / World Cup May 25, 2014

Japan wraps up training camp in Kagoshima

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni on Sunday urged the whole country to get behind the team at the World Cup finals in Brazil as the Blue Samurai wrapped up their training camp in Kagoshima on Sunday. Speaking in front of over 7,000 fans at a spectacular ...

Seven reserves selected for Japan's World Cup team

Soccer / World Cup May 13, 2014

Seven reserves selected for Japan's World Cup team

Nineteen-year-old Cerezo Osaka wunderkind Takumi Minamino was one of Japan's seven World Cup reserves named by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday. Minamino, one of the top prospects in Japan who was tipped to make Alberto Zaccheroni's 23 for Brazil, was joined by Sagan Tosu ...