Germany whips Mexico in semis

Jun 30, 2017

Germany whips Mexico in semis

Leon Goretzka scored two quick-fire early goals on Thursday as Germany beat Mexico 4-1 to reach the Confederations Cup final. Exploiting Mexico's defensive frailties, Joachim Loew's inexperienced squad led 2-0 within 10 minutes. Loew is using the squad to assess his pool of talent, and this ...

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

Aug 29, 2013

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

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National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has pledged to stick by his embattled defenders, insisting on Thursday he would not swap them for anyone else in the world. Japan takes on friendly opponents Guatemala in Osaka on Sept. 6 and Ghana in Yokohama four days later, ...

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

Jun 19, 2013

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

During his three years as Japan manager, Alberto Zaccheroni has generally kept it dry, remaining a cool customer when speaking to the media. But on the eve of Wednesday's Confederations Cup match against his native Italy, the normally reserved Zaccheroni admitted to being overwhelmed by ...

Italy beats Mexico, eyes Japan clash

Jun 18, 2013

Italy beats Mexico, eyes Japan clash

Italy delivered a classy performance to beat Mexico behind goals from Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli in its Confederations Cup debut on Sunday. But manager Cesare Prandelli has no plans to bask in the victory at the Maracana, with a tricky proposition in Japan waiting ...

Japan eying Brazil upset in Confederations Cup opener

Jun 15, 2013

Japan eying Brazil upset in Confederations Cup opener

Japan will be the first one to say how good Brazil is, especially after being thrashed by the five-time world champions 4-0 in October. But that doesn't mean it thinks Brazil are invincible. "We saw the France game," Japan captain Makoto Hasebe said on Thursday evening, ...

Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

Jun 9, 2013

Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

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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 became the ...