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JFA contests ex-manager Vahid Halilhodzic's defamation claim

Soccer Jul 27, 2018

JFA contests ex-manager Vahid Halilhodzic's defamation claim

The Japan Football Association on Friday took a stand against former Japan head coach Vahid Halilhodzic's claim that it defamed him in a news conference following his dismissal just two months before the World Cup finals. At the first hearing in the suit filed with ...

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

Soccer Jul 26, 2018

Hajime Moriyasu appointed manager of Japan men's national team

The Japan Football Association on Thursday asserted its days of reliance on foreign managers was over by naming Japan Olympic squad head coach Hajime Moriyasu to also manage the senior national team. The 49-year-old Moriyasu, who in October took over as head coach of the ...

Soccer Jun 8, 2018

Japan to face Costa Rica in international friendly in September

Japan will play Costa Rica in an international friendly in September, the Japan Football Association announced Friday. Japan, currently 61st in the FIFA rankings, will battle 23rd-ranked Costa Rica on Sept. 11 at Panasonic Stadium Suita in Osaka Prefecture. Costa Rica reached the quarterfinals of the ...

Knee injury rules midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama out of World Cup

Soccer May 24, 2018

Knee injury rules midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama out of World Cup

Sanfrecce Hiroshima defensive midfielder Toshihiro Aoyama has been ruled out of the World Cup starting next month in Russia because of a right knee injury, the Japan Football Association said Thursday. Aoyama, who complained of knee pain following Sanfrecce's 2-0 loss to Cerezo Osaka on ...