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JFA contests ex-manager Vahid Halilhodzic's defamation claim

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

JFA not revealing 35-man preliminary list for World Cup

May 15, 2018

JFA not revealing 35-man preliminary list for World Cup

The Japan Football Association has chosen not to publicize its preliminary list of 35 players for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after submitting their names to FIFA by the deadline early Tuesday. Several countries released their preliminary lists following the May 14 deadline ...

Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden dismissal

May 11, 2018

Halilhodzic to sue JFA over sudden dismissal

Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic is planning to sue the Japan Football Association, possibly later this month, in the hope of learning what led to his abrupt dismissal in April and restoring his honor, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The JFA terminated its ...

JFA signs partnership deal with German giant Bayern Munich

May 7, 2018

JFA signs partnership deal with German giant Bayern Munich

German champion Bayern Munich and the Japan Football Association (JFA) on Monday announced a partnership agreement with a focus on youth talent and the exchange of training knowledge. "We are fascinated by the opportunity for our biggest talents to be introduced to the level that ...