Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Soccer Jun 8, 2016

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic ripped into his players and accused them of not being nasty enough after their lack of a mean streak was laid bare in Tuesday night's 2-1 Kirin Cup final defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Japan a 28th-minute lead, ...

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Soccer Jun 7, 2016

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Japan's 11-match unbeaten streak came to an end in its last warm-up for the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, Vahid Halilhodzic's men going down 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the four-nation Kirin Cup final. Hiroshi Kiyotake put Japan ...

Soccer Jun 7, 2016

Eriksen hat trick sparks Denmark in rout of Bulgaria

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen scored a second-half hat trick as Denmark thrashed Bulgaria 4-0 to take third place at the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday. Morten Rasmussen opened the scoring late in the first half and Eriksen struck in the 72nd and 74th minutes ...

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Soccer Jun 6, 2016

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki believes Leicester City strike-partner Jamie Vardy would make a seamless transition at Arsenal if he joins the Gunners just weeks after helping the Foxes complete a fairy-tale run to their first Premier League title. Vardy, who scored 24 goals last season, ...

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Soccer Jun 5, 2016

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic insists there will be no room for sentiment when the Samurai Blue take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final of the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday night. The 63-year-old Halilhodzic, who holds Bosnian and French nationality, rejected the offer of ...

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Soccer Jun 3, 2016

Japan's Kagawa, Yoshida notch braces in rout of Bulgaria

Japan erupted for four first-half goals including a brace by Shinji Kagawa to slaughter Bulgaria 7-2 in the Kirin Cup on Friday. Japan’s other Shinji, Okazaki of Leicester City, needed only four minutes to open the scoring and move within one of 50 goals for ...

Bosnia-Herzegovina edges Denmark on penalties in Kirin Cup

Soccer Jun 3, 2016

Bosnia-Herzegovina edges Denmark on penalties in Kirin Cup

Ten-man Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Denmark 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in 90 minutes in a Kirin Cup match on Friday. Captain Haris Medunjanin converted the winning penalty for Bosnia, which was driven by a Milan Duric double and will play the Japan-Bulgaria winner on ...

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Soccer Jun 1, 2016

Injured Honda ruled out of Kirin Cup opener

Japan forward Keisuke Honda will miss Friday's Kirin Cup game against Bulgaria with a left-knee injury and could also be out for the second match next week, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday. Halilhodzic made it clear he is not taking any risks with the AC ...

Soccer May 30, 2016

Honda skips training due to discomfort in left knee

AC Milan's Keisuke Honda was held out of Japan training on Monday for the Kirin Cup with discomfort in his left knee and is now day-to-day for the four-team tournament. The 25-man squad assembled in full for the first time on Monday for the Kirin ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Soccer May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan's Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale's under-23 international ...

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Soccer / World Cup May 16, 2016

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Monday he is planning to get together his European-based players that have just finished their seasons with their club sides for training next week. "The (training) menus will be divided up according to the condition of the players and ...