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Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jul 13, 2018
Future bright for England after trip to semis
There are two ways of looking at England in the 2018 World Cup. By almost unanimous agreement, England overachieved by reaching the semifinals and, because of the 2-1 loss to Croatia, playing Belgium in Saturday's third place playoff. The quarterfinals was the best most back home expected, or realistically...
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jun 29, 2018
England's lack of depth a significant concern
There are two ways of looking at England's 1-0 defeat by Belgium. Finishing second in Group H meant that on Tuesday, England plays Colombia with the prospect of either Switzerland or Sweden for the winner. Group winner Belgium meets Japan on Monday and the winner of that game faces Brazil or Mexico.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jun 15, 2018
England hoping to end major tournament jinx
England has been there, seen it, but not done it over the past two major international football tournaments, failing to progress from the group stage with embarrassing results against countries perceived as minnows.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jun 1, 2018
Southgate will keep World Cup foes guessing
With two friendly matches before the real thing gets underway in Russia you would think coaches should select the team with which they hope to open their 2018 World Cup campaign.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
May 18, 2018
Antonio Conte looks to give Chelsea a trophy on way out
If the Chelsea players want to give Antonio Conte a farewell present of winning the F.A. Cup final against Manchester United on Saturday, they will have to raise their game considerably from the shambolic, error-ridden performance in the 3-0 defeat by Newcastle United last Sunday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
May 4, 2018
Putting Wenger's long run into perspective
Arsene Wenger will be given a hero's farewell at Emirates Stadium on Sunday when Arsenal plays Burnley, though the genuine affection rightly afforded him will be matched by a sense of relief that the greatest manager in the club's history is leaving after 22 years.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Apr 20, 2018
Man United faithful restless with Mourinho
Manchester United could probably have had Pep Guardiola, but in January 2013 the Catalan had agreed to take over at Bayern Munich. Instead, four months later, United appointed David Moyes as Alex Ferguson's successor.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Apr 6, 2018
Mighty Man City given reality check by Liverpool
Manchester City has collected compliments and plaudits almost on a weekly basis this season and rightly so, though the premature if inevitable claims about Pep Guardiola's team being the best English side of all-time took a severe dent when Liverpool thrashed — not too strong a word — the visitors...
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Mar 22, 2018
Gareth Southgate faces difficult decisions to select England lineup for World Cup
As the countdown to Russia 2018 begins, England head coach Gareth Southgate does not so much have a selection headache as a full-blown migraine. The fact is that too many England players either aren't playing or aren't playing well.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Mar 9, 2018
Wenger putting off the inevitable
Yes, it was a big win. No, Arsenal was not expected to beat AC Milan 2-0 at San Siro in the Europa League.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jan 26, 2018
Clock ticking on Conte's time with Chelsea
"Antonio Conte has left his post as head coach of Chelsea. The club would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future."
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Jan 12, 2018
Liverpool moving on with Coutinho gone
Come May, Philippe Coutinho will probably have a La Liga and possibly a Copa del Rey winners' medal. He cannot play for Barcelona in the Champions League as he is ineligible, but two — even one — medal would be welcome because they would be the first club honors the Brazil midfielder, 25,...
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Dec 29, 2017
Gap between big and small clubs a real issue
You could imagine the Sky Sports executives' expressions as they heard soccer pundit Jamie Carragher at halftime during Manchester City's 1-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Dec 15, 2017
Sean Dyche has Burnley moving in right direction
The Visit Lancashire website lists as one of the things to see in Burnley as the "iconic Singing Ringing Tree which towers high above Burnley on Crown Point Moor and has been named in the top 10 pieces of 'sound art' in the world."
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Dec 1, 2017
Everton turns to Sam Allardyce in bid to stay up
"Sam Allardyce has resigned as manager of Crystal Palace and says he has 'no ambition to take another job' in football."
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Nov 17, 2017
Spurs likely to come up short again in title hunt
Such is the standard Manchester City are setting this season, an away draw against a title rival can no longer be considered a good result.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Nov 3, 2017
Mourinho's strategy not yielding desired results
Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea on Sunday and it is the safest of bets that Saturday's press conference will fire the first bullets ahead of a match neither side can afford to lose. Antonio Conte will inevitably be in Mourinho's sights, but to the many targets for the Vitriolic One was added Manchester...
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Oct 20, 2017
Man City's De Bruyne in a league of his own
To death and taxes as the only certainties in life can, for managers on Planet Football, be added a blunder in the transfer market that comes back to haunt them.
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Oct 6, 2017
England uninspiring in victory over Slovenia
Gareth Southgate wanted England to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in style. Harry Kane's late winner in the 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday sealed England's place in Russia, but a match of numbing tedium was so poor Sunday's now academic final group match in Lithuania will test the loyalty of...
Japan Times
SOCCER / PREMIER REPORT
Sep 22, 2017
Multiple issues keep Liverpool from contending
Despite being only five points behind joint-leaders Manchester City and Manchester United, Jürgen Klopp knows that Liverpool will not win the Premier League title. If Liverpool is some way behind the Manchester duo plus Chelsea in terms of defensive quality if not points, it has been lapped by the cream...

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