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Japan's players rally around fined Honda

Jan 18, 2015

Japan's players rally around fined Honda

by Gus Fielding

Several of Japan’s senior players have leapt to the defense of Keisuke Honda and expressed their shock Sunday at the $5,000 fine the AC Milan midfielder has been handed by the Asian Football Confederation’s disciplinary committee for critical comments about refereeing at the Asian ...

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

by Gus Fielding

Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Honda not satisfied after win

Jan 17, 2015

Honda not satisfied after win

Keisuke Honda has vowed to atone for a raft of missed opportunities in Japan’s 1-0 win over Iraq at the Asian Cup on Friday night. Honda scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row as the defending champions seized control ...

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Jan 17, 2015

Endo gets 150th cap in Japan win

Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country’s 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to ...

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Jan 16, 2015

Aldaradreh scores four times as Jordan routs Palestine

Hamza Aldaradreh’s dominating four-goal performance against Palestine has given Jordan coach Ray Wilkins a selection dilemma ahead of his team’s must-win final group match against Japan. Man of the match Hamza became just the fourth player to score four goals in an Asian Cup ...

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Jan 15, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre remains silent on allegations

by Gus Fielding

Beleaguered Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday refused to comment on the latest episode in an alleged match-fixing scandal involving the Mexican, but his job appears to be far from guaranteed beyond the Asian Cup currently being held in Australia. A Valencia court has ...

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Jan 15, 2015

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Super sub Sun Ke fired China into the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday as North Korea crashed out and Jordan fumed over a botched dope test that left a player ill. Sun’s superb solo effort after 68 minutes, moments after coming on, gave China ...