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Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four years ago in Guangzhou, China, where ...

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Sep 8, 2014

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

by Gus Fielding

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success. Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, ...

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

Sep 6, 2014

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge. With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced ...

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

Sep 5, 2014

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Javier Aguirre tasted defeat in his first game in charge as the Asian champion went down 2-0 to Uruguay in a friendly on Friday night. Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to put Copa America holder Uruguay in front on 34 ...

Aug 30, 2014

Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums ...

Aug 27, 2014

Osako called up for friendlies

World Cup striker Yuya Osako has been called up for Japan’s upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela, his German first-division club Cologne said on its official web site on Tuesday. New Japan coach Javier Aguirre is to name his squad in Tokyo on Thursday ...

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Aug 22, 2014

Balotelli set to join Liverpool

Mario Balotelli’s roller-coaster career took another twist on Thursday when he said goodbye to his AC Milan teammates after training before an expected transfer to Liverpool. In a brief statement on its website, the Italian club said: “Mario Balotelli drove out of Milanello at ...