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Honda says veterans vital for Japan

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Japan has reaped the benefit of recalling a number of seasoned veterans and says experience will be crucial to the Samurai Blue’s chances of retaining their Asian Cup title in Australia in January. New coach Javier Aguirre used his first four games in charge ...

Nov 21, 2014

Okudera, Sawa inducted into AFC Hall of Fame

Homare Sawa, who served as Nadeshiko Japan captain when it won the 2011 Women’s World Cup, and Yasuhiko Okudera, who became the first Japanese to play pro soccer in Europe, were among the first 10 players to be inducted into the Asian Football Confederation’s ...

Nov 17, 2014

Socceroos expecting tough clash with Japan

by Gus Fielding

It may only be a warm-up for the upcoming Asian Cup, but Australia captain Mile Jedinak is predicting an intense encounter when the Socceroos take on Japan in Tuesday’s friendly in Osaka. In a long-running rivalry between the two teams, Australia have won seven, ...

Nov 16, 2014

Welbeck brace carries England

England fought back from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1 in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday as some of the continent’s minnows again enjoyed outstanding results. A turgid Group E encounter at Wembley came to life just before the hour mark when Jordan Henderson headed ...

Nov 15, 2014

Faeroes stun Greece; Ranieri prepares to be fired

Greece continued its disastrous run in European Championship qualifying on Friday with a humiliating 1-0 defeat to the Faeroe Islands, while Northern Ireland surrendered its lead in Group F to Romania after a 2-0 defeat in Bucharest. The result in Piraeus is almost certain ...

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Nov 14, 2014

Japan thumps Honduras in friendly

Keisuke Honda scored and assisted twice as Asian champion Japan trounced Honduras with a 6-0 victory in a friendly on Friday. Joining Honda on the scoresheet were Maya Yoshida and Yasuhito Endo while substitutes Takashi Inui, who had two, and Yohei Toyoda opened their ...

Nov 13, 2014

Sanfrecce's Sato makes shortlist for FIFA goal of year award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato was named as a candidate to win FIFA’s Puskas Award for the world’s best goal this past year. Sato joins World Cup sensation James Rodriguez of Columbia and the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie on the 10-man shortlist. Sato was ...

Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Nov 12, 2014

Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Qatar’s sports minister says the 2022 World Cup will set a benchmark of excellence that will be “almost impossible to beat” and promised in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that the Gulf nation will implement labor reforms in the next few months. ...

Phoenix tops Golden State

Nov 10, 2014

Phoenix tops Golden State

The Phoenix Suns didn’t do much different to defend the high-flying Golden State Warriors in the second half Sunday night. They just stuck with their effective bench play and let the Klay Thompson-less Warriors get tired and make mistakes in a fourth quarter that ...

Nov 1, 2014

Neymar to play at Rio Games in 2016

Brazil captain Neymar will be part of the home nation’s Olympic soccer squad at the Rio Games in 2016, the team’s coach, Alexandre Gallo, said Friday. “I’ll be calling up three players over 23, well, two in fact, as one of those will be ...

Rooney fit to play in derby

Nov 1, 2014

Rooney fit to play in derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England ...