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Archives: Japan

Japan fire coach Javier Aguirre due to Spanish match-fixing implications

Posted on by Peter Quinn

Javier Aguirre has been sacked as Japan’s national team coach due to implications of the Mexican’s involvement in possible match-fixing while in charge of Real Zaragoza. The Japanese Football Federation (JFA) announced the termination of his contract earlier today. During the build-up to … Continue reading

An in-depth review of a stunning AFC 2015 Asian Cup tournament

Posted on by Thariq Amir

Going into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup there were a number of teams who had a point to prove. After a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil the likes of Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia had an … Continue reading

AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals preview and predictions

Posted on by Thariq Amir

The group stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup is over and there wasn’t a single draw at all. There have been 24 definitive results in 24 matches, which is quite remarkable. The knockouts have a lot to live up … Continue reading

5 observations from Japan’s 2-0 victory against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record … Continue reading

5 Observations From Japan’s 4-0 Win Against Palestine in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

Posted on by Thariq Amir

Japan got their defense of the AFC Asian Cup with a run of the mill 4-0 victory against debutants Palestine. In a windy Newcastle Stadium the Samurai Blue ensured early on that they would not be the victim of any … Continue reading

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2015 AFC Asian Cup Preview: Asia’s Top Teams Look For Redemption After World Cup

Posted on by Thariq Amir
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There have been 60 games, 258 shots on target, 408 shots off target, 103 goals, 84 saves, 112 yellows and eight reds. Those numbers, statistically at least, paints a picture of the qualification process for Asia’s premier international football tournament … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Asian Soccer is on the Decline

Posted on by Gary O'Toole

After several years of hard work, grueling traveling schedules and thorough preparations, Asia produced four World Cup qualifiers – Japan, Australia, South Korea and Iran. The fact that none of these four sides picked up a victory in a combined … Continue reading

Colombia 4-1 Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Los Cafeteros Crush Japan

Posted on by Andrew Jones

A spirited Japanese effort to save their World Cup tournament was duly bunted by a high flying Colombian team led by James Rodriguez and Jackson Martinez, as the playmaker’s latest brilliance with the Porto man led his side to a … Continue reading

Japan vs Colombia: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Chirag Madhrani

With Colombia already qualified to the next round, they face a Japan outfit who will be desperate to win to keep their own hopes of qualification alive. Where to watch – For viewers in USA, this is where they can … Continue reading

Colombia vs Japan Preview and Predicted Lineups

Posted on by Gary O'Toole

Japan and Colombia face off today at 4pm ET/1pm PT with both teams in need of points for very different reasons. Los Cafeteros only need one point to be sure of top spot, while the Blue Samurai desperately need their … Continue reading

Japan 0-0 Greece: Feisty Ten Man Greece Salvage Draw; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

Posted on by Julian Delicata

The second 0-0 result of the World Cup will be seen as a massive chance blown to get three points by Japan, who enjoyed a one man advantage for the best part of an hour and dominated possession. Greece defended … Continue reading

Japan vs Greece, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller

In the final match of the day, Japan plays Greece with kick-off times scheduled for 6PM ET/3 PM PT Where to watch – • English language: ESPN and WatchESPN • Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online • Portuguese language: ESPN … Continue reading

Japan vs Greece Preview: Both Teams Face Must-Win Scenario

Posted on by Julian Delicata

Ever since the World Cup was expanded to 32 teams for the 1998 edition, only four teams have managed to qualify from the group stage after losing the opening game (Turkey in 2002, Ghana & Ukraine in 2006, and Spain … Continue reading

Côte d’Ivoire 2-1 Japan: Elephants Emerge Victorious in Group Opener Against Japan: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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Japan and Côte d’Ivoire met in a rainy Recife for the fourth and final match of the day on June 14th in both team’s Group C opener. Despite the 97% humidity both teams showed energy in the attack to begin the … Continue reading

Ivory Coast vs Japan, World Cup Group Stage Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller

For viewers in the United States, here’s where you can watch the Ivory Coast vs Japan, 9pm ET game: • English language: ESPN and WatchESPN • Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online • Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes Starting line-ups:  Japan: Kawashima, Uchida, Honda, Nagatomo, Morishige, … Continue reading

Japan and Ivory Coast’s Predicted Line-Up in the Battle for Group C

Posted on by Alex Gago
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In a wide-open group, Japan and Ivory Coast face-off today with very different attack minded football styles and will likely put on an exciting game in the team’s opening game in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. … Continue reading

Japan vs Ivory Coast Preview: Blue Samurai Take on Elephants in Race For Group C

Posted on by Chris Ryan

The opening round Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan is a very difficult match to predict as both teams are loaded with question marks. Is this going to be the Japanese team that beat Belgium and held … Continue reading

World Cup 2014: Group Stage Predictions – A to D

Posted on by Thariq Amir

The clock is ticking and we’re coming closer and closer to kick-off.  The world’s biggest football carnival will soon burst into life and we’ll see numerous footballing heroes (and possibly villains) emerge. There will be controversies aplenty on and off … Continue reading