Japan, Spain survive explosive World Cup group, Germany out
Germany

Japan, Spain survive explosive World Cup group, Germany out

In a simply wild 45 minutes, Japan and Spain made their way into the World Cup knockout stage. Meanwhile, Germany won on the day, but failed to advance due to a poor goal differential. At halftime of the games, both Germany and Spain were in a position to advance. By the time each game reached […]

Germany

/ 59 days ago

Japan, Spain survive explosive World Cup group, Germany out

In a simply wild 45 minutes, Japan and Spain made their way into the World Cup knockout stage. Meanwhile, Germany won on the day, but failed to advance due to a poor goal differential. At halftime of the games, both Germany and Spain were in a position to advance. By the time each game reached […]

Costa Rica

/ 64 days ago

Costa Rica stun Japan to blow Group E wide open

Costa Rica beat Japan 1-0 at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium thanks to a 81st minute strike from Keysher Fuller that blew qualification from World Cup Group E wide open. Giant killers Japan who shocked Germany in the opening round hardly got a foothold in the game and would be left ruing their chances to […]

Germany

/ 68 days ago

Germany World Cup start shattered by Japan

Joshua Kimmich said before the game that Germany needed to avoid a poor one-goal loss at the World Cup. They have begun their last two major tournaments the same way. And then gone out in humiliation. But the tactical staleness that characterized Germany's decline under the latter reign of Joachim Löw remains under Hansi Flick. […]

Japan

/ 71 days ago

Japan World Cup 2022 preview

Japan’s national team navigated a mediocre group in 2018 (Colombia, Senegal, and Poland) to earn four points and a trip to the knockout rounds. How will they fare at World Cup 2022? Even with a better squad – their FIFA ranking has improved from 50 to 24 in four years – the draw provides a […]

Argentina

/ 153 days ago

World Cup kits for Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Japan

Adidas has dropped a wave of official releases, unveiling World Cup 2022 kits for Argentina, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Spain. Though we've seen most of these shirts before via various leaks, the official release gives us our first truly clear looks at the new looks. Let's dive in: Argentina Away World Cup 2022 Kit The […]

Japan

/ 182 days ago

Yamashita becomes Japan's first woman pro referee

Tokyo (AFP) – Yoshimi Yamashita became Japan's first woman professional football referee on Monday and said she was happy to "make a splash" as she prepares to create history at the World Cup. Yamashita, 36, was named in May alongside France's Stephanie Frappart and Rwanda's Salima Mukansanga as officials for Qatar later this year — […]
ByAFP

Japan

/ 229 days ago

Skipper Yoshida fires World Cup warning after Japan 'fell apart'

Osaka (Japan) (AFP) – Captain Maya Yoshida warned Japan they will have no chance at the World Cup if they "fall apart after conceding one goal", following a sobering 3-0 home defeat to Tunisia. The four-time Asian champions ended an encouraging run of results on a sour note on Tuesday with a second-half collapse in […]
ByAFP

Japan

/ 230 days ago

Tunisia beat Japan to win Kirin Cup

Osaka (Japan) (AFP) – Tunisia stepped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 win over Japan in Osaka on Tuesday to finish first in the four-team Kirin Cup tournament. Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane scored a penalty 10 minutes into the second half before Ferjani Sassi and Ali Maaloul scored to round off an impressive […]
ByAFP

Japan

/ 234 days ago

Moriyasu hails strength in depth as Japan thrash Ghana

Kobe (Japan) (AFP) – Japan manager Hajime Moriyasu hailed his World Cup-bound team's strength in depth after ringing the changes in a 4-1 thrashing of Ghana on Friday. Moriyasu made nine changes from the starting line-up that held Brazil scoreless for 77 minutes in Tokyo earlier in the week before finally succumbing to a Neymar […]
ByAFP

Ghana

/ 234 days ago

Kubo on target as Japan thrash Ghana

Kobe (Japan) (AFP) – Real Madrid starlet Takefusa Kubo scored his first international goal as Japan thrashed Ghana 4-1 on Friday to step up their World Cup preparations. The 21-year-old Kubo, who spent last season on loan at Mallorca, turned home Kaoru Mitoma's cross midway through the second half to open his account for Japan […]
ByAFP

Brazil

/ 238 days ago

Neymar scores from spot as Brazil break down stubborn Japan

Tokyo (AFP) – Neymar scored a 77th-minute penalty as Brazil broke down a stubborn Japan 1-0 in Tokyo on Monday to keep their momentum building ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. The South American heavyweights arrived in Tokyo fresh off a 5-1 thrashing of South Korea in Seoul last week, but Japan proved a […]
ByAFP