Japan football

Injured Takefusa Kubo out as Japan name squad for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Japan travel to Jeddah to face the Saudis on October 8 before taking on Australia in Saitama four days later, having made a mixed start to their Group B campaign.

published on : 28th September 2021

Coronavirus impact: Japan backs off from hosting 2021 FIFA Club World Cup

The Club World Cup was last held in Japan in 2016, and the JFA had planned to host the 2021 edition as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, Kyodo said.

published on : 8th September 2021

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: In Asia, pressure grow on powerhouses South Korea, Japan

Japan, Asia’s highest-ranked team at No. 24 in the world, lost 1-0 at home to 79th-ranked Oman last Thursday to end a streak of eight consecutive wins in World Cup qualifying games.

published on : 6th September 2021

FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Mighty Japan stunned at home by Oman

Japan's poor performance disappointed some 5,000 local fans allowed to watch the game at the stadium after the number of spectators was slashed due to virus restrictions.

published on : 2nd September 2021

Japan fans should feel lucky to be at the FIFA World Cup: Japan soccer chief

Hours before Japan kick off their Russia campaign against Colombia on Tuesday, Kawabuchi said the national team were going nowhere under former boss Vahid Halilhodzic.

published on : 19th June 2018

Sudden coaching change shakes Japan's FIFA World Cup preparations

Coach Nishino had been working on the Japan Football Association technical committee when he was handed a first coaching job since 2015.

published on : 13th June 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: 'No chance!' says Philippe Troussier as Japan play Russian roulette

Crisis-hit Japan would struggle to avoid an early World Cup exit even under Jose Mourinho -- that's the stinging assessment of former coach Philippe Troussier.

published on : 11th June 2018

Pressure on Akira Nishino in Russia after Japan ditch coach

Nishino is set to come under the sort of intense scrutiny normally reserved for teams with genuine hopes of lifting the World Cup in Russia.

published on : 1st June 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan turn to Saint Yoshida for divine intervention

Japan's Yoshida has the unenviable task of marshalling a defence to keep out three of the deadliest strikers in football at the World Cup.

published on : 1st June 2018

From Andres Iniesta to Arsene Wenger: Top six Japan football moves

Andres Iniesta became the latest big-name player to join the J-League after agreeing terms with Vissel Kobe on Thursday.

published on : 24th May 2018

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta signs for Japan's Vissel Kobe

Andres Iniesta, who lifted 32 major trophies and made 674 appearances for Catalan giants Barca was unveiled by Vissel.

published on : 24th May 2018