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World Cup failures may ignite hugely important Asian Cup
1 month ago
The traditional Asian powerhouses may have disappointed at the World Cup, but the knock-on effects could yet prove positive for January's Asian Cup
World Cup 2014 review: 64 memories from 64 matches in Brazil
1 month ago
From Fred's fall in the opening match to Mario Götze's winner in the final, we have enjoyed 64 matches, 171 goals and one long month of football. Here are some things you might have missed, some you might not remember and some you will never forget
Japan and South Korea head list of Asian World Cup failures
1 month ago
Japan, South Korea, Australia and Iran failed to win a match between them at the World Cup and there’s little to indicate an improvement is imminent
World Cup 2014 talking points: Italy bow out but Colombia march on
2 months ago
Guardian writers: Fifa must be tough and rapid with their Suárez ruling, Italy’s cynics win, Colombia continue to shine and Greece bring a dose of reality to the last 16
Colombia post their third group win to put Japan through the exit door
2 months ago
Colombia won their third match in a row to send Japan out of the World Cup and set up a knockout tie with Uruguay
Japan v Colombia: World Cup 2014 – as it happened
2 months ago
Minute-by-minute report: Colombia set up a last-16 tie with Uruguay thanks to a James-Rodriguez inspired hammering of Japan to qualify with a 100% record
World Cup 2014: Colombia manager trying hard to dampen expectations
2 months ago
Stuart James: Two wins from two matches but José Pékerman is trying to focus on Japan, not a possible quarter-final meeting with Brazil
World Cup 2014: 17 things this tournament has taught us so far
2 months ago
Brazil 2014’s early lessons: Catenaccio is dead, Japan fans are hygenic, and bump-and-grind mascots should know better
Japan and other Asian qualifiers fail to shine but sun not yet set on continent
2 months ago
John Duerden: Shinji Kagawa and co struggled to break down 10-man Greece but can still redeem themselves and mirror the aggression of Australia, who may have been eliminated but went out in style
Greece keep Japan at bay after Kostas Katsouranis gets early red card
2 months ago
Greece managed to hold on against Japan, despite the sending off of their captain, to earn a 0-0 draw in Group C of the World Cup
Japan 0-0 Greece: as it happened
2 months ago
Minute-by-minute report: A rare dull game, as the ten men of Greece hold on for a battling draw against a toothless Japan. Scott Murray was watching
Ivory Coast v Japan: World Cup 2014 – as it happened
2 months ago
Minute-by-minute report: Ivory Coast got their campaign off to a great start as two quick goals settled the tie
Japan are subject of the highest expectations from the AFC foursome
2 months ago
John Duerden: Australia, Iran and South Korea join the party but the best player of the lot is expected to be Keisuke Honda of Japan, who looks set to become Asia’s first global soccer superstar
Every 2014 World Cup national anthem reviewed by a pop star!
2 months ago
They’ve had 25 No1 singles (more than Elvis) and 19 No1 albums (more than The Beatles), had their first hit in 1967 and their latest this year … they’re the Guardian’s World Cup national anthem review panel!
Socceroos are playing for Asia, too, at the World Cup
2 months ago
John Duerden: Japan and South Korea have carried the burden for their continent for too long and many believe it is time for Australia to step up
Are the training tactics for Japan's national football team really that odd?
3 months ago
Kate Carter: Players have been shown trying to run while tied to posts, and balancing on strange wobbly balls. But are these exercises confined to Japan?
Australia's Asian Cup organisers hope for impetus, not overkill, from Brazil
7 months ago
With only six months separating the regional tournament from the World Cup, hosts Australia are gambling on a positive reaction
World Cup play-offs and internationals: 10 things we learned
9 months ago
Guardian writers: Cristiano Ronaldo comes to the fore, France's 16% make quite a noise and England will travel to Brazil with no more than hope
Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa frustrated by David Moyes' stance
11 months ago
Shinji Kagawa has said he wants Manchester United's manager David Moyes to be asked why he has not played him in a competitive match this season
Australia v Japan: what we learned
1 year ago
John Duerden: Holger Osieck remains conservative; Tomi Juric deserves a start; and the Socceroos' defence needs to shape up

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Tokyo (AFP) - Playmaker Shinji Kagawa will be selected in the Japan squad for the first friendly matches under new coach Javier Aguirre, media said Tuesday, as doubts deepened over his future at Manchester United. The Japan Football Association has ...
“Mr Mitsui is very happy that Auckland City is bringing these players to Japan to coach our young football players. Making a meaningful contribution to the community and to our youth in a positive way is very important for him and using football as a ...
Persian Football - 1 week ago
Tasnim – TEHRAN, The Iranian and Japanese football federations have signed a memorandum of understanding as part of efforts to boost cooperation between the two Asian powers. The MoU was inked during a special ceremony attended by President of ...
Channel News Asia - 2 weeks ago
"This shows that Singapore is increasingly becoming an attractive venue for world-class sporting events," said Mr Gerard Wong, Director of Marketing and Communications of the Football Association of Singapore. "We are sure football fans in Singapore ...
As the Tuscaloosa heat poured onto Central High School's football stadium, Sugawara Shun buttoned the chinstrap on his gold Obic Seagulls helmet and ran out on the field — exactly the way he does in the Seagulls' hometown of Narashino, Japan.
Football Italia - 2 weeks ago
Alessandro Del Piero faces Juventus today with the A-League All-Stars and hinted his future is in Japan or China. It will be his final match in Australia, leaving Sydney FC, and the first time he has faced his former club. It kicks off at 10.30 UK time ...
AsiaOne - 1 week ago
In two months' time - a blockbuster international friendly between five-time World Cup winners Brazil and Asian champions Japan. For Singapore football fans already thrilled with the prospect of such matches at the $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub ...
GMA News - 2 weeks ago
"The Japanese player has very similar characteristics to those of the Mexican player which we can exploit. We will try our best so that he plays well with the ball, we will try to attack properly so that the team is balanced and has a good defence as ...
(08-07 17:54) Asian champions Japan will face Brazil in a friendly in Singapore on October 14, in a high-profile test for new coach Javier Aguirre, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said Thursday. The 55-year-old Mexican, set to arrive in Japan this ...
The Guardian (blog) - 6 days ago
With #GlazersOut trending on Twitter for two days following the defeat by Swansea, Woodward is tasked with showing he can negotiate the thickets of football administration and, by extension, that the Glazers should be trusted. ... breathlessness the ...

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World Cup 2010: Paraguay v Japan and Spain v Portugal in pictures
4 years ago
The best pictures of the Paraguay v Japan and Spain v Portugal quarter-finals
World Cup 2010: The best images from Italy v Paraguay and Japan v Cameroon
4 years ago
Pictures from of Italy's Group F opener against Paraguay and Japan's win over Cameroon in Group E
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