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World Cup failures may ignite hugely important Asian Cup
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 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
3 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!
3 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
3 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
8 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
10 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
1 year 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

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The Guardian - 1 week ago
Uruguay spoiled Javier Aguirre's debut as Japan coach, beating the Asian champions 2-0 in a friendly in Sapporo. Edinson Cavani gave the visitors the lead in the 34th minute, taking advantage of poor defending by Tatsuya Sakai and beating the ...
The World Game - 5 days ago
"I'm delighted we have been able to secure a match against Japan in November to finalise our preparations for the Asian Cup," Postecoglou said. "Our aim is to become the best football nation in Asia and Japan is one of nations we will have to overcome ...
Channel News Asia - 2 weeks ago
SINGAPORE: Ahead of Brazil's match against Japan at Singapore's National Stadium on Oct 14, coach Dunga said he is relishing the contest against "the best team in Asia" in front of Asian fans. Said newly-appointed coach Dunga: "We are truly excited to ...
eTurboNews - 2 weeks ago
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) and Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (Saison), both supporting companies to the Japan National Football Team, decided to launch a new campaign to give strong backing to the team. JAL and Saison will work together to contribute to ...
AsiaOne - 1 week ago
TOKYO - Japan's World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has been banned for two games by the J-League after smashing an advertising board in a fit of pique during a match last weekend, officials said Thursday. The suspension completes a double-whammy for ...
Channel News Asia - 1 week ago
YOKOHAMA, Japan: Asian champions Japan twice squandered the lead in a 2-2 home draw with Venezuela on Tuesday (Sep 9) after another calamitous display of defending. The Blue Samurai had contributed to their own downfall in last Friday's 2-0 defeat ...
The Guardian - 1 week ago
There are benefits to keeping in touch with Japanese football. It is, said Wenger in March, the new France in terms of talent. “I find that a new market that is very interesting and very competitive. Look at the number of Japanese players who play now ...
Football Italia - 1 month 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 ...
New Zealand Football - 3 weeks ago
“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 ...
AsiaOne - 1 week ago
Football fans in Singapore hoping to watch a new-look Brazil take on Japan at the National Stadium on Oct 14 can expect to pay similar ticket prices from the last football spectacle. Match promoters World Sport Group (WSG) revealed yesterday that ...

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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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