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Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Mooy boost for Socceroos World Cup Thai crunch

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Melbourne (AFP) – English Premier League playmaker Aaron Mooy is set to return as Australia chase a big win over Thailand on Tuesday to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The Huddersfield Town ace was missing through illness as Australia crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Japan last week to leave their Russia 2018 finals hopes hanging by a thread.

Mooy boost for Socceroos World Cup Thai crunch

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Melbourne (AFP) – English Premier League playmaker Aaron Mooy is set to return as Australia chase a big win over Thailand on Tuesday to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

The Huddersfield Town ace was missing through illness as Australia crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Japan last week to leave their Russia 2018 finals hopes hanging by a thread.

I’m staying put, insists defiant Japan football coach

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic hit back at his critics Friday, vowing to continue in the job after leading the Blue Samurai to their sixth successive World Cup.

Following Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Australia in their penultimate Asian qualifier for next year’s finals in Russia, the firebrand Franco-Bosnian revealed that he had thought about quitting for “personal reasons.

I’m staying put, insists defiant Japan football coach

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic hit back at his critics Friday, vowing to continue in the job after leading the Blue Samurai to their sixth successive World Cup.

Following Thursday’s 2-0 home win over Australia in their penultimate Asian qualifier for next year’s finals in Russia, the firebrand Franco-Bosnian revealed that he had thought about quitting for “personal reasons.

Japan hails ‘new generation’ for reaching World Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan saluted its national football side Friday after they stormed into next year’s World Cup with a comprehensive 2-0 win over fierce rivals Australia.

Local media paid tribute to Japan’s “generation next” after goals from Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi on Thursday secured a sixth successive finals appearance for the Blue Samurai.

Japan hails ‘new generation’ for reaching World Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan saluted its national football side Friday after they stormed into next year’s World Cup with a comprehensive 2-0 win over fierce rivals Australia.

Local media paid tribute to Japan’s “generation next” after goals from Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi on Thursday secured a sixth successive finals appearance for the Blue Samurai.

Japan into World Cup as China, Syria stay alive

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan beat Australia Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup but South Korea missed a golden opportunity to join them in Russia when they could only draw against 10-man Iran.

The goalless draw in Seoul means South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from Group A for their ninth successive finals were left hanging in the balance when a win would have booked their ticket to Russia.

Japan into World Cup as China, Syria stay alive

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan beat Australia Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup but South Korea missed a golden opportunity to join them in Russia when they could only draw against 10-man Iran.

The goalless draw in Seoul means South Korea’s hopes of qualifying from Group A for their ninth successive finals were left hanging in the balance when a win would have booked their ticket to Russia.

Halilhodzic dodges bullet as Japan reach World Cup

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan’s beleaguered head coach Vahid Halilhodzic will live to fight another day after his side qualified for their sixth straight World Cup with a 2-0 home win over Australia.

Defeat by the Asian Cup holders could have cost him his job, but the firebrand Franco-Bosnian dodged a bullet thanks to a dogged performance on Thursday that guaranteed Japan will finish top of their group.

Japan book World Cup spot by beating Aussies

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

Asano steered home a left-foot volley four minutes before half-time and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike after 82 minutes as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

Japan book World Cup spot by beating Aussies

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

Asano steered home a left-foot volley four minutes before half-time and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike after 82 minutes as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

Japan secure World Cup berth with Australia win

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi were on target as Japan beat Australia 2-0 at home Thursday to qualify for their sixth successive World Cup.

Asano steered home a left-foot volley four minutes before half-time and Ideguchi sealed the victory with a stunning long-range strike after 82 minutes as Japan became the fourth team to reach next year’s finals in Russia.

Football: Forget the parrot, Japan coach wants samurais

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic called on his players to fight like samurai warriors in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia after being tipped to win - by a “psychic” parrot.

Local media reported Wednesday that an avian tipster called Olivia had predicted a win for the home side, which would book their spot in a sixth successive World Cup finals next summer.

Football: Forget the parrot, Japan coach wants samurais

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic called on his players to fight like samurai warriors in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Australia after being tipped to win - by a “psychic” parrot.

Local media reported Wednesday that an avian tipster called Olivia had predicted a win for the home side, which would book their spot in a sixth successive World Cup finals next summer.

Keisuke Honda revs up again for Japan World Cup showdown

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Tokyo (AFP) – Keisuke Honda is out to be a hero again for Japan against Australia in Thursday’s crunch World Cup qualifier while South Korea will hope to secure a berth in Russia next year.

Midfield stalwart Honda’s 91st-minute penalty at Saitama four years ago secured a 1-1 draw against the Socceroos and with it Japan’s place at Brazil 2014.

Keisuke Honda revs up again for Japan World Cup showdown

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Tokyo (AFP) – Keisuke Honda is out to be a hero again for Japan against Australia in Thursday’s crunch World Cup qualifier while South Korea will hope to secure a berth in Russia next year.

Midfield stalwart Honda’s 91st-minute penalty at Saitama four years ago secured a 1-1 draw against the Socceroos and with it Japan’s place at Brazil 2014.

Australia captain Jedinak out of World Cup showdowns

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup have been dealt a blow after injury concerns forced skipper Mile Jedinak out of a 23-man squad to face Japan and Thailand in crunch qualifiers.

Jedinak missed the Confederations Cup in June with a groin injury, and has yet to play for his English Championship club Aston Villa this season.

Japan’s Honda arrives in Mexico, speaking Spanish

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Pachuca (Mexico) (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda surprised journalists by speaking passable Spanish as he gave his debut press conference Tuesday at his new club, Mexico’s Pachuca.

The 31-year-old, who signed with the Mexican first-division club last week after a three-year stint at AC Milan, amused sports reporters covering his arrival in Mexico by greeting them with a nearly accentless “Hola a todos” (hello everyone).

I’m no Klopp clone, says Dortmund coach Bosz

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz promised to do things his way after his side beat Japan’s Urawa Reds 3-2 to begin their Far East preseason tour Saturday.

Germany forward Andre Schurrle smashed a late winner as Dortmund gave the Dutchman his first win since taking over from Thomas Tuchel last month.

Schurrle strike gives Dortmund 3-2 win in Japan

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Germany forward Andre Schurrle smashed a late winner as Borussia Dortmund beat Japan’s Urawa Reds 3-2 on their Far East preseason tour Saturday.

Turkey striker Emre Mor scored a quickfire double to cancel out Shinzo Kuroki’s volleyed opener, before Reds defender Wataru Endo restored parity with a free header five minutes from time in Saitama.

Japan’s Kagawa extends Dortmund deal to 2020

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Berlin (AFP) – Japan international midfielder Shinji Kagawa has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020, the German club said on Friday.

“We’re very pleased that Shinji will play for us for another three seasons,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said as the club arrived in Tokyo on Friday on its pre-season tour.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Football: Japan’s Honda joins Mexican side Pachuca

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Mexico’s Pachuca, the former AC Milan player announced on social media Friday, ending months of speculation about his future.

The 31-year-old left the Serie A side at the end of last season after a frustrating three-year spell in Italy.

Japan football coach yellow-carded over car prang

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s under-fire football coach Vahid Halilhodzic has picked up a caution from his employers after he was involved in a minor traffic accident, local media reported Friday.

The 65-year-old’s car collided with another vehicle in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon, his second fender-bender in two years after running into a taxi in August 2015.

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Japan’s football chief was left fuming by the result in neutral Tehran, saying hot conditions were no excuse for the disappointing result.

Japan coach faces review after Iraq World Cup qualifying draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic was facing a performance review on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Iraq set back his team’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Japan’s football chief was left fuming by the result in neutral Tehran, saying hot conditions were no excuse for the disappointing result.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

Late blows jolt China, Japan in World Cup qualifying

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) – Ahmad Al Salih’s late strike dealt a body blow to China’s faltering quest to reach a second World Cup on Tuesday, as Japan’s serene progress received a jolt from Iraq.

Marcello Lippi’s China were within reach of only their second win in Group A when Al Salih curled home a free kick in injury time to leave the scores at 2-2.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

Japan’s Kagawa out of Iraq football World Cup clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan suffered a blow Thursday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa was ruled out of next week’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq after dislocating his shoulder.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder fell awkwardly in the 1-1 friendly draw with Syria in Tokyo on Wednesday, a warm-up for Tuesday’s match in neutral Iran.

Kagawa injury hits Japan World Cup qualifying preparations

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s World Cup qualifying preparations were dealt a blow Wednesday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa suffered a shoulder injury in a 1-1 home draw with Syria.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was stretchered off just nine minutes into the Tokyo friendly clutching his left shoulder after an awkward fall, and could be in doubt for next week’s Asian qualifier against Iraq.

Kagawa injury hits Japan World Cup qualifying preparations

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s World Cup qualifying preparations were dealt a blow Wednesday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa suffered a shoulder injury in a 1-1 home draw with Syria.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was stretchered off just nine minutes into the Tokyo friendly clutching his left shoulder after an awkward fall, and could be in doubt for next week’s Asian qualifier against Iraq.

Australia face Saudis in must-win World Cup qualifier

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Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) – Australia face a must-win qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Adelaide on Thursday if they are to keep alive their direct qualification hopes for next year’s World Cup finals.

The Socceroos, who have qualified for last three editions, trail the Saudis and group leaders Japan by three points with three games left in Asia Group B.

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J-League: Lukas Podolski Wore Very Special Pair Of Custom Boots For His Vissel Kobe Debut (Photo)

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Lukas Podolski made his J-League debut for Vissel Kobe on Saturday evening, scoring twice in a 3-1 victory overOmiya Ardija.

The German striker also decided to dress up all nice for the occasion, donning a very special pair of custom boots.

Indeed, Poldi had his old Adizeros plastered with a graphic of Kojiro Hyuga, a character from the ever-popular Captain Tsubasa manga series.

Bonsai And Beyond: Lukas Podolski Immerses Himself In Japanese Culture After Joining Vissel Kobe (Video)

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After two seasons with Galatasaray, Lukas Podolski has moved on to pastures newby signing a pension-boosting deal to join Japanese top flight side Vissel Kobe.

To prepare for life in a new country, Podolski has immersed himself in Japanese culture, trying his hand at origami, bonsai, sushi, Kendo fighting and even giving the Captain Tsubasa books a shufty before bedtime.

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Megan Rapinoe, Rumi Utsugi named to Tournament of Nation rosters

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The two Seattle Reign players will suit up for the U.S. and Japan.

During the FIFA international break, four women's national teams will head to the West Coast for a three-match Tournament of Nations: Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the United States. Two Seattle Reign FC players — Megan Rapinoe and Rumi Utsugi — have been called up for this tournament.

Japan: SRC Hiroshima Players Applaud One And Only Fan Who Travelled 300 Miles To Watch 6-0 Drubbing (Photos)

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Photo: @fukagasista/Twitter

After squeaking through the first round of theEmperor's Cup, Japanese fifth-tier side SRC Hiroshima found themselves pitted against second-tier Nagoya Grampus in the second.

Unfortunately, what might have been a plum home time for the minnows turned out to be a bit of a sparse affair after Grampus were drawn as hosts.