It reads like a who's who of managers: Sir Alex, The Special One, and Carlo. The group heads the best-paid football managers in the world, list according to a Brazilian sports marketing group. The interesting thing about the list is some of the out of way clubs that employee these high priced managers, from Anzhi to Guangzhou to Swiss National Team.
The Arsenal and France defender Laurent Koscielny played well despite on Friday despite his country's disappointing defeat to Japan in a friendly. But now they have an extremely important World Cup Qualifier coming up against the current Champions Spain, and Koscielny is advising Didier Deschamps to consider using the same tactics that Arsenal utilised when they faced Barcelona.
It's hardly a surprise that the Hadouken'ing, the sort of Dragonball Z-inspired meme sweeping across Japan (and beyond), has made its mark in Japanese football. But J.League club Yokohama F.Marinos owned the moment, passing these shots off on Twitter as an announcement that their club's playersShingo Hyodo and Manabu Saitodo, in fact, possess superpowers.
Japan's top football competition, the J. League, might have barely kicked off earlier this month, but the supporters already seem to be in mid-season form. Scarcely two years since the debilitating 2011Tōhoku earthquake that left parts of Japan devastated, both the country and domestic game are recovering.
For the past few seasons, the emergence of Japanese internationals within the ranks of the German football clubs has created a an exciting potential new audience for the Bundesliga to exploit. The 23-man roster for Japan's World Cup qualifier against Jordan was arguably the biggest sign yet of the converging of Japan's superstars and German [.
Through Ryu's Lens: Atsuto Uchida leaves an impression in North London
After an uninspired performance against Norwich City, this Champions League was meant to be a chance for Wenger's Gunners to bounce back. Instead, Arsenal were there for the taking at the Emirates this evening, and Atsuto Uchida was largely responsible for the men in red's despair.
France vs Japan 2012 Friendly Highlights 0-1 Shinji Kagawa Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
France vs Japan 2012 Friendly Highlights 0-1 Shinji Kagawa Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter France vs Japan 2012 ( France Japan VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- France vs Japan 0-1 ( Kagawa) Stade de France, Paris- 12th Oct, 2012- International Friendly- 20.
The U.S. Women's National Team is once again the top team in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings, marking exactly five years that the USA has held the #1 ranking.
The USA lead the way ahead of Germany, Japan, Brazil, France and Sweden. The only movement in the top ten saw England move up one place to tie with Canada in seventh following England's 1-0 victory against Canada in the championship game of the Cyprus Cup.
South Korea's Park Jong-woo has been barred for two games by the world football body FIFA and fined 3,500 Swiss francs ($3,783) after displayed a political message that inflamed a diplomatic row with Japan at the London Olympic football tournament. The FIFA disciplinary panel ruled he violated rules "article 57 of the FIFA disciplinary code (offensive behaviour and fair play) and article 18
Announced whenever (or yesterday, I think), here's FIFA's short shorts...uh, short LIST of women footballers for this year's big award: Camille Abily (France), Miho Fukumoto (Japan), Carli Lloyd (USA), Marta (Brazil), Aya Miyama (Japan), Alex Morgan (USA), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Homare Sawa (Japan), Christine Sinclair (Canada), Abby Wambach (USA).
After a dismal last few months in the Premier League and continental competition, Chelsea must have been salivating at the prospect of returning to London with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in their possession.
And, with fortunes finally picking up in the last few matches under Rafa Benitez, the opportunity in Japan looked ripe for the picking.
The draw for next summer's Confederations Cup was made in Sao Paulo today and it set up some interesting matches.
The Confederations Cup takes place in Brazil on 15-30 June 2013 when hosts Brazil line up in Group A with Japan, Mexico and Italy. While Spain, Uruguay and Tahiti will be joined in Group B by the champions of Africa, whose identity will be revealed after next February's CAF Africa Cup of Nations final.
Japan vs Brazil Wroclaw 0-4 Highlights 2012 Paulinho Kaka Neymar Goals Video Friendly is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter
Japan vs Brazil Wroclaw 0-4 Highlights 2012 Paulinho Kaka Neymar Goals Video Friendly is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Japan vs Brazil 2012 ( Japan Brazil VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Japan vs Brazil 0-4 ( Paulinho, Neymar*2, Kaka) International Friendly- Wroclaw, Poland- 13.
Mano Menezes has been forced to make changes for Brazil's game against Japan in Poland on Tuesday. With the injury to Real Madrid's Marcelo, centreback Leandro Castan may make his Brazil debut as a makeshift left-back. A more adventurous line-up could see Thiago Neves appearing on the left. Ramires is also doubtful.
Now, my queue of matches to watch on ESPN3 is growing by the day, but let me comment anyway on things I have yet to see. Mexico scores first for North America, and so happy to see that, since I sorta predicted they would, because--hey--not every team attends a World Cup tournament just to sing and dance.
Wolves are a fascinating species. When it comes to sustaining dominance, wolves tend to display an act of submission or 'giving in' to the dominant wolf. On the other hand, the dominant wolf, known as the alpha male, demonstrates his power by getting each and every pack member's attention.
In the first major footballing showpiece final of this year, Kashiwa Reysol secured Japanese football's major domestic knockout competition when defeating Gamba Osaka 1-0 in the 2012 (yes, that is 2012 as opposed to 2013) Emperor's Cup final in the National Stadium in Tokyo.
Kashiwa Reysol went into the game as favourites, the team having finished the 2012 J-League 1 season in a respectable sixth place.
Much of the focus will be on whether or not John Terry will return to first team action this weekend against Villa. Terry didn't fly to Japan for the World Club Cup, staying back at Cobham to work on his fitness. He travelled to Leeds in midweek but played no part in the game.
Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez (Photo via Reuters)
Chelsea FC are in Japan this week as they take part in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup. The Blues qualified for this event by winning the UEFA Champions League last season and will match up against the winners of the other FIFA Confederations beginning tomorrow as they take on CF Monterrey of Mexico (CONCACAF champions) in a semi-final match.
Chelsea have arrived in Japan for the Club World Cup -- a tournament Fernando Torres is taking seriously and a place that means a lot to him since it's the birthplace of the animated series Captain Tsubasa. The series was about a young footballer named Tsubasa Oozora, who ran around with dead-eyed intensity and executed fantastical moves while leading his teams to glory.
A French television host has incurred the wrath of the Japanese government after making a joke about the devastating 9.0 magnitudeearthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011, triggering a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant the largest nuclear disaster sinceChernobylin 1986.
Japanese football continued its development on Wednesday after the national side all-but qualified for their fifth successive FIFA World Cup with a late victory over Oman.
The match saw Japan taken almost to the very end by a battling Oman team but in the final minute Shinji Okazaki popped up to secure a 2-1 victory and extend the nation's lead in Group B of Asian qualifying.
While much of the world is partaking in meaningless friendlies, some World Cup Qualifiers are happening, such as the one between Oman and Japan. This shot of some "spectators" atop the stadium in Muscat makes it all worth it.
Arsenal made a very successful visit to the Far East last summer which ended in defeat by a Malaysia XI, and it seems that the Gunners are going to try and consolidate some of that global support by going back to the same continent again during the coming close season.
It was revealed a few days ago that Arsenal would be playing in Jakarta, facing the Indonesian national team on Sunday, July 14.
In their inaugural season Seattle Reign FC will test themselves against one of the giants in women's soccer - INAC Kobe Leonessa on March 17th (Japan time). During a two week preseason tour of Japan the Reign will travel with 24 total players, some current players will join during the tour and some trialists will travel as well.
As we all know, our trip to the Club World Cup in Japan turned out to be a nightmare after being beaten in the final. A 12,000 mile round trip that could have taken it's toll on our players and all for nothing so it seemed.
However, there has been one major positive about the trip for Rafa Benitez and that has been time to work with the players and three wins in three, seven out of eight in all competitions has sparked a revival at Chelsea and has put us right back in the hunt for trophies this season.
Nick Kosar is back with his second Footiebusiness guest post. Nick is a strategic marketing executive who was managing editor of Far East Traveler magazine in Tokyo before returning to the States to follow the newly inaugurated Major League Soccer. He's still trying to figure out which J. League team to root for.
The talented young Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi is being fast-tracked to the Arsenal first team by being sent straight out on loan for a year at Wigan in the hope that he can make a great impact this season.
He has only made five appearances so far, but considering he is only 19 it is surely better to give him a staggered introduction to the rigours of the Premier League so as to lessen the risk of burnout, and the player himself is certain he is in the right place to learn his trade.
Also, Olli Kahn hätte seine helle Freude an diesem außergewöhnlichen Wunderwerk der Technik gehabt. Eine Toilette, die man wenn man mal nicht gerade ein Geschäft vor hat auch mal als Torwart mißbrauchen kann. Und das WC macht seine Sache verdammt gut, was selbst einen gestandenen Kicker zur Verzweiflung bringen kann.