Japan National U-16 Team, so-called “00 Japan”, started their COPA UC 2016 campaign on Wednesday 14 by drawing to U-17 UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA. The opponents are one of the best clubs in Chile, winning countless domestic youth championships. According to the tournament regulations, the U-17 players of the club are participating this time. The match was held right after the tournament’s opening ceremony. In the great environment with almost 800 fans in attendance including a large group of Japanese supporters, the U-16 Japan squad kicked off their first match. For ’00 Japan’, it was the first official international match since they lost to Iraq in the semi-final of the AFC U-16 Championship India 2016. Despite the fatigue from a long trip[…]

Japan’s coach VahidHalilhodzic believes that the Japanese players need to become more aggressive if they want to progress. He said that the players show too much respect to their opponents and this is what is hindering their progress on the pitch. Japan has made a poor start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, and there is intense pressure on VahidHalilhodzic to deliver results. There are also talks in Japan about replacing the coach, and they have given him a few more games to turn the results around. However, VahidHalilhodzic believes that he is doing his job and that it is time for the players to do theirs. He said that the Japanese players are far more respectful of their opponents[…]

Vahid Halilhodzic says he would like to see the ‘goals-conceded’ tally of his team to remain nil in the Syria match as well which would mark the end of round no. 1 of AFC qualification for the Samurai Blue. Japan’s net is yet to be shaken by an opposition team so far in world Cup qualification matches which is an incredible record. No team in any AFC group has had so many clean slates in a row. And, it’s not that they have achieved the record through a defensive play. Their ‘goals-scored’ tally is over twenty which means they have scored in abundance and not to forget that the first match they had played was a scoreless draw. So, all[…]

The J League with its mission to increase the Japanese football level has also promoted the flow of the game using the professional football medium. Another objective of Japanese league is to foster the growth of the sporting culture in Japan. Three of the Japanese football league teams successfully reached to the pitch on 20th April 2016 in the fifth day of the AFC champion’s league group stage. The team FC Tokyo was defeated in a 3-0 loss to Jeonbuk Motors, the K- League champions. The former midfielder of Cerezo Osaka, Kim Bo-Kyung along with Ko Mu-yeol managed to score the opener and also helped Lee Jae-sung on the second goal by making it 3-0 in the stoppage time. Tokyo[…]

Liverpool finished the 2014-15 Premier League season in a very disappointing fashion as Brendan Rodgers and his players lost the last match of that season in what was an underwhelming match against Stoke City which saw Liverpool losing 6-1. Liverpool had to settle with the 6th spot of the Premier League in this season. Nonetheless, even with this disastrous campaign that Liverpool went through in the past edition of the Premier League, the owners of the Premier League club still decided to keep Brendan Rodgers as the manager of the English squad but the pressure is starting to build on the Northern Ireland coach as the club has spent big in this summer and Rodgers has to make a successful[…]

Ivory Coast became the champions of Africa after defeating Ghana in the finals of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in a match that had to be decided in a penalty session. The African champions experienced going through a managerial change as HerveRenard decided to step down from coaching Ivory Coast earlier in May as he went on to take charge of the French club Lille. When HerveRenard left his managerial post in Ivory Coast, a 59 man shortlist was announced by the Football Federation of Ivory Coast as the African Nation was on the search for a new manager that could replace Renard. This shortlist was later cut down from 59 to only 5. These 5 potential managers were:[…]

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is backing his former striker, Didier Drogba, to be a major success in the MLS. The striker is on the verge of joining an MLS club with both Chicago Fire and Montréal Impact interested in his services. Both clubs will be getting an ageing striker on an extraordinary wage packet, but Mourinho believes that Drogba is fully worth this respect. The 37-year-old striker may be on his last legs in terms of playing football, but the contribution that he makes to the squad is invaluable according to Mourinho. In fact, the Portuguese manager has gone as far as saying that he would make Drogba as his first signing at each of his clubs. The Ivory Coast[…]

Japanese football Association director Masahiro Shimoda has confirmed that manager Vahid Halilhodzic is unlikely to lose his job despite having a bad experience at the recent East Asian Cup tournament. Japan were the overwhelming favourites to win the title after going in as one of the top teams. However, they even failed to progress past the final round. Japan ended up finishing at the bottom of the table in the final round with Korea Republic topping the group. Japan failed to win any of the last three matches. This tournament has raised a lot of concerns about Halilhodzic’s ability to lead the team going forward.

Japan are already favourites to reach the World Cup 2018 even before the qualification campaign is yet to begin. The national team may have been disappointing at the previous World Cup, but they have so far look extremely good under the management of Vahid Halilhodzic. The Bosnian watched his team get a 4-0 win over Iraq in a friendly match. This friendly is a good preparation for the team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Singapore. This is the first qualification match and a good result is an important aspect. The national team will also be hoping to put behind the disappointing quarter-final exit at the Asian cup. The fact that the team managed to beat semifinalist at the[…]

Vahid Halilhodzic reckons the Japan squad has to be rebuilt and for that, there is some time needed, but, he is very happy with the talent that he has found in his ranks. According to Halilhodzic, he is excited to work with the Japanese guys as they are hard working individuals and they go about everything in a much disciplined way. Halilhodzic has recently been named as the Samurai Blues boss. He has replaced Javier Aguirre who was thrown out because of match fixing allegations. The 62-year Yugoslavian landed in Tokyo last week and is at his work already. He has to pick his players for the Tunisia game which is not that far away and so, he has been[…]