Former Barcelona and Spain international midfielder Andres Iniesta believes that he has made the right decision to move to Japan in order to play for Vissel Kobe. He said that he feels at home in Japan and that he has been welcomed really well by his teammates as well as the fans. Indeed Andres Iniesta has enjoyed a good opening to his Japanese career and has scored two goals so far this season in the Japanese league.
Japan has replaced their national coach Akira Nishino after their disappointing exit against Belgium. Indeed the Japanese team was leading by 2-0 with only 25 minutes left in the game and was ultimately beaten 3-2. The Japanese Football Federation has decided that they will need another coach if they want the team to progress. Akira Nishino said that he accepts the decision and believes that he has done his best for the team. He said that Japan has done their best in the World Cup and it is unfortunate that they could not win the game against Belgium. He said that they started the match well and did everything they can in order to control the game.
Japanese football witnessed yet another record, as Kazuyoshi Miura became the first player over 50 years to get a score in the country’s football league. The player scored for Yokohama FC in the game against Thespa Kasatsu. Miura’s goal made all the difference, earning the team maximum points in the Division 2 clash. The former Japan international said he had “the vibes of a goal” and that he was just trying to stay positive before he netted. The player broke his previous record as the oldest goalscorer in J-league history as he held the record at 49 years, three months and 24 days. He has now set the new record at 50 years and 14 days. He renewed his deal[…]
On July 24 of the current year Javier Aguirre was selected as the new coach of the Japanese national football team as he replaced Alberto Zaccheroni who decided to resign and retire after the 2014 World Cup was over. The Mexican coach said that a new era for the Japanese squad will begin under his guidance as he wants to give all of his players a fresh start and a new chance for them to make their presence be felt in the team and earn their spot in his starting lineup. “This is a brand new start and if I talk about one player then I have to talk about all 23. Whether they are young, veterans, first-timers, have played[…]
Japanese football Association has announced Javier Aguirre as the successor to Alberto Zaccheroni, who stepped down from his managerial role after the World Cup 2014. Japan came into the tournament as one of the strongest representatives from Asia, but they even failed to get past the group stages in a disappointing performance. Zaccheroni, who has overseen several improvements with regard to Japanese football in the last few years, took the blame for this early exit and resigned from his position. Rather than look forward to having a Japanese coach, it seems that Japan are keen on intent on a foreign coach once again. They have known for Mexican Javier Aguirre, who recently left his role at Spanish club Espanyol. Aguirre[…]
Alberto Zaccheroni has joined the list of managers who have stepped down from their role after a disappointing World Cup. The World Cup has already seen the exit of managers like Cesare Prandelli and Fernando Santos. Ottmar Hitzfeld has announced his resignation after the end of the tournament. Zaccheroni, who has been widely tipped to return to Europe in club football in the last few months, has also decided to step down from his post after Japan failed to make it into the knockout stages of the World Cup 2014. Japan came into the tournament as one of the top teams from Asia. Despite being in a relatively winnable group that contained the likes of Colombia and Ivory Coast, Japan[…]
Japanese football has been producing a number of high profile players in recent years. Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been one of them. They have also been extremely good at producing high-quality strikers. Even though some of them have not been proved to the very top level, they have been slowly making an impact nonetheless. Albirex Niigata striker Kengo Kawamata has been one of them. Kawamata has so far not been part of Alberto Zaccheroni’s plans for the World Cup, but he has been one of the impressive Japanese strikers around. He managed to score 23 goals in just 32 matches last season. Despite that, he has found himself nowhere near the Japanese first-team. The striker, though, is unconcerned[…]
Japanese coach Alberto Zaccheroni has been linked heavily with a return to Italian football with rumours about the national team looking to hire him as a replacement for Cesare Prandelli. As the current national team coach, Prandelli has done exceedingly well, but he is looking at returning to love football after the end of the World Cup. He has gained immense reputation since becoming Italy’s manager and it is thought that several top clubs like AC Milan and Manchester United would want to hire the manager. This would leave Italy once again looking for a top manager and they are believed to have zeroed in on Zaccheroni, who has done extremely well with the Japanese national team. He has managed[…]
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has undoubtedly become the highest profile player to play in the Japanese J-League in its history. The former Manchester United and Atletico Madrid striker made the move to Cerezo Osaka and stated that it is extremely good for his prospects are the World Cup 2014. Forlan is undoubtedly expected to be in the squad, as Uruguay hope to do well in the World Cup 2014. He was a major influence on the team coming close to an unlikely victory in the 2010 edition. Even at 34 years of age, his influence on the team has not waned. After spending the last two years with Brazilian outfit Internacional, Forlan decided to make the move to Japanese football.[…]
Keisuke Honda has undoubtedly been one of the stars of Japanese football in the last decade and he made a major move by signing for AC Milan. Even though they are not as successful as they once were, Milan will still provide him with an opportunity to get a lot of exposure in world football. The 27-year-old is at the peak of his career. Hence, it was probably right for him to move from a club like CSKA Moscow, which does not have a lot of international pedigree, to a club that has won seven Champions league titles. The forward has been signed on a free transfer, while also becoming the first Japanese to play for the Italian club. Italian[…]