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Hajime Moriyasu guided Sanfreece Hiroshima to three J.League titles between 2012 and 2015.(REUTERS)

Hajime Moriyasu named new head coach of Japan football team

Tokyo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2018 03:32 PM IST
Hajime Moriyasu’s first task will be preparing the Japan football team for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in January.
Japan's coach Akira Nishino’s successor will be decided by the end of the month.(Reuters)
Japan's coach Akira Nishino’s successor will be decided by the end of the month.(Reuters)

Japan not to extend coach Akira Nishino contract after FIFA World Cup 2018 exit

Reuters, Samara | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2018 04:33 PM IST
Akira Nishino, JFA’s former technical director, took over as Japan national team coach in April following the surprise dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic, who had secured its qualification to the FIFA World Cup 2018
Japan advanced into the knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday despite losing 0-1 to Poland, progressing from Group H thanks to their lower tally of yellow cards than Senegal.(REUTERS)
Japan advanced into the knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup on Thursday despite losing 0-1 to Poland, progressing from Group H thanks to their lower tally of yellow cards than Senegal.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Fair Play history made as Japan enter last 16 despite loss to Poland

Omnisport, Volgograd | By By Ben Spratt
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 10:21 PM IST
Japan became the first team to qualify from the FIFA World Cup group stages via Fair Play rankings despite a 0-1 defeat to Poland in which Akira Nishino bizarrely made six changes to an unbeaten side.
Japan will face Poland in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Volgograd on Thursday.(AFP)
Japan will face Poland in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Volgograd on Thursday.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan eye Round of 16 berth against Poland

Samara | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 11:54 AM IST
A point against Poland will send Japan into the FIFA World Cup knockouts but Makoto Hasebe does not plan on settling for a draw.
Senegal forward Sadio Mane (L) and Japan defender Maya Yoshida (R) will the key players when the two teams clash at Ekaterinburg for a Group H match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.(AFP)
Senegal forward Sadio Mane (L) and Japan defender Maya Yoshida (R) will the key players when the two teams clash at Ekaterinburg for a Group H match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Confident Japan keen to flaunt attack against Senegal

Reuters, Yekaterinburg | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2018 01:32 PM IST
Japan and Senegal both won their opening FIFA World Cup 2018 Group H matches and will be eager to continue the winning momentum when they meet on Sunday.
Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their second goal vs Lithuania during their friendly match at PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland on June 12, 2018.(REUTERS)
Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring their second goal vs Lithuania during their friendly match at PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland on June 12, 2018.(REUTERS)

Japan end woeful run, Robert Lewandowski shines for Poland ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2018 10:32 AM IST
Japan came from behind to beat Paraguay 4-2 while Robert Lewandowski scored a brace for Poland as they hammered Lithuania 4-0 in warm-up games ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Japan's defender Hiroki Sakai (up) and Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (R) vie during an international friendly football match between Switzerland and Japan at Cornaredo stadium in Lugano.(AFP)
Japan's defender Hiroki Sakai (up) and Switzerland's midfielder Steven Zuber (R) vie during an international friendly football match between Switzerland and Japan at Cornaredo stadium in Lugano.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup team profile: Japan hope to make their mark

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 05:52 PM IST
Japan will be hoping to assert their dominance on the world stage after having made their mark in Asia.
Japan's national football team's head coach Akira Nishino at a news conference on Thursday (May 31) to announce his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)
Japan's national football team's head coach Akira Nishino at a news conference on Thursday (May 31) to announce his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)

2018 FIFA World Cup: Japan coach Akira Nishino opts for experienced squad

Reuters, Tokyo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 04:16 PM IST
Kento Misao, Yosuke Ideguchi and Takuma Asano were dropped as Akira Nishino named his final 23-member Japan squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, starting June 14.
Russia's Sergei Ignashevich (L) and Austria's Guido Burgstaller vie for the ball during their international friendly football match at Tivoli stadium in Innsbruck, Austria on May 30, 2018.(AFP)
Russia's Sergei Ignashevich (L) and Austria's Guido Burgstaller vie for the ball during their international friendly football match at Tivoli stadium in Innsbruck, Austria on May 30, 2018.(AFP)

Russia lose to Austria in FIFA World Cup 2018 warm-up game

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2018 01:12 PM IST
Russia slipped to a 1-0 defeat vs Austria whilst Japan, who played the first game under new coach Akira Nishino, lost 2-0 at home to Ghana.
Ghana's Thomas Partey, centre left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal, during a friendly football match between Japan and Ghana in Yokohama.(AP)
Ghana's Thomas Partey, centre left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal, during a friendly football match between Japan and Ghana in Yokohama.(AP)

Errors cost hosts Japan in World Cup send-off match vs Ghana

Omnisport | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 07:32 PM IST
Goals from Thomas Partey and Emmanuel Boateng saw Ghana beat World Cup qualifiers Japan 2-0 in Yokohama on Wednesday.
Keisuke Honda (L) and Shinji Kagwa have both been included in Japan’s squad for the friendly against Ghana.(Getty Images)
Keisuke Honda (L) and Shinji Kagwa have both been included in Japan’s squad for the friendly against Ghana.(Getty Images)

Japan coach Akira Nishino plays safe in shadow 2018 FIFA World Cup squad

Agence France-Presse, Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 12:57 PM IST
Talismanic Japan forward Keisuke Honda and playmaker Shinji Kagawa were included by Akira Nishino among a group of 27 players for a friendly against Ghana ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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