Wednesday, 17 July 2024

Samurai Blue Reports

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Why Japan will Win the World Cup

I know . . . . youre staring at that headline trying to figure out what on earth it means. Well, there's only one way to find out: Read On.

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Keisuke Honda Goes South

Japan international Keisuke Honda has signed for Liga MX club Pachuca after his AC Milan exit, becoming the second Japanese to play in Mexican football’s top tier.

With various clubs around the footballing world  touted as interested, it was, unquestionably, a surprising move.
Michele Tossani gives us his view...

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Postmortem on Japan - Australia

In the wake of Japan's 1-1 draw with Australia, it is hard to dispute coach Halilhodzic's verdict, that this result was "two points lost, rather than one point gained".

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Overseas Stars Honing Skills for NT Duty

Japan is in a good position to qualify for their sixth consecutive appearance at the World Cup. Vahid Halilhodzic will hope that his stars continue to impress at their respective clubs, remaining sharp for the five remaining qualifying matches coming up in 2017

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Japan - Australia

Japan's campaign for the 2018 World Cup sputtered along in unconvincing fashion Tuesday evening, with a 1-1 draw against Australia

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Japan Enters a New Era

After the solid performance put in by a host of relatively new NT players last week, against Oman, Halilhodzic took a bit of a gamble and benched his star attacking unit of Honda, Okasaki and Kagawa, replacing them with three players who have only two dozen NT caps between them. The result proved that a new era is dawning for the Samurai Blue.

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Japan - Iraq

Japan's campaign for a berth in the 2018 World Cup received an enormous boost on Thursday evening, as birthday boy Hotaru Yamaguchi's injury-time blast carried Japan past the Lions of Mesopotamia, and put their qualification campaign back on track.

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