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America
Japan's Copa America performance justified sending young squad
12:01 Saturday 29th June 2019

When Japan only announced four senior players in their Copa America 2019 squad, many were left baffled. Some mistook it for disrespect in a competition perhaps beyond their grabs. However, Hajime Moriyasu had other plans in place which saw…

Opinion
Do Copa America woes indicate South American decline?
17:01 Tuesday 25th June 2019

Believe it or not, a South American nation did win the World Cup in this millennium. It just feels like it's been an age since Brazil won their fifth tournament in 2002 to finished the year atop the FIFA world rankings with Argentina second…

International
Should you be watching Uruguay at the Copa America?
17:00 Sunday 16th June 2019

The Copa America kicked off on Friday. Hosts Brazil knocked off Bolivia handily, 3-0. The Selecao, along with Argentina, began as many people’s tournament picks. That's usually the case although la Albiceleste now have it all…

Womens Football
Will China, Japan make the World Cup an Asian affair?
09:00 Saturday 8th June 2019

Female football has come a long way in Asia since China hosted the inaugural edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup [then referred to as the FIFA Women’s World Championship] in 1991. The China women’s football team, in…

J League
J2 and the Gauntlet of Hate
09:00 Wednesday 21st November 2018

Football bureaucracy is terrible, isn’t it? Procedural hindrances plague Japan’s football system like you wouldn’t believe. J2 took a body blow goal to its autonomy at season's end, this year. Let us file the paperwork…

World Cup
Forget possession stats; Counterattack rules Russia 2018
15:30 Monday 9th July 2018

The end is in sight. The most anticipated and publicized football event on the planet is reaching its zenith. What will you do with your life after next week? Oh, right, the transfer window. This has been a World Cup that has lived…

World Cup
Russia 2018: The underdogs World Cup
12:30 Saturday 7th July 2018

For the first time since anyone can remember, the lowest ranked team coming into a FIFA World Cup will play in the quarter-final. Don’t pour hate and disdain on FIFA rankings, Russia 2018 has been a World Cup for the underdogs. They’ve…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: Will Belgium resort to funny business to top Japan?
09:30 Monday 2nd July 2018

It doesn’t seem like two seconds ago we were listening to Robbie Williams open up World Cup, yet now we find ourselves in the later parts of the round of sixteen. In this one, it's Belgium against Japan. Last Thursday wasn’t…

World Cup
Japan qualifying on FairPlay is a footballing outrage
12:30 Saturday 30th June 2018

If you’re ever lucky enough to visit Japan, one thing will strike you more than the dazzling architecture, natural beauty and cultural history. The Japanese people, by and large, are the politest in the world. Just as their football team…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Can high-flying Japan keep Poland on the ground?
08:30 Thursday 28th June 2018

Group H has certainly provided us with the most surprises to date. Before the World Cup, the smart money would have been on a Colombia/Poland one-two. However, it's these two international powerhouses that are sitting in third and fourth…

World Cup
The good and no-good dirty low down on each group for World Cup Match Day 3
08:00 Monday 25th June 2018

Nothin' you can't handle Nothin' you ain't got Put your money on the table  And drive it off the lot Turn on that old love light  And turn a "maybe" to a "yes" Same old schoolboy game got you into…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Japan, Senegal to boss the group? There goes your bracket
09:30 Sunday 24th June 2018

Heading into the tournament, not many would have expected Japan and Senegal to be ahead in group H after the first round of matches. The Japanese started their game against Columbia on the offensive. It paid instant dividends. Yuya Osako breached…

J League
J1 League mid-point review
08:00 Sunday 24th June 2018

With the J.League's top tier currently on hold for the World Cup. there's no better time to step back and analyze the fine football radiating from the land of the rising sun.  With 15 out of 34 matchdays already taken place, the…

World Cup
World Cup Group H: Coffee, tea, or three points? Colombia v Japan
08:30 Tuesday 19th June 2018

Colombia and Japan will kick off their World Cup campaigns on Tuesday afternoon when they meet in Saransk. The game will be the opener in Group H, which on paper looks like it might be the tightest group in the competition. Of the four Group…

World Cup
Which is Russia 2018's Group of Death?
12:30 Thursday 14th June 2018

We never know when or where our deaths will occur. We do everything to avoid it. Seeking the best healthcare, abstaining from cigarettes, alcohol and fatty foods are all ways to prolong the inevitable.    In the World Cup,…