THEY’RE JOKING AREN’T THEY!

June 10, 2016

Just over a week ago there were stories circulating that Melbourne was likely to host Australia’s biggest World Cup Qualifier on the road to Russia. The story went that ANZ Stadium’s surface wasn’t good enough […]

WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION: THE FINAL PHASE

April 12, 2016

There was some familiarity about the draw of the AFC’s final phase of World Cup Qualification. Regional heavyweights Iran and Korea Republic (Sth Korea) have been drawn together in Group A, and Australia and Japan […]

ABDULRAHMANN NOT THE ONLY THREAT TO SAMURAIS

January 23, 2015

At yesterday’s pre match press conference for Japan versus United Arab Emirates, Samurai Blue manager Javier Aguirre made it clear that his team will be wary of more than just shining light Omar Abdulrahman. Aguirre’s […]

SAMURAIS IN HIGH SPIRITS

January 12, 2015

On Saturday morning Japan conducted a light training session at Newcastle’s No. 2 Sportsground. The team was greeted by muggy conditions, but the humidity had no affect on the spirits of the players. As the […]

SAMURAIS IN CESSNOCK

January 4, 2015

Japan’s soccer samurais have arrived in Australia and are wasting no time getting in some match practise. Today Japan will play one of two friendly fixtures in preparation for the Asian Cup. The unlikely location […]

Match Report: JAPAN V AUCKLAND CITY

January 4, 2015

Though Auckland City had turned heads in the Club World Cup, they were clearly our of their depth against the Japanese national team. In a first half where Auckland couldn’t get the ball into the […]

EAST ASIAN SOCCER NEWS ROUND UP

December 17, 2014

In Japan Gamba Osaka completed the domestic treble, after defeating second tier Montedio Yamagata in the Emperor’s Cup Final. Just one week earlier Gamba had captured the J-League title, and with little time to celebrate, […]

KOREA REPUBLIC WITH DREAM DRAW FOR BRAZIL 2014

December 16, 2013

Of Asia’s participants in Brazil 2014 Korea Republic are the most fortunate. The Taeguk Warriors have been drawn in what I label the ‘Group of Fluff’, while Japan have also been rather fortunate in contrast […]

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