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Japan, South Korea without stars for East Asian Cup

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Asian powers Japan and South Korea have named squads devoid of big names for next month's biennial East Asian Cup, which also features China and North Korea. The four-nation round-robin competition, to be held in the Chinese city of Wuhan, is not officially recognized by FIFA so European-based clubs, preparing for the start of domestic seasons, are not obliged...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Bacca reaches agreement with AC Milan

A.C. Milan is about to add some more firepower to help Jeremy Menez up front. Menez, the club’s only double-digit goal scorer, will soon be joined by prolific striker Carlos Bacca. Sure, attacking midfielders like Giacomo Bonaventura and Keisuke Honda chipped in with goals (seven and four respectively), but the forward line was clearly lacking. Giampaolo Pazzini wasn’t up to...
Via World Soccer Talk
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Asian powers unconvincing in World Cup qualifying

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) The four power teams of Asian football avoided defeat in their opening World Cup qualifiers, yet none put in performances that will dispel the doubts about the strength of the region's teams following their combined winless record at the 2014 World Cup. Almost 60,000 saw Japan held to a scoreless draw at home by Singapore, ranked 154 in the world, in a disappointing...
Via AP on Fox
June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Arsenal suffer blow in race for talented Japanese midfielder

Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda will stay at the club despite a number of offers including Schalke 04 and Arsenal. After a brilliant start to the season in which he scored six goals in seven games, the 28-year-old struggled to make an impact in Filippo Inzaghi's squad after featuring in the Asian Cup for his country. […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Filippo Inzaghi to assess Honda and Destro ahead of Internazionale

Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi will assess the fitness level of midfielder Keisuke Honda and striker Mattia Destro ahead of tomorrow's derby against Internazionale. The Italian confirmed that a number of key players are back in the squad but will only take a decision on the starting formation after today's last training session. "It's Internazionale against […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Filippo Inzaghi ahead of Sampdoria, gives full injury update

Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi says midfielder Keisuke Honda is not in the squad to face Sampdoria on Sunday. The 28-year-old was also ruled out of the Palermo game with a foot injury but is expected to make his return in the squad against Internazionale on April 19. "We know this one is a very important […]
Via FastOneTwo.com
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in debut of new coach Halilhodzic

OITA, Japan (AP) Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in its first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Halilhodzic brought Honda and Okazaki into the game early in the second half, and the moves paid off. Okazaki scored on a header off a Honda cross in the 78th minute, and Honda doubled the advantage five minutes later...
Via AP on Fox
March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan coach Halilhodzic names squad for home friendlies

TOKYO (AP) Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic opted for experience in naming his first squad since taking over as coach of the national football team. Halilhodzic, who was just appointed to the job a week ago, selected Milan forward Keisuke Honda and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa to the 31-man squad that will play home friendlies against Tunisia on March 27 and Uzbekistan...
Via AP on Fox
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Relegation- threatened Chievo Verona hold Milan to goalless draw

VERONA, Italy -- AC Milan was held to a goalless draw at relegation-threatened Chievo Verona in Serie A on Saturday as it once again failed to win consecutive matches. Filippo Inzaghi's team has not recorded two successive victories since October, and remained ninth ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures. Chievo earned a valuable point in its battle to survive the drop, and moved...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

AC Milan fails again to win 2 in a row in Serie A

VERONA, Italy (AP) AC Milan was held to a goalless draw at relegation-threatened Chievo Verona in Serie A on Saturday as it once again failed to win consecutive matches. Filippo Inzaghi's team has not recorded two successive victories since October, and remained ninth ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures. Chievo earned a valuable point in its battle to survive the drop, and...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

5 Observations From Japan’s 2-0 Victory Against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record and set themselves up for a mouthwatering with the technically proficient United Arab Emirates. Jordan for their part had a chance of advancing to the quarters provided...
Via World Soccer Talk
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan defeat Jordan to qualify as Asian Cup Group D winners

Keisuke Honda scored in a third straight Asian Cup game as Japan weathered a determined Jordan 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals as a group winner on Tuesday. Iraq followed Japan from Group D after Younis Mahmoud and Ahmed Yaseen gave it a 2-0 victory over already-eliminated Palestine. Defending champion Japan will next face the United Arab Emirates in Sydney on Friday, when Iraq...
Via AP on Fox
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan, Iraq advance to Asian Cup quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa scored as Japan weathered a determined Jordan to win their final group match 2-0 and advance to the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday. Iraq also qualified from Group D after Younis Mahmoud and Yaser Safa Kasim gave it a 2-0 victory over already-eliminated Palestine in Canberra. Group-winner Japan will next face the United...
Via AP on Fox
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Honda puts Japan in driving seat with winner against Iraq

Keisuke Honda agreed he needed to adjust his radar despite guiding Japan to the top of Group D with a match-winning penalty against Iraq on Friday, putting the defending champions into a prime position to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the Asian Cup. Japan beat the 2007 champions 1-0 in Brisbane to move to six points, three clear of Iraq and Jordan, which thrashed tournament...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Asian Cup: Japan leads Group D, Jordan in contention

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Keisuke Honda agreed he needed to adjust his radar despite guiding Japan to the top of Group D with a match-winning penalty against Iraq on Friday, putting the defending champions into a prime position to secure a spot in the knockout stages of the Asian Cup. Japan beat the 2007 champions 1-0 in Brisbane to move to six points, three clear of Iraq and Jordan...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Asian Cup: Japan edges Iraq 1-0 to take lead in Group D

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Keisuke Honda converted a penalty and hit the woodwork three times as defending champion Japan edged Iraq 1-0 Friday to take the Group D lead and move a step closer to qualifying for the Asian Cup quarterfinals. The AC Milan attacker converted from the spot in the 23rd minute after he was dragged down in the area amid challenges by Ali Adnan and Saad Abdulameer...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football

The Progress of Asian Nations in World Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com There is little doubt that football in Asia was given a massive boost by World Cup 2002  which was jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea. It was doubly advantageous that the two hosts put on a good show on the field. South Korea finished fourth, losing the 3rd Place play off, 3-2, to Turkey who...
Via Soccerlens
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Defending champion Japan, Iraq open with Asian Cup wins

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa helped engineer Japan's 4-0 rout of tournament newcomer Palestine and Iraq edged Jordan 1-0 on Monday as the last two winners of the Asian Cup won their Group D openers. There'll be little time for celebration, though, with Japan and Iraq meeting Friday in a match that will likely determine which team tops the group. Defending...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Palestinian newcomers outclassed by Japan at Asian Cup

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) The Palestinian players had plenty of support in their Asian Cup debut, even though Japan scored all the goals. Palestine has become the feel-good story of the continental tournament after qualifying by winning the AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives. On Monday, the team's vocal and colorful fans cheered wildly, but it was defending champion Japan that won...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan start Asian Cup defense with win against Palestine

Defending champion Japan won its first match of this year's Asian Cup, beating newcomer Palestine 4-0 Monday in its opening Group D match. Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored in the first half to give Japan the lead against the tournament debutants in wet and windy conditions at Hunter Stadium. Maya Yoshida scored after the break from Shinji Kagawa's cross to complete...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Japan opens Asian Cup with 4-0 win over Palestine in Group D

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Japan won its first match of this year's Asian Cup, beating newcomer Palestine 4-0 Monday in its opening Group D match. Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored in the first half to give Japan a big lead against the tournament debutants in wet and windy conditions at Hunter Stadium. Maya Yoshida scored after the break from...
Via AP on Fox
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Asian Cup set for 2 games Monday, including Japan-Palestine

Defending champion Japan plays newcomer Palestine at Newcastle in its opening match at the Asian Cup on Monday, while Jordan takes on 2007 winner Iraq in Brisbane. Here's a look at those Group D matches: JAPAN vs. PALESTINE (0700 GMT): This will be the first competitive meeting between the teams, and Japan and AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda is telling the defending champions to...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Defending champions wary about favoritism tag at Asian Cup

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) Japan forward Keisuke Honda is uncomfortable with his team's status as favorites at the Asian Cup. Honda and his Japan side play their first match Monday against Palestine and while the fledging Middle East football team is considered a huge underdog against the defending champions, Honda rejects the pre-tournament hype. The Milan forward says ''we are...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Asian Cup kicks off with Australia-Kuwait match Friday

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Asian Cup kicks off Friday deep in Australia's sporting heartland, where the Socceroos will attempt to win the continental championship for the first time. It would have been inconceivable a decade ago. Geographically, of course, Australia is a separate continent. In football terms, though, Australia became part of the Asian Football Confederation in...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Players to watch in Group D at the Asian Cup

JAPAN Keisuke Honda - 28, midfielder, AC Milan. Widely considered Japan's best player, Honda scored six goals in Milan's opening seven matches this season but has been held off the score sheet in seven matches since. An attacking midfielder, Honda is the top Japanese scorer in World Cup history with three goals. Shinji Kagawa - 25, midfielder, Borussia Dortmund. After impressive...
Via AP on Fox
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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