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Japan omit Kagawa, Okazaki from Asian Cup squad

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa were omitted from Japan's 23-man squad for the 2019 Asian Cup.

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Japan stroll in final Asian Cup warm-up game

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu remains undefeated after five games in charge following a 4-0 rout of Kyrgyzstan in Toyota City on Tuesday.


Japan coast to easy win over Panama

Hajime Moriyasu continued his winning start to life as Japan coach as the four-times Asian champions beat Panama 3-0 in a friendly on Friday.

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126dJohn Duerden

Honda calls for coaching license overhaul

Keisuke Honda has called for an overhaul of the coaching license pathway into management, advocating a written test for potential new coaches.


Japan vs. Chile cancelled after earthquake

Chile's national team has posted a message on social media reassuring fans back home that everyone is safe following the 6.7 earthquake in Sapporo.

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Melbourne Victory sign Japan striker Honda

The 32-year-old, who is expected to arrive in Melbourne next week, shapes as the new focal point in a retooled attack for the defending champions.

173dJohn Duerden, Asia correspondent

Honda eyes Melbourne move, Olympics place

Honda, 32, announced his retirement from the national team last month after playing at his third World Cup and helping Japan reach the second round.


Newcastle sign Muto, but Benitez 'concerned'

Newcastle United have signed Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz on a four-year contract, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.

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Newcastle to sign Japan star Muto from Mainz

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto is set to join Newcastle United from Mainz after the clubs struck a deal and the player agreed terms and had a medical.

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186dJohn Duerden, Asia correspondent

Wenger not in contention for Japan role

Wenger spent time in Japan before moving to Arsenal in 1996, but the national body is looking to hire a domestic manager.

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198dJohn Duerden

AFC teams exit Russia, look to January's Asian Cup

John Duerden takes a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

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Belgium's improbable comeback in photos

Belgium trailed Japan 2-0 after 52 minutes, sparking an improbable comeback topped off by a 94th-minute match-winning counterattack.

RankingsAFC Asian Cup

Goal Difference4Tied-3rd
Goals Scored7Tied-3rd
Goals Conceded3Tied-7th