2018 Season

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2018 Schedule
4th in FIFA World Cup
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2dJohn 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.

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14dESPN

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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46dAAP

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.

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48dJohn 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.

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49dESPN

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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55dReuters

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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61dJohn 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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74dJohn 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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80dESPN

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.

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80dESPN

Chadli late show sees Belgium past Japan

Nacer Chadli scored deep into second-half stoppage time to complete Belgium's 3-2 comeback win against Japan in the World Cup.

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81dReuters

Senegal ask FIFA to reconsider fair play ruling

"FIFA has adopted a new system but does the fair play rule solve all the problems? After the game, nothing happened to either Japan or Poland."

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83dESPN

Belgium's Lukaku 'fully fit' to face Japan

Romelu Lukaku is fully fit after injuring an ankle in last weekend's win over Tunisia and should be available for Belgium against Japan.

RankingsFIFA World Cup

Goal Difference-1Tied-18th
Goals Scored6Tied-9th
Assists5Tied-7th
Goals Conceded7Tied-25th