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Early red card costs Colombia as unfancied Japan claim shock win

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA109 hits

Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez became the first player to be sent off at the 2018 World Cup as Japan secured an entertaining 2-1 win in Saransk.The former Aston Villa midfielder was dismissed after just four minutes in the Group H opener for deliberate handball and Shinji Kagawa made no mistake with the resulting penalty.Colombia equalised shortly before half-time through Juan Quintero&rsq...Full Story »

Colombia(N) vs Japan - Japan coach Nishino admits earthquake has upset his players

Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by PA232 hits

Japan boss Akira Nishino admits the squad have been shaken by the earthquake back home ahead of their World Cup opener against Colombia.They embark on their sixth straight campaign on Tuesday when they kick off in Group H.But Sunday’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Osaka, which has reportedly killed two and injured more than 200, has upset the team.SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) ente...Full Story »

Haraguchi sees team effort as key to Japan’s World Cup quest

Posted Friday, June 01, 2018 by Foxsports.com146 hits

Japan international Genki Haraguchi believes a team approach will be crucial to his side's prospects at the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Samurai Blue are currently preparing for a 6th consecutive appearance at world football's biggest tournament, but their recent form has hardly been inspiring. Apart from two victories that were expected over DPR Korea and China at December's EAFF E-1 F...Full Story »

Andres Iniesta: Barcelona legend 'had a lot of offers' before signing for Japan's Vissel Kobe

Posted Friday, May 25, 2018 by BBC.com233 hits

Iniesta was presented with his shirt by Vissel Kobe owner Hiroshi Mikitani Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta said he dismissed offers from elsewhere to join Vissel Kobe because they showed they had "trust and confidence" in him. The 34-year-old completed his move to the Japanese top-flight side after leaving Barca, where he spent 22 years. "I had a lot of offers, other clubs showed an interest ...Full Story »

Ex-Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta hints that he's joining Japan's Vissel Kobe

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 by ESPN177 hits

Andres Iniesta has hinted that he's set to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe. The 34-year-old playmaker left Barcelona at the end of the Spanish season after more than 20 years at the club and sources told ESPN's Jordi Blanco last month that he would sign with J1 League club. Iniesta wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: "Heading to my new home, with my friend @hiroshi.mikitani." In the accompanying ...Full Story »

Iniesta choosing between China and Japan

Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by fourfourtwo.com150 hits

Andres Iniesta is choosing between China and Japan as he prepares for life after Barcelona. Barcelona great Andres Iniesta confirmed he was close to making a decision over his future, with China and Japan his options. Iniesta, 34, will leave the LaLiga champions at the end of the season after 16 campaigns at the club. The Spain international was expected to head to China, only for Japan and...Full Story »

'All possibilities are open' – Iniesta responds to China, Japan and Australia links

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 by Goal.com158 hits

Andres Iniesta revealed there are still "little details" to resolve as he decides on who is next club will be, insisting all possibilities are open outside of Europe. The Barcelona icon is leaving the La Liga champions at the end of the season and has been linked with moves to China, Japan and Australia after declaring he would not move to another European side. Iniesta started Barca's 5-1 t...Full Story »

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