September 26, 2012
Just a month after getting his Japanese citizenship in August, Kaoru Morioka got his second piece of good news: the third-generation Japanese-Peruvian had been chosen as a candidate to represent Japan at the FIFA Futsal World Cup, to be held in Thailand in November.
September 25, 2012
Caught up in the action on the pitch and the adrenaline rush of the Olympics, Nadeshiko Japan coach Norio Sasaki said his team's achievement of winning the silver medal didn't sink in until after he returned home from London and watched the games on video.
September 20, 2012
Aya Sameshima played in every World Cup match in Germany in 2011, helping the women's national team to its first World Cup title in Japanese soccer history. The talented defender went on to earn a silver medal with Nadeshiko Japan at the 2012 London Olympics.
September 13, 2012
Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa has tried to play down a back injury which ruled the Manchester United midfielder out of 1-0 win over Iraq in a World Cup qualifier on Sept. 11.
September 12, 2012
Japan midfielder Daisuke Matsui has joined Bulgarian first division side Slavia Sofia, the club said on Sept. 12.
September 11, 2012
SAITAMA, Japan--Iraq coach Zico is bracing himself for an emotional return to Japan for his side's World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Sept. 11 but firmly believes the Asian champions can be beaten.
September 08, 2012
ZURICH--A South Korea footballer who displayed a political sign after the bronze-medal match at the London Olympics will have his disciplinary case heard on Oct. 5, FIFA said on Sept. 7.
September 08, 2012
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Sept. 7 that Japan could host the 2019 Women's World Cup even though the country will stage the Rugby World Cup the same year.
September 07, 2012
NIIGATA, Japan--Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa cut a forlorn figure after being substituted at halftime during Japan's 1-0 friendly victory over the United Arab Emirates, having made little impact on the game.
September 03, 2012
Former Japan international Kazuyoshi Miura is set to finally play in a World Cup at the ripe old age of 45, albeit in the futsal version.
September 02, 2012
Japanese striker Yuki Otsu joined Dutch side VVV Venlo from Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach on Aug. 31 for an undisclosed fee.
August 31, 2012
Hanae Shibata scored two goals as Japan beat South Korea 3-1 on Aug. 30, while Nigeria edged out Mexico 1-0 to advance to the semifinals of the women's under-20 world cup.
August 30, 2012
Shinji Kagawa may have left Borussia Dortmund for English Premier League giant Manchester United this summer but his legacy lives on as an increasing number of Japanese players are playing in Germany.
August 25, 2012
The South Korean soccer player who inflamed a diplomatic row with Japan by waving a political placard at the London Olympics has been granted exemption from military service.
August 24, 2012
At the London Olympics, the Japanese men's national soccer team made it to the final four for the first time in 44 years.
August 16, 2012
The United States, defending champion Germany and host Japan will be the leading title contenders at the women's under-20 World Cup, which kicks off this weekend.
August 16, 2012
Asian soccer champions Japan were held 1-1 by Venezuela on Aug. 15 in the first of two warm-up matches before the resumption of the final round of regional World Cup qualifiers.
August 14, 2012
LONDON--Arsenal says Japan international winger Ryo Miyaichi has signed for Premier League club Wigan on a season-long loan deal.
August 11, 2012
CARDIFF, Wales -- Park Chu-young scored a brilliant individual goal to help South Korea to a 2-0 victory over regional rival Japan on Aug. 10 and a bronze medal in Olympic men's football.
August 10, 2012
Winning an Olympic medal on Aug. 9 at the London Olympics is simply the latest feather in the cap for head coach Norio Sasaki, who has turned the team around since taking over in January 2008.