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  1. Sport - Soccer - JAPAN

    Mexican Javier Aguirre to become Japan's new coach, say reports

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 09:32pm by AFP

    ... for Blue Samurai: reports Mexican Javier Aguirre has agreed to become Japan's new coach following the resignation of Alberto Zaccheroni after his side's World Cup flop, media reported ... The Japan Football Association (JFA) said no formal decision had been made, but the former Espanyol manager could travel to Japan to be unveiled next month, the Nikkan Sports daily reported. ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Colombia goalkeeper, 43, becomes World Cup's oldest ever player in thrashing of Japan

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 06:23am

    ... in a 4-1 victory over Japan on Tuesday as the oldest man to play in the finals at the age of 43. Mondragon, whose birthday was last Saturday, broke the record held by former Cameroon striker Roger ... against Japan with the South American team having already qualified for the last 16 and leading Japan 3-1. The Colombia-dominated crowd erupted as Mondragon ran on to the pitch with tears ...

  3. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Japan, needing a miracle, get a visit from bonkers anti-China cult

    Posted Jun 23rd 2014, 01:34am by James Porteous

    ... @JamesPorteous Japan need a miracle to qualify for the knockout stage, but we're not sure if Happy Science are going to deliver it. The religious cult visited the team's training camp and left ... Germany of today'. Here's an interesting article a bout them from the Japan Times. They have been compared to Aum Shinrikyo, the cult that launched the sarin gas attack in a Tokyo metro ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Japan bemoan failure to kill off 10-man Greece

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 08:18am

    ... Agencies in Natal Blue Samurai have mountain to climb against Colombia after 0-0 draw Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni bemoaned his side’s failure to punish 10-man Greece after a 0-0 draw which leaves the Asian giants struggling to reach the World Cup knockout rounds. Japan looked to have been given a crucial advantage when Greek captain Konstantinos Katsouranis was dismissed ...

  5. Sport - Rugby - INTERNATIONALS

    Japan aiming to peak at World Cup

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Japan aiming to peak at World Cup Japan coach Eddie Jones pledged that the Asian champions would hit peak form at next year's World Cup as they bid ... States last weekend. However, Jones warned that Italy- who have won all five of their previous meetings against the Japanese- would be a much different prospect in Saturday's clash. Japan ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - JAPAN V GREECE

    Exit and pride on the cards for Japan and Greece in high-stakes confrontation

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 09:52pm by AFP

    ... in high-stakes clash Japan and Greece face a high-stakes shoot-out after opening match defeats, which have left their participation in the tournament hanging by a thread. With Japan outmuscled by Ivory Coast 2-1 and Greece thumped 3-0 by Colombia on Saturday, defeat for either side in their group C collision in Natal could well be terminal. Whether Japan or Greece are heading for the exit ...

  7. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Japan win the politeness trophy

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 11:51pm by James Porteous

    ... James Porteous james.porteous@scmp.com Why can't we all clean up after ourselves like Blue Samurai fans? Their team might not win any games in Brazil, but Japan's fans have ... this is nothing new- similar photos can be found from the last five World Cups. Here's an article talking about France 98. Of course, as frequent tourists to Japan, Hong Kongers are no stranger ...

  8. Sport - 2014 World Cup

    Ivory Coast 2 Japan 1: Didier Drogba factor sees Africans turn around early setback

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 12:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Recife Ivory Coast rally to down Japan Two goals in two second-half minutes saw the Ivory Coast come from behind and beat Japan 2-1 in a dramatic World Cup group C encounter late on Saturday. A fine Keisuke Honda strike after 16 minutes had put Japan in front at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife, but the Ivorians introduced Didier Drogba from the bench just after ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - BADMINTON

    Hu Yun turns back the clock to book spot in Japan Open final

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 12:22am by CHAN KIN-WA

    ... Chan Kin-wa kinwa.chan@scmp.com Hu turns back clock to book final spot Hong Kong's Hu Yun continued his giant-killing form in the Japan Open on Saturday as the veteran stormed into the men's singles final in Tokyo. Having stunned second seed Chen Long of China in the quarter-finals, the 32-year-old overcame another seeded player- Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark- in the super series ...

  10. Sport - Tennis

    Roger Federer beats Japan's Kei Nishikori to set up final against Alejandro Falla at Halle

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 12:56am

    ... Associated Press Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov upsets Wawrinka at Queens to set up title decider with Feliciano Lopez Six-time champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open after they won their semifinals on Saturday. Federer fired 10 aces and defeated the fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) as he improved his record at Halle to 45-5. Japan ...




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