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  • Japan start search for new coach
  • 02/07/2010 by PA
  • The Japan Football Association have begun their search for a new national team coach after Takeshi Okada reiterated his intention to step down. The 53-year-old guided the Blue Samurai to their best-ever World Cup performance on foreign soil as they reached the last 16 in South Africa, where they lost 5-3 on penalt View more »
  • Nakamura ends international career
  • 02/07/2010 by PA
  • Shunsuke Nakamura has announced his retirement from international football following Japan's exit from the World Cup. The Blue Samurai reached the last 16 for the first time outside their own country but were denied a place in the quarter-finals as they lost 5-3 on penalties to Paraguay following a goalless draw a View more »
  • World Cup WAGs - Japan
  • 02/07/2010 by 7M.CN
  • Wife of Atsushi Yanagisawa Wife of Daisuke Oku  Wife of  Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi Wife of  Daisuke Matsui  Girlfriend of Makoto Hasebe Wife of  Junichi Inamoto   Wife of  keita suzuki Wife of Shunsuke Nakamura Girlfriend of Koji Nakata  View more »
  • Okada takes blame for Japan exit
  • 30/06/2010 by PA
  • Japan coach Takeshi Okada assumed responsibility for his side's World Cup exit at the hands of Paraguay in what could have been his final game in charge of the Blue Samurai. After an uninspiring 120 minutes of action which produced no goals and only a handful of goalmouth incidents, Paraguay claimed their maiden a View more »
  • Blue Samurai show England how to play with pride in the shirt
  • 30/06/2010 by The Independent
  • While France and England were the despair of their nations, Japan showed how far you could go when you fight to the last bead of sweat Yuichi Komano, a full-back famed for his courage but also the culprit for Japan in yesterday's penalty shoot-out Japan are still in the margins of world football's elite. Indeed, betw View more »
  • Paraguay progress as Japan pay penalty
  • 29/06/2010 by PA
  • Paraguay progressed through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Japan in a penalty shoot-out in Pretoria. With neither side able to make the breakthrough during 120 minutes of precious few goalscoring chances or notable incidents, it needed the first shoot-out of th View more »
  • Okada: Japan building for future
  • 29/06/2010 by FIFA.com
  • Japan coach Takeshi Okada admits it would be "wonderful" news for the sport back home if his side can reach the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals, but insists that must be just another step towards a more long-term goal. The Blue Samurai have the chance to reach the last eight of the FIFA World Cup for the first  View more »
  • Cabanas the inspiration for Paraguay
  • 29/06/2010 by Telegraph.co.uk
  • Paraguay will attempt to reach their first ever World Cup quarter-final inspired by the plight of team-mate Salvador Cabanas, the striker still recovering after being shot in the head in a Mexico City bar in January, according to Sunderland midfielder Cristian Riveros. Though doctors say the 29-year-old has made a  View more »
  • Paraguay VS Japan: Martino keen to strike first blow
  • 29/06/2010 by PA
  • Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino believes the first goal in the last-16 showdown with Japan could prove crucial as both teams look to create history by reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time. With just three goals to their credit, Paraguay were the lowest scorers of any of the eight pool winners View more »
  • Tulio fit for Paraguay clash
  • 28/06/2010 by PA
  • Defender Tulio has declared himself fit for Japan's last 16 clash with Paraguay in Pretoria on Tuesday after recovering from a knock, although coach Takeshi Okada may be tempted to name the same XI that beat Denmark 3-1. Paraguay midfielder Victor Caceres is suspended but Antolin Alcaraz could return after missing View more »
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