2018 Schedule

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2018 Schedule
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Japan's Yousuke Ideguchi signs with Leeds (2:02)
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10dJohn Duerden

Okazaki, Kagawa must make peace with coach

Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda will make peace with coach Vahid Halilhodzic, as Japan football thrives in 2018, wishes John Duerden.

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34dMichael Church

S Korea thrash Japan to win East Asian title

South Korea handed fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Japan a brutal 4-1 thrashing in Tokyo on Saturday night to win the 2017 East Asian Championships.

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38dMichael Church

Shoji wonder goal fires Japan over China

Japan made it two wins out of two in the East Asian Championships after Gen Shoji's outrageous strike helped them to a 2-1 win over China on Tuesday.

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Japan eyeing new combinations ahead of World Cup (2:20)
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39dMichael Church

Japan experiment without Kagawa, Honda

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has set his sights on another two wins in the at the East Asian Championship, despite the absence of Europe-based stars.

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40dJohn Duerden

Ideguchi ready to leave Japan to join Leeds

Japan's Yosuke Ideguchi scored the winner vs. North Korea in the East Asian Championships, and then told reporters he was ready to join Leeds United.

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41dMichael Church

Ideguchi helps Japan edge North Korea

Japan scored a late 1-0 win over North Korea after China and South Korea played out a 2-2 draw on the opening day of the Esat Asian Championships.

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48dJohn Duerden

Mat Ryan with something to prove

Mat Ryan had a tough experience at the World Cup last time out and has something to prove, while Japan will be content with their 2018 draw.

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48dMichael Church

Iran boss Queiroz eyes Portugal WC clash

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz will need to take on his home nation Portugal and former player Cristiano Ronaldo after the draw for Russia 2018 on Friday.

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Group H - Most open group at World Cup? (1:58)
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Will Mooy edge Son, Kagawa at AFC awards? (1:52)
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57dMichael Church

ACL final: Al Hilal lose Eduardo vs. Urawa

A knee injury has ruled out Al Hilal midfielder Carlos Eduardo from the second leg of the AFC Champions League final against Urawa Reds on Saturday.

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61dAssociated Press

Mooy, Son, Kagawa lead Asia awards list

Mooy was a leading figure in Australia's qualification for the World Cup and Huddersfield's promotion to the Premier League last season.

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63dMichael Church

Urawa eye ACL final win at Al Hilal

Urawa Reds hope to take a stride towards ending a 10-year continental title drought in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final vs. Al Hilal.

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65dIan Holyman

Belgium vs. Japan delayed by terror threat

Belgium's friendly game against with Japan in Bruges on Wednesday was almost called off due to a terrorist threat.

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70dESPN staff

Brazil ease to win over Japan in friendly

Neymar scored from the spot on Friday to help Brazil start their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan in a friendly.

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77dJohn Duerden

Kagawa vows to fight hard for Japan recall

Borussia Dortmund attacker Shinji Kagawa has vowed to secure his place in the Japan World Cup squad after being dropped for two November friendlies.

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79dJohn Duerden

Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki dropped by Japan

Veterans Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda have been dropped from Japan's squad for two upcoming friendlies.

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84dMichael Church

Kagawa's enduring link to Man United's Mata

Shinji Kagawa follows his ex-Man United teammate Juan Mata into the Common Goal charity, just as he re-finds his best form for Borussia Dortmund.

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109dMichael Church

Five best World Cup playoffs

Ahead of Australia's AFC World Cup playoff against Syria, Michael Church looks back at five memorable showdowns involving Asian sides.

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128dJohn Duerden

Thai skipper Theerathon linked to Japan

Thailand captain Theerathon Bunmathan is being chased by Cerezo Osaka, according to reports, and could join teammate Chanathip Songkrasin in Japan.

RankingsInternational Friendly

Goal Difference-2Tied-111th
Goals Scored7Tied-44th
Assists5Tied-15th
Goals Conceded9Tied-131st