2018 Schedule

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2018 Schedule
0-0-0, 4th in FIFA World Cup
World Cup Predictor: Group H takes centre stage (2:30)
Destination Russia: Japan (1:00)

Japan claim first win of 2018 vs. Paraguay

Japan claimed their first victory of the year on Tuesday, coming from behind to beat Paraguay 4-2 and boost morale a week before their opener.

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13dJohn Duerden

Japan heading for World Cup disaster?

A late change in coach, a poor run of form and a serious lack of confidence has many Japan fans worried about the 2018 World Cup.

Group H: Poland's crest and Senegal's nickname (3:37)
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20dKweséESPN Reporter

Ghana defeat World Cup-bound Japan 2-0

The Black Stars defeated the Asian heavyweights 2-0 with goals from Thomas Partey and debutant Emmanuel Boateng.

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31dAssociated Press

Japan name Honda, Kagawa in preliminary squad

New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa to Japan's squad on Friday for a friendly on May 30 against Ghana.

32 teams in 32 days: Japan (0:30)
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Honda, Iniesta on A-League marquee list

Japanese star Keisuke Honda is on a shortlist of six players in the sights of the FFA as it looks to inject the A-League with some marquee magic.

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67dIan Holyman

Halilhodzic: 'I didn't deserve' Japan sacking

Vahid Halilhodzic cannot get over his sacking by Japan with just over two months to go until the start of the World Cup, he has told Goal Croatia.

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70dJohn Duerden

Akira Nishino tasked with getting Japan right

Japan decided to sack Vahid Halilhodzic two months before heading to Russia, giving Akira Nishino little time to turn around their lacklustre form.

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75dJohn Duerden

Japan struggling ahead of the World Cup

With just three wins in nine friendly games, Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has a number of headaches to deal with ahead of the World Cup.

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90dJohn Duerden

How are Asia's teams preparing for World Cup?

All five Asian World Cup participants are busy in this international break. ESPN FC takes a look at where they all stand as Russia 2018 gets closer.

Japan's Yousuke Ideguchi signs with Leeds (2:02)
160dJohn 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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185dMichael 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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189dMichael 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.

RankingsFIFA World Cup

Goal Difference0Tied-12th
Goals Scored0Tied-20th
Goals Conceded0Tied-1st