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Melbourne Victory sign Japan striker Honda

The 32-year-old, who is expected to arrive in Melbourne next week, shapes as the new focal point in a retooled attack for the defending champions.

14dJohn Duerden, Asia correspondent

Honda eyes Melbourne move, Olympics place

Honda, 32, announced his retirement from the national team last month after playing at his third World Cup and helping Japan reach the second round.


Newcastle sign Muto, but Benitez 'concerned'

Newcastle United have signed Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz on a four-year contract, the Premier League side announced on Thursday.

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Newcastle to sign Japan star Muto from Mainz

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto is set to join Newcastle United from Mainz after the clubs struck a deal and the player agreed terms and had a medical.

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27dJohn Duerden, Asia correspondent

Wenger not in contention for Japan role

Wenger spent time in Japan before moving to Arsenal in 1996, but the national body is looking to hire a domestic manager.

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40dJohn Duerden

AFC teams exit Russia, look to January's Asian Cup

John Duerden takes a look at lessons all the AFC nations learned from the 2018 World Cup and what needs to be done in the coming weeks and months.

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Belgium's improbable comeback in photos

Belgium trailed Japan 2-0 after 52 minutes, sparking an improbable comeback topped off by a 94th-minute match-winning counterattack.

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Chadli late show sees Belgium past Japan

Nacer Chadli scored deep into second-half stoppage time to complete Belgium's 3-2 comeback win against Japan in the World Cup.

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Senegal ask FIFA to reconsider fair play ruling

"FIFA has adopted a new system but does the fair play rule solve all the problems? After the game, nothing happened to either Japan or Poland."

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Belgium's Lukaku 'fully fit' to face Japan

Romelu Lukaku is fully fit after injuring an ankle in last weekend's win over Tunisia and should be available for Belgium against Japan.

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World Cup fan faces in photos

The World Cup has been superb on the pitch but equally brilliant off it thanks to the rich, vibrant and merry travelling fans who came to party.

RankingsFIFA World Cup

Goal Difference-1Tied-18th
Goals Scored6Tied-9th
Goals Conceded7Tied-25th