Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in Asian World Cup qualifier
Bhutan praying for dream Japan tie in Asian World Cup qualifier

When the second round draw for Asian World Cup qualifying takes place in Kuala Lumpur next week, fans, players and officials in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will be praying for one outcome.

Japan subs sink Tunisia in first game under Vahid Halilhodzic
Japan subs sink Tunisia in first game under Vahid Halilhodzic

Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda came off the bench to score quickfire goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in their first outing under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Non-selection spells Yasuhito Endo the line for Japan stalwart
Non-selection spells Yasuhito Endo the line for Japan stalwart

New coach Vahid Halilhodzic all but ended the international career of Yasuhito Endo by leaving the Samurai Blue`s most-capped player out of his bloated first squad for the March friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

AC Milan labour to goalless draw with Chievo
AC Milan labour to goalless draw with Chievo

AC Milan could only labour a goalless draw with Chievo in Serie A action on Saturday, leaving them ninth in the table, three off a potential European qualifying spot.

UAE shock Japan on penalties at Asian Cup, enter semis
UAE shock Japan on penalties at Asian Cup, enter semis

Japan were sent crashing out of the Asian Cup on Friday as the United Arab Emirates shocked the defending champions 5-4 on penalties after a pulsating quarter-final.

Asian Cup: Keisuke Honda`s ref rant correct, says Japan captain
Asian Cup: Keisuke Honda`s ref rant correct, says Japan captain

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe on Monday stood by team-mate Keisuke Honda after the AC Milan midfielder was fined for criticising the standard of refereeing at the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup: Ref rage proves costly for Honda, Queiroz
Asian Cup: Ref rage proves costly for Honda, Queiroz

Japan`s star playmaker Keisuke Honda and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz have been hit with thousands of dollars in fines for criticising referees in outbursts at the Asian Cup.

Wasteful Japan edge out Iraq at Asian Cup
Wasteful Japan edge out Iraq at Asian Cup

Keisuke Honda converted a penalty to make amends for hitting the post three times as a wasteful Japan held on to beat Iraq 1-0 in their Asian Cup Group D match on Friday.

`Rottweiler` Queiroz muzzled over Asian Cup referees
`Rottweiler` Queiroz muzzled over Asian Cup referees

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz bit his tongue about Asian Cup referees on Wednesday under the watchful eye of tournament organisers following his outburst earlier this week.

`Not impossible` to reach Cristiano Ronaldo level, says Keisuke Honda
`Not impossible` to reach Cristiano Ronaldo level, says Keisuke Honda

Japan`s Keisuke Honda has become the latest player to aspire to the lofty heights of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at an Asian Cup seemingly full of them.

Japan`s Keisuke Honda rips into Asian Cup referees
Japan`s Keisuke Honda rips into Asian Cup referees

Japan`s Keisuke Honda tore into the standard of officiating at the Asian Cup after the defending champions overpowered Palestine 4-0 in their opening game on Monday.

Hasebe wants Japan to win back fans after World Cup woes
Hasebe wants Japan to win back fans after World Cup woes

The Asian Cup represents an excellent opportunity for Japan to win back the fans they let down with a dismal World Cup display last year but claiming a fifth title will not be easy, captain Makoto Hasebe said on Friday.

AC Milan will be great again, promises Filippo Inzaghi
AC Milan will be great again, promises Filippo Inzaghi

Filippo Inzaghi has promised that seven-times European champions AC Milan will break away from their midtable mediocrity and become great again.

Spectacular Rafael Marques own goal sets up AC Milan win
Spectacular Rafael Marques own goal sets up AC Milan win

 A spectacular own goal by Brazilian defender Rafael Marques, followed by a Keisuke Honda brace gave AC Milan a 3-1 win at Verona in Serie A on Sunday.

Brazil's Samba Boys set for Singapore sand
Brazil's Samba Boys set for Singapore sand

Singapore`s plan to boost its international profile by staging a glamour football friendly between Brazil and Japan could backfire due to the appalling state of the playing surface at the centrepiece of the city-state`s $1 billion Sports Hub.

Fernando Torres, Keisuke Honda rescue point for AC Milan at Empoli
Fernando Torres, Keisuke Honda rescue point for AC Milan at Empoli

Spaniard Fernando Torres scored his maiden goal for AC Milan on his full Serie A debut to help spark the fightback in a 2-2 draw away to Empoli on Tuesday.

Filippo Inzhagi era at AC Milan opens with 3-1 win
Filippo Inzhagi era at AC Milan opens with 3-1 win

Filippo Inzaghi got his tenure as AC Milan coach off to the best possible start with a scintillating 3-1 victory over Lazio at the San Siro on Sunday.

Honda `gutted` over Japan lack of ideas

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda slammed the team`s lack of creative spark following Thursday`s 0-0 World Cup draw with Greece, which left them on the brink of elimination.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan vs Greece - Preview

After losing their Group C openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on Thursday.

Japan must play to strengths, says Honda

Japan talisman Keisuke Honda said Monday the side must try to dominate possession if they are to keep their World Cup hopes alive after a defeat in their Group C opener.