Focus: Soccer: Halilhodzic's Bold Decisions Keep Japan On Track For Russia

FOCUS: Soccer: Halilhodzic's bold decisions keep Japan on track for Russia

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic entered the press conference room for his post-match interviews, soaked up a rare round of applause from the Japanese press, bowed deeply and savored the moment. He deserved nothing less.

The Franco-Bosnian tactician's decision to take some seemingly sizeable risks paid rich dividends on Thursday as Japan stayed on course for a place in the World Cup finals thanks to a 2-0 win away to the United Arab Emirates in the final round of Asian qualifying.

Soccer: Halilhodzic Trusts Bunch Pioneers Will Wander Up Against Uae

Soccer: Halilhodzic trusts aggregate pioneers will wander up against UAE

Japan tutor Vahid Halilhodzic is certain his players can crush the loss of captain Makoto Hasebe for Thursday's basic World Cup qualifier away to the United Arab Emirates.

But the Franco-Bosnian coach declined to reveal who may take the skipper's armband when his side go searching for requital for their questionable 2-1 adversity to the UAE at home in their opening match in the last round in September.

Soccer: Kazuyoshi Miura Breaks Own Record As J-league Oldest Scorer

Soccer: Kazuyoshi Miura breaks own record as J-League oldest scorerKazuyoshi Miura scored his first goal of the season on Sunday to break his own record as the J-League's oldest scorer at the age of 50.
Miura, who plays for second division side Yokohama FC, scored the only goal in the 40th minute of his team's 1-0 win over Thespa Kusatsu.

Miura Surpasses Soccer Great Matthews' Longevity Milestone

Miura surpasses soccer great Matthews' longevity milestoneAging Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura has reached another milestone in his professional career.
The veteran striker, who plays for J-League second division club Yokohama, appeared in a professional match at the age of 50 years and 7 days to beat former England international Stanley Matthews' longevity record.

Soccer: Hasebe Sets Japan Record For Bundesliga Appearances

Soccer: Hasebe sets Japan record for Bundesliga appearancesJapan midfielder Makoto Hasebe rewrote a record for the most Bundesliga appearances by a Japanese player when he took the pitch for his 235th match in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 loss to Freiburg at home on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Hasebe went one better than Yasuhiko Okudera who held the previous record, though the celebratory mood faded fast as the club wasted an early lead won through Sweden striker Branimir Hrgota after 11 minutes and suffered their fourth straight defeat.

Acura Named Jersey Sponsor Of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew Sc

Acura Named Jersey Sponsor of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew SCAcura will serve as the Official Jersey Sponsor and Official Automotive Partner of Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew SC. The announcement was made today at the home of Crew SC, MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, alongside five Acura vehicles built in Ohio: the Acura NSX, ILX, TLX, RDX and, joining the made in Ohio lineup this spring, the MDX. The Acura sponsorship of Crew SC is a first-of-its–kind, exclusive partnership for the brand, and the single largest annual business deal in the club's history.

Soccer: Gamba Hammer Jdt To Book Spot In Acl Group Stage

Soccer: Gamba hammer JDT to book spot in ACL group stageGamba Osaka cruised past Johor Darul Ta'zim 3-0 in an Asian Champions League playoff to qualify for the group phase on Tuesday.
Kenta Hasegawa's men got their season underway with a comfortable win at Suita Stadium, where Admilson and Shun Nagasawa struck in a space of three first-half minutes.

Soccer: Kiyotake To Build On European Experience With Cerezo

Soccer: Kiyotake to build on European experience with CerezoHiroshi Kiyotake hopes the lessons he learned in Europe will help him win a title with Cerezo Osaka as the Japan midfielder returns to the J-League after a four-and-a-half year absence.
"I learned the mentality and attitude to fight," Kiyotake said Sunday, a day after joining Cerezo for preseason training camp. "I had to take a hard look at myself as a footballer, and that may have been the best thing to happen to me."

Soccer: Osako Bags Brace In Cologne's Romp Against Darmstadt

Soccer: Osako bags brace in Cologne's romp against DarmstadtYuya Osako struck twice during Cologne's 6-1 win away to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Japan forward headed in Cologne's second in the 36th minute before making it a 4-1 game after 72 minutes, burying a shot into the bottom corner from outside the box for his first league brace.

Soccer: Real Madrid Arrives In Japan To Contest Club World Cup

Soccer: Real Madrid arrives in Japan to contest Club World CupHundreds of Japanese fans showed up at the crack of dawn to greet Real Madrid as they arrived in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup.
Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the European champions arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m. and were met by about 300 fans at Tokyo's Haneda airport before boarding a team bus.

Soccer: Kanazaki Header Sends Kashima Into Final Vs Urawa

Soccer: Kanazaki header sends Kashima into final vs UrawaMu Kanazaki's second-half goal proved to be the difference as Kashima Antlers reached the J-League championship playoff final with a 1-0 win at Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday.
Kashima will face Urawa Reds in the home-and-away final on Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. Urawa had an automatic place in the final as the team with the most points in the overall standings.