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Javier Aguirre will discuss match-fixing allegations with media before Dec. 29

Javier Aguirre will retain his post as the national coach amid allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain.

Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference before Dec. 29 to discuss Spain's match-fixing allegations against him, the Japan Football Association said on Monday.

The precise date of the conference was not given, but Japan and Spanish media reported that it would be held prior to the team's Dec. 29 training sessions for the Asian Cup. Aguirre has not spoken about the match-fixing allegations since they were made public on Dec. 15.

JFA technical director Hiromi Hara said he wanted to hold the conference...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Japan to retain Javier Aguirre for Asian Cup despite match-fixing allegations

The Japan Football Association is standing behind national team coach Javier Aguirre, who reportedly is being investigated for match-fixing in Spain.

Japan say they will keep coach Javier Aguirre at his post for next month's Asian Cup, despite the former Mexico coach's alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal, AFP reports.

Aguirre is due to appear in a Valencia court in February as part of a probe into match-fixing allegations dating back to 2011 when he was manager of Spanish side Real Zaragoza.

Prosecutors in Spain claim that Aguirre and 40 others were involved in rigging a league match which saw Zaragoza defeat Levante 2-1 to avoid relegation.


 By PA Sport

AFC wants Asian Cup security assurances after Sydney siege

Asian Cup
The 2015 Asian Cup begins in January in Australia.

Asian football chiefs have expressed "serious concerns'' over safety at next month's Asian Cup in Australia following the siege in Sydney and asked the hosts to increase security measures.

The competition is being held at five venues across Australia from January 9-31 involving 16 countries.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has offered its condolences to those affected by the Sydney siege but has called for reassurances from Australia.

AFC general secretary Dato' Alex Soosay said in a statement:...

Japan boss Javier Aguirre names experienced squad for AFC Asian Cup

Javier Aguirre took charge of Japan in July.

TOKYO -- Japan coach Javier Aguirre opted for experience on Monday when he named his 23-man squad for next month's AFC Asian Cup, where the defending champions will be bidding for a record fifth title.

Aguirre named Europe-based regulars including Keisuke Honda of AC Milan, Shinji Okazaki of Mainz and Shinji Kagawa of Borussia Dortmund for the tournament in Australia which takes place from Jan. 9-31.

Aguirre selected Hannover midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake for the first time since taking over as Japan...

 By John Duerden

A look at a very encouraging 2014 for North Korea

North Korea are still trying to recapture glory from 1966, when Pak Doo Ik scored a winner against Italy in the World Cup.

Second is nowhere, they say, but with three final appearances at various Asian youth championships in the space of a month in 2014, football in North Korea is going somewhere. It's just a question of how far and how fast.

All teams from the other side of the 38th Parallel measure themselves against the North Korea team that defeated Italy 1-0 in the 1966 World Cup, still one of the greatest shocks in football history. Now though, there are new names that could, one day, rank alongside that of Middlesbrough...