AFC Asian Cup
The head of the Japan Football Association says JavierAguirre will continue as coach of the national team despite elimination from the Asian Cup at the quarterfinal stage and ongoing investigations into his alleged involvement in match-fixing.
Four-time champions Japan were eliminated by the United Arab Emirates from the Asian Cup on Friday, losing in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw.
In the buildup to the tournament, Aguirre -- a former coach in La Liga -- become embroiled in a match-fixing...
Japan coach Javier Aguirre said his team were knocked out of the Asian Cup by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Friday's quarterfinal in Sydney because they did not score more than one goal in regular time despite dominating possession.
Japan's European club superstars -- Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and AC Milan winger Keisuke Honda -- missed in the shootout as the UAE won 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 following 90 minutes of regular time and 30 minutes of extra time.