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6 hours ago

Germany set dates for friendlies vs. U.S., Australia, Netherlands

The ESPN FC panel respond to Louis van Gaal's comments that a German should win this year's Ballon d'Or.

World champions Germany have confirmed the date and venue for a friendly match against United States next summer as part of their 2015 calendar, the German football association [DFB] has announced.

The 2014 World Cup winners are set to play nine matches in the upcoming year. Besides the six remaining fixtures in their 2016 European Championship qualification campaign, Die Nationalmannschaft have also arranged three friendlies.

On March 25, Joachim Low's side will meet Australia in Kaiserslautern,...

 By John Duerden
5 days ago

Japan's veterans find harmony to sound Asian Cup warning

Midfielder Shinji Kagawa played a vital role in Japan's impressive second half against Australia in Osaka.

After indifferent performances with experimental teams, Japan boss Javier Aguirre decided to get the band back together last Tuesday. A lineup that wouldn't have been out of place at the 2011 Asian Cup final against Australia saw the Samurai Blue again singing from the same songbook and hitting those familiar notes in the second half of a friendly against the same opposition in Osaka. At the end of a 2-1 win, the fact that everything seemed so much better with the old guard in place was a source...

By ESPN Staff
Nov 18, 2014

Aguirre: Australia win perfect preparation

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre congratulated his players on a job well done, after the Asian champions beat Australia 2-1 on Tuesday in Osaka.

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By ESPN Staff
Nov 18, 2014

Postecoglu: Set-pieces let us down

An inability to match Japan at set-pieces was the key factor in Australia's 2-1 friendly defeat in Osaka on Tuesday, according to head coach Angelos Postecoglou.

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By ESPN Staff
Nov 18, 2014

WATCH: nutmeg to back-heel finish

Japan's Masato Morishige hooked up with Shinji Okazaki for a beautiful goal against Australia.

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