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Japan

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ander Herrera, Gabi, Javier Aguirre 'among 41 named in match-fixing case'

Herrera moved to Bilbao from Zaragoza in 2011 before joining united this summer.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi and Japan coach Javier Aguirre have all been named as defendants by Spanish prosecutors in an alleged case of match-fixing involving a game in La Liga in the 2010-11 season.

Reuters reports that Spain's anti-corruption prosecutor, Alejandro Luzon, filed the case on Monday following an investigation into Real Zaragoza's vital 2-1 victory at Levante on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign -- a result that saw Zaragoza stay in...

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Javier Aguirre 'angry over match-fixing allegations,' says Japan lawyer

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

Japan coach Javier Aguirre has claimed his innocence over La Liga match-fixing allegations, according to a Japan Football Association lawyer, Agence France-Presse reports.

"He told me he was very angry, and that he has never done such a thing as a professional football coach," JFA lead attorney Yutaka Miyoshi told a news conference on Thursday, after a two-hour meeting with Aguirre.

According to media reports in Spain, Aguirre and nearly 30 others are suspected of fixing a Levante-Zaragoza league...

By ESPN Staff
Dec 4, 2014

JFA back Aguirre over match-fixing reports

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

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Japan Football Association back Javier Aguirre over Liga match-fixing reports

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

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

According to Spanish media reports, authorities in Spain are moving to prosecute Aguirre and some 30 others on suspicion of fixing a La Liga game against Levante, when he managed Zaragoza in May 2011.

JFA chairman Kuniya Daini said: "[Aguirre] himself says it's not a problem and there's nothing we can do but believe him."

Aguirre returned to...