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Singapore U23 humbled at home by Japan U22 in SEA Games warm up

Japan U22 striker Shoya Nakajima netted a brace in the 8-1 win over Singapore U23 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Singapore's U23 squad, preparing for June's Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on home soil, were handed a 8-1 thrashing by Japan's U22 side in an international friendly at Singapore's Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday.

Aide Iskandar's charges were eager to show how far they have progressed since their two-week training stint in Turkey earlier this year. But the gap in quality was too big as the visitors dominated the match from start to finish.

After a series of missed chances, Japan broke the deadlock...

 By John Duerden

Japan must choose Aguirre's successor wisely to prove a point

Japan sacked Mexican coach Javier Aguirre on Tuesday due to his ongoing involvement in an investigation into match-fixing in Spain.

Back in 2005, Saburo Kawabuchi, then the president of the Japan Football Association (JFA), pledged that there would be a World Cup win by 2050. Given the strides that have been taken in the past 30 years in the country, it is certainly not impossible that the trophy could end up in Tokyo before the 21st century passes the halfway mark. But while a long-term goal is good to have, there are always going to be twists and setbacks to be dealt with along the way.

This is such a time. JFA House sits on...

Aguirre situation a difficult one to watch

The Japan Football Association (JFA) confirm on Tuesday that coach Javier Aguirre has been sacked over match-fixing allegations.

I would like to do it. I was tempted, I controlled myself, sat on my hands, held my breath and closed my eyes. I want stick my neck out for him. I'm tempted to do it. I want to but can't. I can but don't want to. It's a tricky situation.

There are two things at stake here. The most important thing is his credibility as a person, as a man, and as a father. But also a powered reputation earned on the field as a soccer player and coach and a situation where he could even be put in jail.

My perception...

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Luiz Felipe Scolari, Leonardo contenders for Japan coaching post

Scolari returned to the Mineirao on Thursday but tasted defeat again.
former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari are among a host of candidates to succeed Javier Aguirre as coach of Japan.

Leonardo and former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari are among a host of candidates to succeed Javier Aguirre as coach of Japan, Japanese media are reporting.

Scolari, who won the trophy in 2002, resigned from the Brazil national team position after the 2014 World Cup and has a host of experience with Portugal, Premier League side Chelsea, Bunyodkor...