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 By John Duerden
2 days ago

South Korea, Australia and Japan have Asian Cup questions to answer

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre has one eye on the Asia Cup as they prepare for their international friendly against Brazil.

The Asian Cup is less than three months away, but some of the favourites for that tournament are very much in transitional stages. Too much can be read into results and performances, but as time to kickoff ticks down, some of their concerns need to be addressed.

Those issues have more weight on the heels of a World Cup that for Asia was, well, terrible. That tournament will loom large in the collective continental consciousness for years to come. Costa Rica collected more points than the three...

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

What's gone wrong with Japan?

ESPN FC's John Wilkinson and Jason Dasey break down Japan's recent thrashing by Brazil.

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By ESPN Staff
6 days ago

ESPN FC Extra Time: Neymar bags four

The FC crew talks about Neymar's standout performance against Japan in this edition of Extra Time.

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6 days ago

Dunga says Japan victory proves Brazil headed in right direction

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre has one eye on the Asia Cup as they prepare for their international friendly against Brazil.

Brazil coach Dunga said he was happy with the team's rebuilding process after the Selecao's fourth straight victory under the former defensive midfielder.

Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in China on Saturday in Beijing while Neymar scored all four goals on Tuesday -- and hit the post once -- in a 4-0 friendly rout of Japan at the National Stadium in Singapore.

"This match proved that we are going the right way," Dunga said. "The Argentina game also proved that our direction is right. They are the World...

 By John Duerden
6 days ago

Japan and Aguirre taught tough lessons as Neymar dazzles for Brazil

Japan head coach Javier Aguirre has one eye on the Asia Cup as they prepare for their international friendly against Brazil.
Neymar scored all four of Brazil's goals against Japan.

It was not a great night for Japan in Singapore as Javier Aguirre's side were beaten 4-0 on Tuesday. Below are five things the Asian champions learnt against Neymar and co.

1. Aguirre gambled but was left leaderless

It was hardly a surprise that much of the local media's attention was focused on the five-time world champions and the talented Neymar, who scored all four goals; that's just the way it is. With the concussion suffered by Shinji Kagawa in a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on...