FIFA World Cup 2018: Defender Gotoku Sakai becomes third Japanese player to retire after elimination from tournament
Japanese defender Gotoku Sakai has become the third player to retire after Japan's heart-breaking late defeat against Belgium eliminated them from the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan FA chief says Akira Nishino will step down as coach; blasts critics after team's return from Russia
JFA president Kozo Tashima told a news conference that caretaker boss Akira Nishino would not continue in the role after steering Japan to the knockout stages in Russia.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan have blueprint for future, says Keisuke Honda after painful end to tournament
Keisuke Honda said his country had a blueprint for the future despite being knocked out of the World Cup in painful fashion by Belgium on Monday.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan coach Akira Nishino describes Belgium defeat as 'tragedy', expresses disappointment
Japan coach Akira Nishino admitted his desperate disappointment after seeing the Blue Samurai bow out of the World Cup in an agonising 3-2 defeat against Belgium on Monday in the last 16.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Senegal Football Federation asks organising body to reconsider Fair Play after being eliminated
The Senegal football federation has appealed to FIFA over the use of Fair Play in group stage matches to separate teams tied on points, citing Japan's decision to go for a loss as an example of how it can be used negatively.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan have 'spirit and mentality' to reach last eight, says coach Akira Nishino
Japan have the spirit and mentality to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history, coach Akira Nishino said on Sunday ahead of his side's last-16 clash against Belgium.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan coach Akira Nishino says he asked his players to back off towards the end against Poland
Japan coach Akira Nishino said he was "forced" to tell his players to down tools towards the end of their World Cup match against Poland, to secure last 16 qualification.
Osako's 73rd-minute winner meant the Japanese avenged their 4-1 mauling in the group stages of Brazil 2014 as Colombia played with a man down for 86 minutes in Saransk.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Akira Nishino replaces Vahid Halilhodzic as Japan coach with showpiece event only 2 months away
Nishino, who spent 10 seasons in charge of Gamba Osaka and became the JFA’s technical director in 2016, will have little time to prepare for the tournament in Russia, where Japan are drawn in Group H alongside Colombia, Poland and Senegal.