Honda helps Cambodia advance in WCup qualifying
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former Japan international Keisuke Honda led Cambodia into the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Tuesday and a possible meeting with his...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup got underway in Asia on Thursday, with Mongolia and Macau among the teams earning first-leg wins in the preliminary...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The first steps on the road to the next World Cup were taken on Wednesday when the Asian Football Confederation held a draw for the first round of qualifying for...
Keisuke Honda out for a month with hamstring injury
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Keisuke Honda will be out of the Melbourne Victory lineup for a month after scans revealed the Japanese star has a strained right hamstring.
Victory on Thursday said Honda's injury resulted from previous issues with his lower back. He was a late withdrawal from A-League matches for the past two weeks, but after consulting specialists, he returned to training in a bid to face Western Sydney on Saturday.
But the 32-year-old midfielder sustained a fresh injury on Tuesday.
Japan star Honda’s soccer passion showing in Australia
Not long after Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda joined the Melbourne Victory, he mentioned at the A-League season launch that "I've made people disappointed, I've made people happy ... I don't have any magic."
Seven games into the season, the 32-year Honda is providing plenty of spark and experience for the second-place Victory, and, despite his comments, a bit of magic and passion for his team and A-League fans.
Honda scores as Melbourne Victory beat Sydney in A-League
SYDNEY (AP) — Japan star Keisuke Honda scored from the penalty spot Sunday to give the Melbourne Victory a 2-1 win over Sydney FC in a meeting of the glamor clubs in Australian football's A-League.
Jop Van Der Linden brought down Honda in the 71st minute and the former AC Milan star converted the resulting penalty for his third goal in five A-League matches this season.
Ola Toivonen to join Melbourne Victory
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A-League champions Melbourne Victory have signed Sweden striker Ola Toivonen on a two-year deal from French club Toulouse.
The 32-year-old World Cup quarter-finalist is reported to have made a handshake agreement with Melbourne and will fly to Australia in the next fortnight to finalize contract details. Toulouse on Thursday announced Toivonen's imminent departure and destination.
Honda put off retirement to sign A-League deal
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Japan star Keisuke Honda says he planned to retire after this year's World Cup but changed his mind when offered a contract by the Melbourne Victory in Australian football's A-League.
Already retired from international football, 32-year-old Honda said he intended to end his playing career before coach Kevin Muscat lured him to the Victory on a one-year contract worth a reported $2.9 million.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Japan star Keisuke Honda has signed for Melbourne Victory as a marquee player for the club in the 2018-19 Australian A-League season.
The Victory confirmed the signing Monday, making the 32-year-old Japanese international the club's biggest signing in its 13-year history.
Honda told Fox Sports he was excited about the challenge of moving to Australia.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has confirmed his club is interested in signing Japan international Keisuke Honda to a marquee deal in Australia's A-League.
The 32-year-old Honda retired from international football after the World Cup in Russia and has been in talks since with the Victory, who are A-League champions.
In a radio interview Monday, Muscat said he couldn't comment on any aspect of negotiations with Honda but added "you can read between the lines."
Fernando Torres signs to play in J1 League
TOSU, Japan (AP) — Former Spain striker Fernando Torres signed to play for Sagan Tosu in the J1 League on Tuesday, dashing the hopes of Australian football that he might become a marquee attraction for its struggling A-League.
The 34-year-old Torres held discussions with Football Federation Australia and officials of A-League glamor club Sydney FC, raising hopes he might add some star power to the A-League which has seen flagging attendances and TV ratings.
Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic.
The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the trust and communication issues swirling around the team.
While Halilhodzic secured qualification for Russia with a game to spare, Japan was not always convincing.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan coach Akira Nishino is relying heavily on veteran players with previous World Cup experience in his 23-man squad for the tournament.
Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki were among almost a dozen named Thursday who represented Japan four years ago in Brazil when the country failed to advance from the group stage.
TOKYO (AP) — New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa on Friday to Japan's squad for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama.
Japan is expected to name its final 23-man squad for the World Cup on May 31, several days ahead of the June 4 deadline.
The two had struggled to make the team under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But Nishino made it clear they are critical.
While established players like Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda should play a big role for Japan at the World Cup, coach Vahid Halilhodzic has indicated that many spots remain open and it's time for the next generation to step up.
Halilhodzic named a 26-man roster for friendlies against Mali on March 23 and Ukraine on March 27 and there were a few surprises.
Honda returns to Japan squad for March friendlies
TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda was among 26 players named by Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Thursday for two friendlies against Mali and Ukraine at the end of March.
Honda, who hasn't played for Japan since September's World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, has four goals in 11 games for Mexican side Pachuca this season.
Japan takes on Mali on March 23 and Ukraine on March 27. Both games will be held at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liege, Belgium.
Honda among 27 Japan players named for World Cup qualifiers
TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda is among 27 players named to Japan's squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be counting on the experience of the veteran playmaker who scored in his debut for Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday.
Keisuke Honda says he will leave AC Milan
MILAN (AP) — Looking to regain his place on Japan's national team, Keisuke Honda says he will leave AC Milan when the Serie A season ends next weekend.
After scoring with a free kick in Milan's 3-0 win over Bologna on Sunday, Honda posted on Twitter in Italian: "Dear Milanisti, thank you. Thank you for these 3 1/2 years which were a constant challenge but which permitted me to improve as a man."