Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Sanfrecce Hiroshima Sun, 16 May 2021 13:22:27 +1000 Tribal Football <![CDATA[Takuma Asano admits reluctancy in joining Arsenal]]> <p>Arsenal recruit Takuma Asano admits he was at first hesitant when he was offered a contract by Arsenal.</p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:17:17 +1000 <![CDATA[Western Sydney, Guangzhou Evergrande through to ACL quarters]]> <p>The Round of 16 second legs of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.<p>Eight teams have made it through to the quarter-finals with just one of those coming from behind after a first leg defeat.<p>That side is A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers who have progressed to the final eight in their first-ever campaign in Asia.<p>The Wanderers lost 3-1 to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan last week but managed to turn the tide on the J.League outfit by winning 2-0 in Parramatta to go through on away goals. Second-half goals from Shannon Cole and Brendon Santalab saw Tony Popovic's men overcome the visitors and book their spot in the quarters.<p>Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande were beaten 1-0 by Cerezo Osaka in China but were easily through after hammering the Japanese side 5-1 last week, keeping alive their hopes of defending their title.<p>Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan scored twice as UAE club Al-Ain beat league rivals Al-Jazira 2-1 to progress 4-2 on aggregate as Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad beat domestic adversaries Al-Shabab 3-1 in Riyadh to win 4-1 on aggregate.<p>Pohang Steelers kept their noses ahead of K-League opponents Jeonbuk Hyundai to win 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-0 triumph in Pohang as FC Seoul escaped elimination at the hands of Kawasaki Frontale despite losing 2-1 at home. The Korean giants managed to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate.<p>Qatar's Al-Sadd are into the elite eight thanks to their 2-2 draw with Iran's Foolad which gave them an away goal victory while Al-Hilal gave Saudi Arabia another representative when they beat Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor 3-0 in Riyadh to win 4-0 on aggregate.<p>The dates for the quarter-finals will be August 19 and 26 for the West Asia zone and August 20 and 27 for the East Asia zone.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 15 May 2014 04:30:09 +1000 <![CDATA[Inter and Man Utd aces, Milan playmaker, Mainz star in Japan squad]]> <p>Alberto Zaccheroni has named a strong Japan squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.<p>The Italian tactician has called together a 23-man roster for a pre-tournament training camp as they prepare for their opening World Cup fixture against the Ivory Coast in Recife on June 14.<p>Prior to that, however, the Blue Samurai will meet Cyprus, Costa Rica and Zambia in friendlies for which they will have the below 23 players to choose from.<p>Inter Milan's Yuto Nagatomo, AC Milan's Keisuke Honda, FC Nurnberg's Makoto Hasebe, Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki are among the 12 European-based representatives while there are 11 players from the J.League also present.<p>Zaccheroni told "It was a struggle to get the list down to 23. I wanted to call up (FIFA president) Sepp Blatter and ask him to let me pick more.<p>"But this group of players knows how I want them to play tactically and understands the team ethic.<p>"We need to make sure our conditioning is perfect. I don't wish to make concrete predictions, and if we lose we'll take it on the chin. But if we play to our potential we have a chance. We're positive. Let's see how far it takes us."<p>23-man Japan squad for World Cup<p>Goalkeepers<p>Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege/BEL)Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds)Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)<p>Defenders<p>Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka)Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata)Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan/ITA)Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo)Atsuto Uchida (Schalke/GER)Maya Yoshida (Southampton/ENG)Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96/GER)Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart/GER)<p>Midfielders<p>Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka)Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg/GER)Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)Keisuke Honda (AC Milan/ITA)Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United/ENG)<p>Forwards<p>Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale)Shinji Okazaki (Mainz/GER)Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg/GER)Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka)Manabu Saito (Yokohama F-Marinos)Yuya Osako (1860 Munich/GER)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Tue, 13 May 2014 05:46:00 +1000 <![CDATA[Popovic has confidence in Western Sydney's home form]]> <p>Western Sydney Wanderers head coach Tony Popovic is supremely confident that his side can pull off a come-from-behind victory in the Asian Champions League.<p>The A-League side were beaten 3-1 by Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan last week in the Round of 16 first leg but get the chance to hit back when they host the J.League outfit in Parramatta on Wednesday.<p>Popovic, who guided the Wanderers to the A-League Grand Final for a second successive season, believes his side's form in front of their home crowd will lead them into the quarter-finals of Asia's premier club competition.<p>"We've got the away goal we wanted, which is important. It was just unfortunate and a little bit disappointing for us that we conceded very soft goal right at the end of the game," said Popovic last week.<p>"I think 2-1 would have been a good result for us going back home. This makes it more difficult for us, but we have a good record back home in front of our fans. We still believe we can go through."<p>This season, in all competitions, the Wanderers have lost just three times in 17 outings at home which has them in a strong position ahead of the visit of Sanfrecce.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Mon, 12 May 2014 04:05:18 +1000 <![CDATA[Leverkusen ace Son, Sunderland's Ki in South Korea squad]]> <p>Hong Myung-bo has named has named his 23-man Korea Republic squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.<p>Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-min has been included in a roster containing nine players based in Europe, six from the K-League, four from Japan's top flight the J.League, three from China and one from Saudi Arabia.<p>Also present in the Taeguk Warriors squad for Brazil 2014 is Sunderland midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, Mainz midfielder Koo Ja-cheol, Augsburg striker Ji Dong-won and Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong.<p>South Korea have been drawn in Group H alongside Belgium, Algeria and Russia with their first group stage fixture scheduled for June 17 against Russia in Cuiaba.<p>South Korean squad for World Cup<p>Goalkeepers<p>Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings, South Korea)Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan, South Korea)Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark, South Korea)<p>Defenders<p>Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata, Japan)Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande, China)Yoon Suk-young (QPR, England)Hwang Seok-ho (Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Japan)Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg, Germany)Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia)Lee Yong (Ulsan, South Korea)Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan)<p>Midfielders<p>Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland, England)Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan, China)Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol, Japan)Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F, China)Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City, England)Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers, England)Ji Dong-won (Augsburg, Germany)Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)<p>Forwards<p>Koo Ja-cheol (Mainz, Germany)Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu, South Korea)Park Chu-young (Watford, England)Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan, South Korea)<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Fri, 09 May 2014 04:11:50 +1000 <![CDATA[Hiroshima downs Western Sydney as Seoul edges Kawasaki]]> <p>The second lot of Round of 16 fixtures for the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Wednesday night.<p>In Japan, Sanfrecce Hiroshima accounted for A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers by winning 3-1 at the Hiroshima Big Arch.<p>A brace from Naoki Ishihara and a late effort from Kosei Shibasaki far outweighed Tomi Juric's 78th-minute penalty as the J.League side get set to take a commanding lead to Australia next week.<p>South Korea giants FC Seoul have given themselves every conceivable chance of progressing to the quarter-finals by defeating Japan's Kawasaki Frontale 3-2.<p>Seoul levelled twice after trailing in Kawasaki but an injury-time winner from Yun Il-lok will allow the Koreans to take a slight advantage into the return leg.<p>In Tashkent, Uzbek side Bunyodkor were edged out by Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal who required a 38th-minute goal from Salem Al-Dawsari to win 1-0 while Qatar's Al-Sadd and Iran's Foolad played out a 0-0 draw in Doha.<p>The second legs of the eight ACL Round of 16 fixtures take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 08 May 2014 04:07:17 +1000 <![CDATA[Reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande hit five against Cerezo Osaka]]> <p>Asian Champions League holders Guangzhou Evergrande have flexed their muscle by hammering Cerezo Osaka 5-1 in the Round of 16 first leg.<p>Marcello Lippi's men destroyed Ranko Popovic's side at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka to place one foot in the quarter-finals as they go about defending their continental title.<p>Braces from Brazilian pair Muriqui and Elkeson did the damage for Evergrande who have now won six matches in a row in all competitions.<p>Pohang Steelers edged K-League rivals Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 in Jeonju thanks to late goals from Son Joo-ho and Go Moo-yul after Lee Jae-sung had opened the scoring for the home side.<p>Asamoah Gyan netted his eighth goal of the ACL campaign as Al-Ain beat UAE rivals Al-Jazira 2-1 in Abu Dhabi while Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad got the better of their domestic adversaries Al-Shabab 1-0 in Mecca.<p>The second lot of Round of 16 fixtures takes place on Wednesday with A-League runners-up Western Sydney Wanderers set to take on Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan, South Korea's FC Seoul heading to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor hosting Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal and Qatar side Al-Sadd up against Iran's Foolad.<p>The return legs of the 2014 Asian Champions League's Round of 16 take place on Tuesday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 14.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:42:44 +1000 <![CDATA[Heartbreak for Melbourne Victory as Western Sydney put five past Guizhou Renhe]]> <p>The first half of matchday 6 fixtures of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League were completed on Tuesday night with differing results for two Australian clubs.<p>Melbourne Victory were cruelly denied the chance to move into the knockout phase of Asia's premier club competition for the first time when held to a 0-0 draw by Jeonbuk Motors in South Korea.<p>The two-time A-League champs required a victory over Jeonbuk to clinch second spot in Group G but were unable to do so despite claims for a penalty in injury-time when Kosta Barbarouses was felled by Lee Jae-myung in the area.<p>Victory ended up third in their group on eight points, level with Jeonbuk, but behind by virtues of goal difference which was even compared to the Korean side's plus one.<p>Topping Group G on ten points was reigning Asian and Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande who beat Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos 2-1 courtesy of a double from Brazilian striker Elkeson.<p>Western Sydney Wanderers are through to the Round of 16 in their debut ACL campaign after hammering China's Guizhou Renhe 5-0 thanks to goals from Shannon Cole, Labinot Haliti, Aaron Mooy, Shinji Ono and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.<p>The Wanderers finished on top of Group H on 12 points, ahead of J.League side Kawasaki Frontale on goal difference, following their 3-1 home win over K-League outfit Ulsan Hyundai.<p>In Group C, UAE's Al-Ain finished on top despite a 1-1 draw with Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad who remained second as Qatari side Lekhwiya ended up in third after beating Tractor Sazi 1-0 in Iran thanks to a second-half penalty from former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra.<p>And Group D saw Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal sneak onto the top with a 1-0 home victory over Iranian outfit Sepahan while Qatar's Al-Sadd clinched second by beating pre-matchday leaders Al-Ahli of the UAE 2-1 in Doha.<p>The second half of matchday 6 fixtures take place on Wednesday night with the most interest on Group F as FC Seoul take on Beijing Guoan and Sanfrecce Hiroshima up against Central Coast Mariners with all four teams still a chance of progressing.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:33:35 +1000 <![CDATA[Pohang progress, Seoul edge Central Coast and Beijing held in ACL]]> <p>Matchday 5 of the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed with the second half of group stage games taking place on Wednesday night.<p>In Group E, South Korean club Pohang Steelers booked their spot in the knockout phase courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Cerezo Osaka in Japan. The win allowed Pohang to move six points clear of the rest of the group who are all level on five points.<p>In the other group fixture, Thai side Buriram United edged China's Shandong Luneng 1-0 to move off the bottom of the table.<p>Group F saw FC Seoul beat Central Coast Mariners 1-0 in dramatic fashion thanks to John Hutchison's own-goal in injury-time as they moved to the top of the group, replacing the Australians, while Beijing Guoan and Sanfrecce Hiroshima played out a 2-2 draw in China.<p>Naoki Ishihara netted a late brace for Japan's Sanfrecce after Shao Jiayi and Joffre Guerron had given the home side a two-goal advantage.<p>In Group B, Uzbek outfit Bunyodkor kept their Round of 16 hopes alive with a last-gasp 3-2 triumph over Saudi Arabia's Al-Fateh courtesy of two goals in the final seven minutes.<p>Bunyodkor now sit third in their group, three points behind second-placed El Jaish of Qatar, who were beaten 3-1 by group leaders Foolad in Iran.<p>And in Group A, Al Shabab and Al Jazira continued their dominance with a 2-1 win over Esteghlal and 3-2 victory over Al Rayyan respectively.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:36:36 +1000 <![CDATA[Central Coast go top with win over Beijing, Gyan scores again as Western Sydney beaten in Asia]]> <p>The first half of Matchday 4 fixtures in the 2014 AFC Asian Champions League was completed on Tuesday night.<p>A-League club Central Coast Mariners moved to the top of Group F courtesy of a 1-0 win over China's Beijing Guoan in Gosford.<p>A 73rd-minute goal from Dutch defender Marcel Seip allowed the Mariners to move onto six points, one clear of Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Korea's FC Seoul following their 2-2 draw.<p>Rafael Costa converted an injury-time penalty as Seoul grabbed a point at home to join both Sanfrecce and Beijing on five points in what is a very even group.<p>In Group H, Western Sydney Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Kawasaki Frontale after the J.League side scored two late goals following Labinot Haliti's first-half opener.<p>The Australian side are now second on the table with six points from four matches while K-League club Ulsan Hyundai sit a point clear on top despite their 3-1 defeat to Guizhou Renhe in China which saw Chen Zijie score a brace.<p>Group B saw Iran's Foolad edge Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor 1-0 for them to go six points clear in second place, equal on eight points with group leaders El Jaish of Qatar who drew 0-0 with Al-Fateh in Saudi Arabia.<p>And in Group D, Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal demolished Qatari outfit Al-Sadd 5-0 with Saudi international Nasser Al-Shamrani netting a hat-trick as UAE's Al-Ahli and Iran's Sepahan drew 0-0.<p>Wednesday night will play host to the second half of Matchday 4 fixtures with reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande's trip to Jeonbuk Motors and Yokohama F. Marinos' home fixture with Melbourne Victory among the highlights.<p>&nbsp;For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: <a href=></a></p><a href=''>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:47:37 +1100