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Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

Jan 25, 2016

Japan sweating on trio's fitness ahead of Rio qualifier

The fitness of Japan captain Wataru Endo, Yuta Toyokawa and Masashi Kamekawa will be a game-time decision for Tuesday’s Asian Under-23 Championship semifinal against Iraq, according to the Japan Football Association. The trio trained apart from the team on Sunday. Endo complained of discomfort ...

Leicester keeps rolling; United falls

Jan 24, 2016

Leicester keeps rolling; United falls

The expectation is the rails will come off Leicester’s title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. But Manchester United’s problems with scoring at home won’t go away, with boos again ringing out at Old Trafford on Saturday after the hosts were ...

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Jan 23, 2016

Nakajima lifts Japan in extra time

Shoya Nakajima scored twice in extra time to keep Japan on course for a place at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a 3-0 win over Iran in the quarterfinals of the Asian Under-23 Championship on Friday. On as a late replacement for ...

Jan 22, 2016

FIFA seeks doping ban for Kang

FIFA has asked sport’s highest court to impose a two-year ban on a South Korean player who blamed his positive test for a steroid on a mustache-growing cream. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says FIFA’s appeal against the Korea Football Association and Kang ...

Jan 22, 2016

Dolgopolov gets 10-year jail term

A former Zenit St. Petersburg player has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of beating his wife to death. The federal investigative committee says Vladimir Dolgopolov was found guilty of “intentionally causing severe damage to health, leading to the ...

Jan 22, 2016

Uchida returns to training after seven-month layoff: report

Japan defender Atsuto Uchida has joined team training at his club Schalke for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery in June, the online edition of Kicker reported Thursday. The 27-year-old right-back had an operation on his patellar tendon, the magazine said at ...

Kubo ready to shoulder burden in make-or-break Iran clash

Jan 21, 2016

Kubo ready to shoulder burden in make-or-break Iran clash

With the fitness of striking partner Musashi Suzuki still uncertain, all eyes will be on Yuya Kubo to deliver when Japan’s Under-23 side takes on Iran on Friday in the quarterfinal of the Under-23 Asian Championship. “It’s important to be on the pitch at ...

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Jan 21, 2016

Sanfrecce get back to work after stellar 2015

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima started preseason training on Thursday, with manager Hajime Moriyasu warning there are no guarantees his team will replicate its success from last season. Sanfrecce deservedly won their third J. League championship title in four seasons and also finished ...

JFA Board of Directors throws weight behind Tashima

Jan 21, 2016

JFA Board of Directors throws weight behind Tashima

The Japan Football Association Board of Directors has selected JFA vice president Kozo Tashima as its pick to be the next president of Japan’s soccer federation, a JFA source revealed Wednesday. The board members had until Jan. 6 to cast their votes for the ...

Suzuki, Matsubara may miss Japan's quarterfinal match against Iran

Jan 20, 2016

Suzuki, Matsubara may miss Japan's quarterfinal match against Iran

Japan forward Musashi Suzuki and defender Ken Matsubara were battling to be fit on Wednesday for their Asian Under-23 Championship quarterfinal clash with Iran on Friday. The 21-year-old Suzuki, born to a Jamaican father and a Japanese mother, played the whole game against North ...

Japan Under-23s down Saudis to stay perfect in Doha

Jan 20, 2016

Japan Under-23s down Saudis to stay perfect in Doha

Japan defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Tuesday to wrap up the group phase with a perfect record at the Asian Under-23 Championship, the final regional qualifier for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Already assured top spot in Group B and a quarterfinal meeting ...