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May 14, 2015

FC Tokyo signs 13-year-old Barca prodigy Kubo

FC Tokyo could lose Yoshinori Muto this summer, but may have found their future in 13-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo, whose signing they announced on Thursday. Kubo had been training with Tokyo’s junior youth team since April. Hailed by Barcelona fans as the ...

Juve punches ticket to final

May 14, 2015

Juve punches ticket to final

Juventus came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid on Wednesday and line up a Champions League final against Barcelona with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the priceless equalizer for Juventus against his old ...

May 14, 2015

JFA to build Chiba training center

The Japan Football Association will build a ¥4 billion training facility at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. The new facility — to be called the JFA National Football Center — is scheduled to be completed by 2021, ...

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

May 13, 2015

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semifinal 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Neymar’s first-half goals made sure Barcelona went through 5-3 on aggregate following its 3-0 victory ...

May 13, 2015

Ventforet fires manager Higuchi

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu have fired manager Yasuhiro Higuchi and named general manager Satoru Sakuma to take over, the club announced Wednesday. Ventforet are last in J1 with just six points in 11 games under Higuchi, who joined the club this season ...

May 12, 2015

Frontale's Kobayashi undergoes knee surgery

Kawasaki Frontale’s Japan international Yu Kobayashi will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the J. League club said Tuesday. Kobayashi was hurt while warming up for Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The ...

May 12, 2015

FC Tokyo's Muto expected to join Bundesliga side Mainz

Japan striker Yoshinori Muto’s European destination will likely not be Chelsea but Mainz of the Bundesliga, sources with knowledge of the FC Tokyo player’s decision told Kyodo News through Tuesday. According to the sources, Tokyo and Mainz are deep into talks for the 22-year-old’s ...

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

May 10, 2015

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

Shoma Doi provided Kashima Antlers with the perfect tonic for their Asian Champions League blues by hitting the winner in a 1-0 victory away to FC Tokyo in the J. League on Sunday. Doi struck in the 34th minute in front of over 42,000 ...

Man United tightens grip

May 10, 2015

Man United tightens grip

Manchester United ended a three-match losing run to move within sight of Champions League qualification on Saturday, while Burnley became the first team to be relegated from the English Premier League this season. Marouane Fellaini scored a 78th-minute winner as United beat Crystal Palace ...

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

May 7, 2015

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo was among 28 J. League players called up for Japan’s training camp next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. The 32-year-old Okubo, the J. League’s top scorer the last two seasons, returned to the fold for the ...