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'King Kazu' rewrites record

Jun 19, 2016

'King Kazu' rewrites record

Kazuyoshi Miura rewrote history as he headed in his first goal of the season at the age of 49 on Sunday, improving his own record of the oldest scorer in the J. League during Yokohama FC’s 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in ...

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

Jun 19, 2016

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

German second-division side Hannover announced Sunday it had reached an agreement to send Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi back to his old J. League club, second-division outfit Cerezo Osaka. In a statement released by Hannover, Yamaguchi said: “It was good to come to know a ...

Japan names Koroki as final overage player for Rio

Jun 19, 2016

Japan names Koroki as final overage player for Rio

Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki was named the Japan Football Association’s third and final overage player for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday. Koroki, pending successful discussions with the player and his club, will join defenders Tsukasa Shiotani (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) and Hiroki ...

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Jun 19, 2016

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Lionel Messi had the ball along the sideline, closer to midfield than the goal, in what seemed to be a harmless position. One well-placed pass later, the ball was in the net and Argentina was on its way to a Copa America semifinal matchup ...

Ronaldo misses penalty in Portugal's draw with Austria

Jun 19, 2016

Ronaldo misses penalty in Portugal's draw with Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty as Portugal stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Austria, while Belgium swept to a 3-0 win over Ireland on a day of contrasts at the European Championship on Saturday. There were mixed fortunes too for Iceland, which looked ...

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Jun 18, 2016

Kawasaki loses grip on top spot

Kawasaki Frontale surrendered the top spot in the J. League to Kashima Antlers after being held to a surprise 2-2 draw away to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka in the penultimate round of first-stage matches on Saturday. Fukuoka raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a ...

Italy, Spain advance at Euro 2016

Jun 18, 2016

Italy, Spain advance at Euro 2016

Italy and Spain secured their second straight victories in the European Championship on Friday to advance to the knockout stages. The pair join host France, which on Thursday became the first team to make into the round of 16. Alvaro Morata scored twice as ...

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

Jun 17, 2016

Title-chasing Kawasaki remains focused on task at hand

With the J. League first-stage title firmly in their sights, Kawasaki Frontale’s players were in a relaxed mood on Friday as they prepared for Saturday’s trip to rock-bottom Avispa Fukuoka. Victory for Kawasaki, the league leader, in the second-to-last round of matches, coupled with ...

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Jun 17, 2016

INAC confirms Seattle move for Kawasumi

Nahomi Kawasumi, who played a pivotal role in helping Nadeshiko Japan win the 2011 Women’s World Cup, will join U.S. National Women’s Soccer League club the Seattle Reign, INAC Kobe Leonessa confirmed Friday. The 30-year-old striker, who also helped Nadeshiko win the 2012 London ...

Germany falls flat, England lights spark at Euro 2016

Jun 17, 2016

Germany falls flat, England lights spark at Euro 2016

Germany provided the first goalless draw, England earned the first comeback victory and Ukraine became the first team to be eliminated from the European Championship on Thursday. World champions in Brazil two years ago and 2-0 winners over Ukraine on Sunday, Germany went into ...

Jun 16, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan to travel to Sweden for friendly

Former women’s world champion Nadeshiko Japan will play Sweden away in a friendly next month, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. Asako Takakura’s side will play the Swedes at Guldfageln Arena in Kalmar on July 21 and will also play club side Kristianstad ...