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Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Aug 3, 2016

Teguramori set to lead Japan in quest for elusive medal

Yuya Kubo is out and Musashi Suzuki is in and with that, the makeup of Makoto Teguramori’s Japan for the Rio Olympics is finally set. But is the team ready? That remains to be seen based on Saturday’s schooling at the hands of Brazil, ...

Aug 1, 2016

Former Japan coach Zico elected to Hall of Fame

Former Japan coach and Brazil midfielder Zico has been elected to Japanese soccer’s Hall of Fame along with Japan’s 1936 Berlin Olympic team, the Japan Football Association announced Monday. An induction ceremony will be held at the Japan Football Museum at the JFA’s headquarters ...

Brazil tops Japan in final Rio tuneup

Jul 31, 2016

Brazil tops Japan in final Rio tuneup

Japan was of no challenge to Brazil as Makoto Teguramori’s side went down 2-0 at the hands of Neymar & Co. in its final Rio Olympic warm-up on Saturday. Brazil cantered to a win behind first-half goals from Gabriel Barbosa and Marquinhos ahead of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Young Boys may give OK for striker Kubo to play in Olympics: Shimoda

Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda said on Friday that there is a possibility that Swiss club Young Boys could release Japan Under-23 striker Yuya Kubo for the Rio Olympics after all. Shimoda flew to Switzerland to hold talks with Young Boys after ...

Schweinsteiger bows out of duty with national team

Jul 30, 2016

Schweinsteiger bows out of duty with national team

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced Friday that he is retiring from international soccer after making 120 appearances over 12 years. “I have just asked the coach not to nominate me anymore for the national team because I would like to step back,” the 31-year-old ...

Jul 28, 2016

FC Tokyo's Yonemoto likely to undergo surgery for torn ACL

FC Tokyo midfielder Takuji Yonemoto has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days, the J. League first-division club said on Thursday. Yonemoto also suffered medial ligament damage in the knee in Tokyo’s ...

Jul 28, 2016

Barcelona's Mascherano OKs contract extension through 2019

Barcelona said on Wednesday that Argentina international Javier Mascherano has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions until June 2019. “We have reached an agreement to improve (Mascherano’s) contract” without specifying the financial details, club executive Albert Soler said. The 32-year-old Mascherano ...

Jul 27, 2016

Antlers acquire Brazilian Fabricio

Kashima Antlers have acquired 26-year-old Fabricio dos Santos Messias, a Brazilian midfielder and forward, the J. League first-division side announced Wednesday. Fabricio, who is on loan from Portuguese side Portimonense, will wear the No. 11 shirt with Antlers. He had previously played in the ...