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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 ...

Surging United beats rival Liverpool

Jan 18, 2016

Surging United beats rival Liverpool

It was only three weeks ago that Manchester United was on an eight-match winless streak, Wayne Rooney was so out of form he was dropped to the bench, and manager Louis van Gaal appeared to be contemplating resigning. Now, United is unbeaten in 2016, ...

Jan 17, 2016

Gamba gunning for trophy galore

Gamba Osaka will look to replicate the treble-winning feat from two years ago as the J. League runnersup settled for a single title of the Emperor’s Cup in 2015. “We are going into this challenging year resolved to push ourselves. For the team as ...

Jan 17, 2016

Former Nadeshiko forward Maruyama to retire

Former Nadeshiko Japan striker Karina Maruyama is set to hang up her boots at the end of the upcoming season, she said Saturday in a post on her Twitter account. “I’m making this year my last,” wrote the 32-year-old, who scored the extra-time winner ...

Japan routs Thailand to advance to Asian Under-23 quarterfinals

Jan 17, 2016

Japan routs Thailand to advance to Asian Under-23 quarterfinals

Japan swept aside Thailand 4-0 on Saturday to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Asian Under-23 Championship, the continent’s final qualifying competition for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Albirex Niigata forward Musashi Suzuki fired Japan in front midway through the first ...

Jan 16, 2016

Prince Ali asks FIFA to investigate rival

The campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA chief turned bitter on Friday when a presidential candidate asked for an investigation into whether his main rival is trying to break election rules. Prince Ali bin al-Hussein accused Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa of ...