Jun 25, 2014

Japan's soccer fans despondent

Groggy fans reacted with sadness across Japan after an early-morning game saw the national team exit soccer’s World Cup tournament in a crushing 4-1 defeat.

| Jun 21, 2014

Park life

Elderly woman (speaking to a man sitting on a park bench drinking beer and listening to a transistor radio): Is that the soccer (match between Japan and Cote d'Ivoire)?

Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Jun 10, 2014

Donations send Tohoku kids to World Cup

Soccer fans in Chiba Prefecture have raised more than ¥2.5 million in donations to send four children from Tohoku’s Oshika Peninsula to watch the Japan play in the World Cup in Brazil. The supporters launched the fundraising drive in April as a treat for ...

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar bribe claims

Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola called on soccer’s rulers Sunday to deal thoroughly with allegations that bribery was used to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil. With its showpiece event only four days away, ...