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Japan's Gotoku Sakai retires from international duty

Soccer / World Cup Jul 7, 2018

Japan's Gotoku Sakai retires from international duty

Defender Gotoku Sakai has become the third Japanese player to retire from international duty on the heels of the squad's heartbreaking World Cup exit following a last-gasp defeat to Belgium. "I have always tried to support the team, but I couldn't return the trust with ...

France beats Uruguay to reaches World Cup semifinals

Soccer / World Cup Jul 7, 2018

France beats Uruguay to reaches World Cup semifinals

A shot that flew directly at the hands of the opposing goalkeeper turned into a World Cup goal for Antoine Griezmann. The France striker scored the second goal in his team's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay on Friday, sending a seemingly easy-to-save shot at a ...

Nishino to pass torch as manager

Soccer / World Cup Jul 5, 2018

Nishino to pass torch as manager

by Andrew McKirdy

National team manager Akira Nishino predicted Thursday that Japan will improve on its 2018 World Cup performance by reaching the quarterfinals in 2022, but he will not be around to lead the charge after the Japan Football Association announced it would not extend his ...