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Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Soccer Jul 17, 2019

Japan grouped with Myanmar, Mongolia for 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Japan will face Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Myanmar and Mongolia in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying after being drawn in Group F on Wednesday. The draw at the Asian Football Confederation's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur saw the 34 top-ranked sides in Asia, along ...

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

Soccer | From the Spot Jul 17, 2019

J. League embraces discussion of controversy

by Dan Orlowitz

Knowledge is not always power, but a little communication can go a long way. That's perhaps the biggest takeaway from last Saturday's game between Yokohama F. Marinos and Urawa Reds, where an outside source of information gave Teruhito Nakagawa a somewhat undeserved goal in the ...

Shunsuke Nakamura aims to help Yokohama FC reach J1

Soccer / J. League Jul 16, 2019

Shunsuke Nakamura aims to help Yokohama FC reach J1

Former Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura vowed Tuesday to "return the favor" to Yokohama FC for showing faith in him at age 41. Speaking at his introductory news conference, Nakamura said he aimed to help the J. League second-division club earn promotion to Japan's top tier. The ...

Barcelona signs Antlers striker Hiroki Abe

Soccer Jul 16, 2019

Barcelona signs Antlers striker Hiroki Abe

Barcelona on Monday announced the signing of striker Hiroki Abe on a transfer from the J. League's Kashima Antlers. Abe signed a four-year deal after Barcelona paid €1.1 million (about ¥134 million) for the 20-year-old, and will begin his overseas career as a Barca ...

Japan midfielder Gaku Shibasaki leaves Getafe for Deportivo

Soccer Jul 14, 2019

Japan midfielder Gaku Shibasaki leaves Getafe for Deportivo

Japan international midfielder Gaku Shibasaki has joined Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna on a four-year deal, the second-division club said Sunday. The 27-year-old, who represented Japan in June's Copa America, moves from first-division side Getafe, where he'd played since the summer of 2017 after starting ...

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