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Japan players celebrate after beating Uzbekistan in the final of the Under-23 Asian Cup in Doha on Friday.
May 4, 2024
Kokubo's injury time penalty save secures Under-23 Asian Cup for Japan
Kokubo dived to his right to keep out Umarali Rakhmanaliev's spot kick to give Japan its second under-23 title since 2016.
Indonesian fans cheer as they watch the Under-23 Asian Cup quarterfinal between Indonesia and South Korea at a cafe in West Java, Indonesia, on Thursday.
Apr 26, 2024
Indonesians celebrate as soccer team moves one step from second Olympic berth
Indonesia defeated South Korea 11-10 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Under-23 Asian Cup in Doha on Thursday night.
Junya Ito's lawyers speak to reporters on Monday in the city of Osaka.
Feb 19, 2024
Junya Ito files lawsuit seeking ¥202 million from women accusing him of sexual assault
Soccer player Junya Ito filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court on Monday seeking about ¥202 million in compensation from two women who alleged the winger and his trainer sexually assaulted them last year.
Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as the South Korean national team manager on Friday.
Feb 16, 2024
South Korea fires Jurgen Klinsmann after disappointing showing at Asian Cup
The Korea Football Association announced the sacking of the 59-year-old German barely a year into a tenure racked by criticism of his leadership.
Qatar players celebrate with their hat-trick scorer Akram Afif after the team won the Asian Cup on Saturday in Lusail, near Doha.
Feb 11, 2024
Afif nets penalty hat trick as Qatar beats Jordan to retain Asian Cup crown
Jordan was playing in its first Asian Cup final and seeking its first major trophy, but it was Qatar that prevailed at home in front of 86,492 fans.
Jordan midfielder Mousa Al-Tamari (right) and South Korea's Son Heung-min vie for the ball during their Asian Cup semifinal match in Al-Rayyan, Qatar, on Tuesday.
Feb 10, 2024
'Jordanian Messi' Mousa Al-Tamari has Jordan on brink of Asian Cup glory
Jordan will face Qatar in the Asian Cup final.
Qatar forward Almoez Ali scores his team's third goal during against Iran in the semifinals of the Asian Cup on Wednesday.
Feb 8, 2024
'Best yet to come' after Qatar set up Asian Cup final with Jordan
Almoez Ali struck in the 82nd minute in Doha to send Qatar into their second consecutive final.
South Korea coach Jurgen Klinsmann speaks to star midfielder Son Heung-min after their loss to Jordan in the semifinals of the Asian Cup on Tuesday.
Feb 7, 2024
Asian Cup final a step too far for South Korea's 'zombie football'
In Tuesday's semifinal, Juergen Klinsmann's side was beaten by a hard-working Jordan team that claimed a famous 2-0 win.
Japan's Hiroki Ito stands on the pitch with his teammates after their loss against Iran in the Asian Cup quarterfinals in Doha on Saturday.
Feb 5, 2024
Japan's Asian Cup exit raises questions ahead of World Cup qualifiers in North Korea
Former Japan star Keisuke Honda, who was part of the team that won the Asian Cup in 2011, said the country's soccer needed "innovative change."
Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu and Takumi Minamino look dejected after the team lost its quarterfinal match to Iran on Saturday.
Feb 4, 2024
Japan's well-traveled squad tastes bitter pill at Asian Cup
The exit was a predictable end to the tournament for a team that never lived up to its billing as favorites.
Iran forward Sardar Azmoun shoots the ball past Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu during the teams' quarterfinal clash at the Asian Cup in Qatar on Saturday.
Feb 3, 2024
Iran eliminates Japan from Asian Cup after late penalty
Iran, which won due to a converted penalty from the team's captain, had not beaten Japan in 19 years.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito has been accused of sexual assault by two women. Ito's laywer says he has denied the claims.
Feb 2, 2024
Junya Ito again out of Japan squad amid sexual assault allegations
The Japan Football Association had initially said Thursday the player was leaving but then backtracked on that decision later in the day.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Sept. 9. Police have said that an investigation has been launched into claims of sexual assault involving the soccer player, allegations he denies.
Feb 1, 2024
Ito leaves Japan soccer team after sexual assault claims
Two women claimed Ito sexually assaulted them last year, but the player's lawyer said he has denied their claims
Iran's Mehdi Taremi celebrates after scoring against Syria during their Asian Cup match in Doha on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
Iran promises to be 'more united' against Japan in Asian Cup quarterfinals
Midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi said he saw Iran being dragged through extra time and penalties will make the team stronger for its match with Japan.
Japan's Wataru Endo (right) and Bahrain's Mohamed Al-Hardan vie for the ball during their Asian Cup match in Doha on Wednesday.
Feb 1, 2024
Wataru Endo warns Japan about road ahead after reaching Asian Cup quarterfinals
Questions remain for Hajime Moriyasu's side, which was the tournament favorite but has yet to keep a clean sheet in four games in Qatar.
Japan's Ritsu Doan (center) in action with Bahrain's Jasim Al-Shaikh during the two teams' Asian Cup last-16 clash in Doha on Wednesday.
Jan 31, 2024
Japan reaches Asian Cup last 8 with 3-1 win over Bahrain
While Japan progressed with little trouble, a shaky set-piece defense saw the side unable to keep a clean sheet once again.
South Korean forward Cho Gue-sung (right) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during an Asian Cup match against Saudi Arabia in al-Rayyan, Qatar, on Tuesday.
Jan 31, 2024
South Korea sets up Australia clash as Uzbeks plot Asian Cup 'surprise'
Klinsmann's men dominated both periods of extra time but were guilty of over-elaborating.
Japan players train in Doha on Tuesday ahead of a last-16 knockout match against Bahrain in the Asian Cup tournament on Wednesday.
Jan 31, 2024
Moriyasu and Endo calmly confident ahead of Asian Cup knockouts
The Samurai Blue, 17th in the FIFA rankings, have had a six-day interval to ready themselves to face Bahrain.
A young family member of Palestine defender and captain Musab al-Battat cheers as she watches the live television broadcast of the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup football match between Qatar and Palestine, in al-Dhahiriya, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, on Monday.
Jan 30, 2024
West Bank fans proud of Palestine's Asian Cup progress
Some of the Palestinian squad have lost loved ones or have relatives trapped in Gaza.
Qatar's Akram Afif in action with Palestine's Mohammed Saleh and Mahmoud Abuwarda in the two sides' Asian Cup last-16 match in Al Khor, Qatar, on Monday
Jan 30, 2024
Qatar ends Palestine run; Jordan stuns Iraq with Asian Cup late show
Qatar will face the winner of Tuesday's last-16 meeting between Uzbekistan and Thailand. Jordan will meet Tajikistan.


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