Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

Soccer Jul 23, 2019

Chelsea outplays Barcelona in Rakuten Cup opener

by Dan Orlowitz

A confident Chelsea overcame a depleted Barcelona side to win 2-1 on Tuesday in the opening game of the inaugural Rakuten Cup. The friendly at Saitama Stadium was touted as the first-ever meeting between two European clubs in Japan when it was announced in March. ...

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 ...

Soccer / J. League Jul 12, 2019

Antlers agree to transfer Hiroki Abe to Barcelona

The Kashima Antlers have agreed to transfer attacker Hiroki Abe to Barcelona, the J. League team announced Friday. The 20-year-old, who made his senior Japan debut at the recent Copa America, will join the Spanish powerhouse pending a medical. A skillful dribbler with strong attacking instincts, ...

FC Tokyo's Takefusa Kubo seals move to Real Madrid

Soccer / J. League Jun 14, 2019

FC Tokyo's Takefusa Kubo seals move to Real Madrid

Ascendant star playmaker Takefusa Kubo is departing FC Tokyo for a move to Spanish giant Real Madrid, it was announced on Friday. Just days after making his Japan national team debut on Sunday against El Salvador in a pre-Copa America friendly in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, ...

European giants buying into women's soccer

Soccer Apr 29, 2019

European giants buying into women's soccer

Back in 2001-02, the semifinalists in the inaugural UEFA Women's Cup were Frankfurt, HJK Helsinki, Toulouse and Swedish side Umea. Fast forward 17 years to this season, and the presence of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea and Lyon in the semifinals of the Champions League is ...

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

Soccer / J. League Mar 7, 2019

Vissel add Sergi Samper to loaded lineup

by Dan Orlowitz

Vissel Kobe has added another name to its ever-growing list of Barcelona connections. The J. League first-division club announced on Thursday the signing of defensive midfielder Sergi Samper, who will become the third player to trade the famed Spanish side's blue and red for Kobe's ...