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Soccer Apr 10, 2019

Japan to play El Salvador in Copa America warmup

The Japanese men's national team will play an international friendly against El Salvador on June 9, the Japan Football Association announced Wednesday. Japan, ranked No. 26 in the world, will face No. 71 El Salvador for the first time. The match at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi in ...

Soccer Apr 5, 2019

Japan to face visiting Trinidad and Tobago in June friendly

The Japan national men's team will host an international friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on June 5, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The friendly at Toyota Stadium in Aichi Prefecture is likely to be the Samurai Blue's last match before departing for the Copa ...

Japan drawn with two-time champion Chile for Copa America

Soccer Jan 25, 2019

Japan drawn with two-time champion Chile for Copa America

Japan has been drawn with two-time defending champion Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador in Group C for this year's Copa America in Brazil, the South American Football Confederation announced Thursday. The Samurai Blue, currently ranked 50th by FIFA, will open their campaign against No. 13 Chile ...

Japan to send full-strength senior side to Copa America

Soccer Dec 12, 2018

Japan to send full-strength senior side to Copa America

Japan will send a full-strength senior squad to next June's Copa America in Brazil, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The JFA initially considered sending an under-23 squad in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but Samurai Blue head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who also manages ...

Soccer Sep 19, 2018

Rio to host 2019 Copa America final; Sao Paulo gets opener

South America's soccer confederation Conmebol has announced that the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host the Copa America final next July. Conmebol also said Tuesday Sao Paulo FC's Morumbi stadium will host the opener on June 14. The semifinals will be played in ...

Messi says career with national team is over

Soccer Jun 27, 2016

Messi says career with national team is over

Lionel Messi says he's quitting Argentina's national team. Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night. His nation's captain and career scoring leader with 55 ...

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

Soccer Jun 27, 2016

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

La Roja edges Argentina in penalty shootoutLionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina's national team. Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-2 ...

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Soccer Jun 19, 2016

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Lionel Messi had the ball along the sideline, closer to midfield than the goal, in what seemed to be a harmless position. One well-placed pass later, the ball was in the net and Argentina was on its way to a Copa America semifinal matchup with ...

Soccer Jun 15, 2016

Brazil fires Dunga after Copa exit

Brazil fired Dunga as coach on Tuesday, the national soccer confederation (CBF) said, two days after his side failed to get past the group stages of the Centenary Copa America. The Brazilians drew 0-0 with Ecuador and beat Haiti 7-1 but were beaten 1-0 by ...