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, ...

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Soccer Jun 25, 2019

Japan ousted after draw with Ecuador

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu said his team would learn from its Copa America heartbreak after missing out on a place in the quarterfinals following Monday's 1-1 draw with Ecuador. The result puts Paraguay, which did not play on Monday, into the quarterfinals of the tournament. Shoya ...

Koji Miyoshi scores twice in Japan's draw with Uruguay

Soccer Jun 21, 2019

Koji Miyoshi scores twice in Japan's draw with Uruguay

Newcomer Koji Miyoshi scored in both halves for Japan as Hajime Moriyasu's young side matched Uruguay in an entertaining 2-2 draw Thursday at the Copa America in Brazil. Luis Suarez equalized from the penalty spot after Japan took a surprise 1-0 lead, while Jose Gimenez ...

Chile begins Copa America title defense with rout of Japan

Soccer Jun 18, 2019

Chile begins Copa America title defense with rout of Japan

Two-time defending champion Chile opened its Copa America campaign with a 4-0 win over Japan on Monday, with Eduardo Vargas scoring a pair of goals to become Chile's all-time leading scorer in the South American competition. Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sanchez also scored for the ...

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

Soccer Jun 16, 2019

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo set for Copa America debut

On a continent where "imitation" Galacticos are a dime a dozen, Takefusa Kubo could just be the real deal. Snapped up by Real Madrid on Friday from under the noses of some of the world's other top clubs, the teenage sensation is about to demonstrate ...

Dani Alves replaces Neymar as Brazil captain for Copa America

Soccer May 28, 2019

Dani Alves replaces Neymar as Brazil captain for Copa America

Dani Alves will replace Neymar as the captain of the Brazilian national team in the Copa America, the country's soccer federation announced Monday. "The decision was communicated to Neymar by (coach) Tite on Saturday," Confederação Brasileira de Futebol said in a statement about the striker, ...

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 ...