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Jan 22, 2021
FIFA would ban breakaway 'Super League' players from World Cup
The statement issued by global soccer's governing body and its six member federations is a warning to European clubs considering the creation of an elite alternative to the Champions League.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jan 6, 2021
J. League chairman urges Samurai Blue hopefuls to go to Europe
Mitsuru Murai sees 2018 World Cup champion France's squad, which plays club soccer mostly outside its home country, as a model for Japan's young stars.
Japan Times
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Nov 27, 2020
'A god': Young Diego Maradona left lasting impact on Japanese soccer
The late legend touched a generation of fans with his effortless talent, but his struggles with substance abuse prevented him from bringing his trademark flair to the J. League.
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COMMENTARY / World
Nov 26, 2020
The god of soccer has departed this world
Maradona is often grouped with Pele and Messi as one of the three best soccer players of all time.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Nov 26, 2020
Diego Maradona, one of soccer’s all-time greats, dies at 60
News of the death brought an outpouring of mourning and remembrance in Argentina, becoming virtually the sole topic of conversation.
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Jul 22, 2020
Pro surfer Kanoa Igarashi shows off skills in FIFA 20, welcomes pressure of Olympics
The rising star is already qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Japan Times
SOCCER / Women's World Cup
Jun 22, 2020
Japan ends bid to host 2023 Women's World Cup, citing Olympic delay
The 37-member FIFA Council will now choose between Colombia and a joint Australia-New Zealand bid on Thursday.
Japan Times
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Jun 21, 2020
FIFA stands by evaluation of Colombia's Women's World Cup bid
FIFA is standing by its technical evaluation of Colombia's bid to host the 2023 women's World Cup, telling the country's unhappy soccer chief that the assessment was conducted in a "highly objective" manner.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Jun 10, 2020
J. League to play through international windows during virus-shortened season
The J. League first division will play through international windows sanctioned by FIFA when it restarts following a roughly four-month break brought about by the coronavirus crisis, J. League Chairman Mitsuru Murai said Tuesday.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Apr 29, 2020
J. League considering allowing five substitutes when matches resume
One league official believes increasing the number of substitutes will make matches more exciting.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Apr 3, 2020
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino says soccer will be 'totally different' after coronavirus
Soccer will be totally different when it eventually resumes after the coronavirus outbreak, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said Thursday.
SOCCER
Mar 10, 2020
Asian qualifiers for 2022 World Cup postponed
Upcoming Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be postponed as a safety measure in response to the coronavirus crisis, FIFA said Monday.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Dec 12, 2019
Japan submits bid for 2023 Women's World Cup to FIFA
Japan is considered a frontrunner in a field that may include a joint Australia-New Zealand bid, a rumored unified Korean bid, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.
Japan Times
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Nov 14, 2019
Japan defeats Kyrgyzstan to stay unbeaten in World Cup qualifying
Takumi Minamino converted a first-half penalty and Genki Haraguchi doubled the lead with a free kick after the break as Japan overcame a determined Kyrgyzstan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Japan Times
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Oct 17, 2019
Japan routs Tajikistan in 2022 World Cup qualifier
Japan claimed its third straight win in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2022 World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday.
SOCCER
Aug 5, 2019
Japan to host Mongolia at Saitama Stadium when World Cup qualifying resumes
Japan will play its home opener in the second round of 2022 World Cup Asian qualifying against Mongolia at Saitama Stadium on Oct. 10, the Japan Football Association announced Monday.
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Apr 15, 2019
France win inaugural FIFA eNations Cup
France showed they were champions in virtual soccer as well as the real game on Sunday when they beat Argentina to win the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup and a $40,000 prize.
Japan Times
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Apr 6, 2019
Kozo Tashima re-elected to FIFA Council
Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima was re-elected to the FIFA Council on Saturday by the Asian Football Confederation.
Japan Times
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Mar 11, 2019
AFC presidential hopeful backs larger 2022 World Cup
Mohammed Khalfan Al-Romaithi, a candidate for the Asian Football Confederation presidency, said Monday he supports an expanded 48-team field for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Japan Times
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Feb 23, 2019
FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players for a year over violations
Just hours after Chelsea win in the Europa league earned its under-fire ex-banker coach Maurizio Sarri some breathing space, the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was handed another blow: A ban on signing new players.

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