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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
SOCCER
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.
Japan Times
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Feb 7, 2019
Japan men's soccer team climbs to No. 27 in world rankings
Japan jumped 23 spots to No. 27 in the FIFA world rankings announced Thursday following its runner-up finish in the just-concluded Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jul 2, 2018
Japan vs Belgium @ 2018 FIFA World Cup, as it happened
Welcome to our live blog of the Japan vs Belgium game, which will decide who advances to the quarterfinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 28, 2018
Japan vs Poland @ 2018 FIFA World Cup, as it happened
Welcome to our live blog of the Japan vs Poland game, which will decide who moves to the final 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Japan Times
SOCCER / World cup
Jun 15, 2018
Rapture in Russia after team's stunning World Cup 5-0 opener over Saudi Arabia
Russian fans and politicians joined in an outpouring of jubilation on Thursday as the host nation unexpectedly routed Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup.
Japan Times
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Jul 18, 2017
Spanish soccer chief, son arrested during anti-corruption raids
Police arrested the head of Spain's soccer federation, throwing the leadership of the sport in the World Cup-winning nation into disarray a year before the next round of the elite championship takes place in Russia.
OLYMPICS
Jun 30, 2017
2020 men's soccer final may be moved from new national Olympics stadium: source
The final of the men's soccer final at the 2020 Tokyo Games could be moved from the new national stadium, a source said Thursday.
SOCCER / World cup
Mar 31, 2017
FIFA proposes granting eight spots for Asia at 2026 World Cup
FIFA on Thursday proposed to allocate eight slots for Asia at the 2026 World Cup, an increase from the current 4.5 for the continent when the field expands from 32 to 48.
SOCCER
Feb 16, 2017
FIFA chief Infantino supports co-hosting for 2026 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries.
Japan Times
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Jan 10, 2017
FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026
FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy.
SOCCER / World cup
Jan 9, 2017
Halilhodzic backs 48-team World Cup
Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave his approval to expanding the World Cup from its current 32-team format to 40 or 48 teams as FIFA prepares to discuss the idea during its board meeting on Tuesday.
Japan Times
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Dec 17, 2016
FIFA boss backs bigger World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Saturday claimed there are "no down sides" to expanding the World Cup to 48 teams and "no taboos" in discussing changes to soccer's flagship competition.
Japan Times
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Dec 16, 2016
Zidane questions video reviews after Madrid's Club World Cup semifinal win
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane voiced concern that FIFA's new video review system "could cause confusion" after guiding his team to the Club World Cup final on Thursday.
Japan Times
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Dec 15, 2016
Kashima proves worth as FIFA praises replay system
The Kashima Antlers have always found a way to get the job done, which is why they have 18 pieces of silverware stocked in their trophy case and on Wednesday, the eight-time J. League champions added another accolade by becoming the first Asian side to reach the Club World Cup final.
SOCCER
Nov 4, 2016
Kumagai nominated for FIFA award
Defender Saki Kumagai was among 10 players nominated Thursday for the Best FIFA Women's Player 2016 award.
SOCCER
Sep 15, 2016
Japan slips to 56th in FIFA rankings
Japan dropped seven places to 56th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.
Japan Times
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Aug 25, 2016
Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban
Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport's highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer.
Japan Times
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Aug 5, 2016
Jennings predicts jail time for Blatter
For decades, British investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has exposed corruption at the highest levels in global sports.
Japan Times
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Jun 4, 2016
FIFA reveals Blatter, allies awarded selves $80 million
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and two other leading officials were involved in a "coordinated attempt" to enrich themselves through annual salary increases and World Cup bonuses, world soccer's governing body said on Friday.

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