Takefusa Kubo makes first appearance for Villarreal in friendly

Soccer Aug 24, 2020

Takefusa Kubo makes first appearance for Villarreal in friendly

Teenage prodigy Takefusa Kubo made his first appearance for Villarreal on Sunday, playing the second half of a 3-1 friendly win against second-division Cartagena. The 19-year-old Japan midfielder is preparing for his second season in the Spanish top flight after joining Villarreal earlier this month ...

Real Madrid's Takefusa Kubo moving to Villarreal on 1-year loan

Soccer Aug 8, 2020

Real Madrid's Takefusa Kubo moving to Villarreal on 1-year loan

Real Madrid has loaned out 19-year-old Japan international Takefusa Kubo to Spanish La Liga rival Villarreal, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday. Both the clubs and the Japan midfielder have agreed to the terms and a formal announcement will be made after ...

Shinji Okazaki scores as Huesca secures promotion to La Liga

Soccer Jul 18, 2020

Shinji Okazaki scores as Huesca secures promotion to La Liga

Former Japan forward Shinji Okazaki helped Spanish second-division club Huesca book its ticket back to the top flight Friday, scoring his 12th goal of the season in a 3-0 win over Numancia. With the victory, second-place Huesca moved to 67 points on the year and ...

Spanish soccer season unlikely to resume before summer

Soccer Apr 27, 2020

Spanish soccer season unlikely to resume before summer

The Spanish soccer season, halted like most major sporting competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, is unlikely to return until the summer, the country's health minister Salvador Illa said on Sunday. Spanish league president Javier Tebas has been bullish about the need to complete the ...

Takashi Inui aims to be key contributor for Real Betis

Soccer Jul 12, 2018

Takashi Inui aims to be key contributor for Real Betis

A week after returning to Japan following Samurai Blue's round-of-16 defeat to Belgium at the World Cup, Takashi Inui said Thursday the next step is contributing to his new team, Real Betis, in Spain's La Liga. "I want to enjoy playing soccer, and contribute to ...

Soccer Oct 3, 2017

Getafe's Gaku Shibasaki undergoes surgery for broken foot

Japan midfielder Gaku Shibasaki underwent surgery for a fractured left foot and will spend the next two months on the sidelines, Spanish side Getafe said Monday. The 25-year-old Shibasaki had surgery to fix a hairline fracture in his left foot after suffering the injury in ...

Soccer Jul 18, 2017

Spanish club Getafe locks up Shibasaki with four-year deal

Midfielder Gaku Shibasaki has signed a four-year contract with promoted Spanish top-flight side Getafe, the La Liga club announced Monday. Shibasakispent the past half season in the second division with Tenerife, which missed out on promotion after losing to Getafe in the playoff final. The former ...

Soccer Jun 25, 2017

Shibasaki, Tenerife fail in bid for promotion

Gaku Shibasaki had an assist, but Tenerife missed out on promotion to the Spanish first division after a 3-1 defeat to Getafe in the second leg of the playoff final on Saturday. Tenerife took the first leg 1-0 on Wednesday, when Shibasaki created the winner, ...