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Japan: Kashima Antlers To Turn Team Of Ex-Players Into Zombies For Special ‘Escape Event’ Hosted At Their Stadium (Video)

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In what surely must be a first, Japanese side Kashima Antlers are preparing to host a special eventnext month that will see their stadium turned into the ground zeroof a zombie apocalypse.

In collaboration with video game developers Taito, the J. League champions will stage a "zombieescape" experience at Kashima Stadium in which paying customers will be tasked with.

Club World Cup Final 2016

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I acknowledged earlier that the current set up does not produce the greatest games. The final people want to see is Europe v South America. Now wasn't this the previous competition. So here we have the team that finished 11th in the second half of the J League one match away from being named the best club side on the world.

Club World Cup 2016 Semi Finals

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A rare occurrence for me - two days off! As I hadn't been to Osaka before I thought I would stay locally. The weather wasn't great, cloudy about 8 degrees with a cold wind. So I set off by foot for Osaka Castle.



As I wandered through the streets I noted the shape of the vehicles on the roads, they are increasingly becoming box like.

Club World Cup

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Off to Japan for my 5th Club World Cup and 4th visit to Japan, this time via China - must have been the cheapest flights on the dates I wanted.



So how did the teams get here. Well they won their respective Continental Premier Cup competition and the hosts provided their Championship winner.

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Oscar penalty miss as Silva bullet sinks SIPG

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Big-money midfielder Oscar missed a second-half penalty as Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their first defeat of this year’s AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

After SIPG went behind to Rafael Silva’s 44th-minute strike, 60-million-euro signing Oscar looked set to maintain SIPG’s unbeaten record in Group F when he won a penalty in the 64th minute.

Oscar penalty miss as Silva bullet sinks SIPG

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Big-money midfielder Oscar missed a second-half penalty as Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai SIPG lost 1-0 to Urawa Red Diamonds in their first defeat of this year’s AFC Champions League on Tuesday.

After SIPG went behind to Rafael Silva’s 44th-minute strike, 60-million-euro signing Oscar looked set to maintain SIPG’s unbeaten record in Group F when he won a penalty in the 64th minute.

Okazaki fires 50th for Japan in 4-0 Thai rout

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Japan crush Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Japan crush Thailand 4-0 in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki celebrated his 50th international goal Tuesday as Japan brushed aside Thailand 4-0 to edge closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa gave the hosts the lead in their Asian Group B qualifier with a sharp finish after eight minutes, before Okazaki thundered home a diving header to bring up his half-century in swashbuckling style.

Don’t blow it, says Japan coach after UAE win

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic warned his players not to get “silly” after a 2-0 win in the United Arab Emirates moved them closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Goals from Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno on Thursday kept the Blue Samurai level at the top of Group B with Saudi Arabia in the final round of Asian qualifiers for next year’s Russia World Cup with 13 points from six games.

Don’t blow it, says Japan coach after UAE win

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Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic warned his players not to get “silly” after a 2-0 win in the United Arab Emirates moved them closer to a sixth successive World Cup.

Goals from Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno on Thursday kept the Blue Samurai level at the top of Group B with Saudi Arabia in the final round of Asian qualifiers for next year’s Russia World Cup with 13 points from six games.

Japan’s Honda admits to ‘failure’ before UAE clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week’s World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, domestic media reported Tuesday.

Once a talismanic figure for Japan, the 30-year-old squeaked into coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for Thursday’s clash despite being buried deep on the bench at AC Milan for much of the season.

Japan’s Honda admits to ‘failure’ before UAE clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week’s World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, domestic media reported Tuesday.

Once a talismanic figure for Japan, the 30-year-old squeaked into coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for Thursday’s clash despite being buried deep on the bench at AC Milan for much of the season.

Japan oldie Miura surpasses Stanley Matthews record

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Tokyo (AFP) – Twinkle-toed Japanese footballer Kazuyoshi Miura has racked up another astonishing landmark by eclipsing former England great Stanley Matthews in the record books with his second professional appearance since turning 50.

Miura, who last week became the first fiftysomething to grace the J-League, played in Yokohama FC’s 1-1 draw against V-Varen Nagasaki on Sunday at 50 years and seven days - two days older than Matthews was when he turned out for Stoke City against Fulham in 1965.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Australia come back to secure draw in Japan World Cup qualifier

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Melbourne (AFP) Australia came from behind through a Mile Jedinak penalty to grab a 1-1 draw against Japan to remain unbeaten in Asian World Cup qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

The Blue Samurai rocked the Socceroos with a fifth-minute goal from midfielder Genki Haraguchi but skipper Jedinak retrieved a point in a tense game with his spot kick.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

Japan, Korea survive World Cup scares as China crash

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean star Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Iran, meanwhile stayed on course for a Russia 2018 spot after shifting Uzbekistan from the top of Asian qualifying Group A on goal difference with a 1-0 victory in Tashkent.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Japan, Korea survive scares as China crash in World Cup qualifiers

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Suwon (South Korea) (AFP) South Korean sharpshooter Son Heung-Min kept Qatar's World Cup ambitions on hold and Japan also survived a scare as China suffered a potentially calamitous defeat to Syria on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son extended his electric club form with the winner in South Korea's 3-2 triumph over 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, whose hopes of reaching Russia 2018 now look distant.

Yamaguchi rescues Japan against Iraq in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) Substitute Hotaru Yamaguchi's 95th-minute winner rescued Japan and their stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign as they escaped with a 2-1 victory over Iraq on Thursday.

The Blue Samurai were headed for an ignominious draw in Saitama when Yamaguchi smashed a loose ball from a corner through a forest of legs and into the Iraqi goal.

Yamaguchi rescues Japan against Iraq in World Cup qualifier

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) Substitute Hotaru Yamaguchi's 95th-minute winner rescued Japan and their stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign as they escaped with a 2-1 victory over Iraq on Thursday.

The Blue Samurai were headed for an ignominious draw in Saitama when Yamaguchi smashed a loose ball from a corner through a forest of legs and into the Iraqi goal.

Asano lays ‘ghost goal’ spectre to rest in Japan win

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Bangkok (AFP) Takuma Asano bounced back from last week's disallowed goal controversy as he hit Japan's second in a 2-0 win over Thailand which reignited their World Cup qualifying bid on Tuesday.

Asano was denied a clear goal in Thursday's 2-1 defeat to UAE when officials failed to see his shot had crossed the line, but there was no doubt when he scored in Bangkok.

Ghost goal haunts Japan in shock football defeat to UAE

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) Japan slammed an "unacceptable" refereeing howler as they crashed 2-1 to the United Arab Emirates in a woeful start to their World Cup qualifying final round on Thursday.

AC Milan's Keisuke Honda nodded the hosts in front in Saitama but UAE grabbed all the points after Ahmed Khalil's sumptuous free kick and penalty either side of half-time.

Ghost goal haunts Japan in shock football defeat to UAE

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) Japan slammed an "unacceptable" refereeing howler as they crashed 2-1 to the United Arab Emirates in a woeful start to their World Cup qualifying final round on Thursday.

AC Milan's Keisuke Honda nodded the hosts in front in Saitama but UAE grabbed all the points after Ahmed Khalil's sumptuous free kick and penalty either side of half-time.

Golden Japanese oldie ‘Kazu’ breaks goal record – at 49

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Tokyo (AFP) Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura proved he has no plans to shuffle off into the sunset after the 49-year-old rewrote his own record as the J-League's oldest goalscorer.

"King Kazu", who is playing in his 31st season as a professional, scored with a rare header for Yokohama FC on Sunday in his side's 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in the Japanese second division.

Golden Japanese oldie ‘Kazu’ breaks goal record – at 49

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Tokyo (AFP) Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura proved he has no plans to shuffle off into the sunset after the 49-year-old rewrote his own record as the J-League's oldest goalscorer.

"King Kazu", who is playing in his 31st season as a professional, scored with a rare header for Yokohama FC on Sunday in his side's 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in the Japanese second division.

US women dominate Japan in match cut short by weather

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Washington (AFP) Goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan had the US women's team up 2-0 on Japan Sunday when lightning brought their international friendly match in Cleveland, Ohio, to a halt in the 76th minute.

After a tense 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams' first meeting since the US victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, the United States were dominant in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 23,535.

US women dominate Japan in match cut short by weather

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Washington (AFP) Goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan had the US women's team up 2-0 on Japan Sunday when lightning brought their international friendly match in Cleveland, Ohio, to a halt in the 76th minute.

After a tense 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams' first meeting since the US victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, the United States were dominant in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 23,535.

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Doing The Man Utd Shuffle: Japanese Side FC Gifu Change Kit At Half-Time After Passing To Opposition For 45 Minutes (Video)

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Down in the Japanese second division, FC Gifu were forced to invoke the 'Manchester United shuffle' and change their kit at half-time after a colour clash disrupted their game plan.

On Sunday afternoon, Gifu,wearingtheir traditional green, were onhosting duties against Matsumoto Yamaga, who turned out in their dull grey away strip.

King Kazuyoshi Miura Scores Winning Goal For Yokohama At Grand Old Age Of 50 (Video)

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Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday in style by scoring Yokohama FC's winning goal in their 1-0 win overThespakusatsu Gunma in the J2 League on Saturday afternoon.

The veteran striker, who officially overtook Sir Stanley Matthews to become the oldest professional football in history in the week, slotted home in the 40th minute to snaffle the narrow victory forYokohama.

Fit For A King: Legendary Japanese Veteran Kazuyoshi Miura Breaks Sir Stanley Matthews Record To Become Oldest Professional Footballer

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Japanese veteran Kazuyoshi Miura passed yet another milestone over the weekend when he became the oldest player to feature in a professional, FIFA-recognised match.

Theweek after his birthday, 'King Kazu' took to the pitch aged 50 years and 7 days on Sunday, playing 54 minutes of Yokohama FC's J2 League tie againstV-Varen Nagasaki and edging past the record held by Sir Stanley Matthews since 1965.

Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Updated Standings, Results and Talking Points

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The calendar year 2016’s last international break provided the setting for the latest stop in the long road to qualification for the 2018 World Cup. 63 matches were played across six continents, as the qualification picture for the finals in Russia became clearer after the latest round of matches.

Where to find Japan vs. Saudi Arabia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Japan vs. Saudi Arabia, you've come to the right place.

In this important World Cup qualifier, Japan can go level on points in Group B with leaders Saudi Arabia if Japan can win the match. However, if Japan lose, the Japanese team will be six points behind Saudi Arabia, which could mean that Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will lose his job.

Where to find Japan vs. Saudi Arabia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Japan vs. Saudi Arabia, you've come to the right place.

In this important World Cup qualifier, Japan can go level on points in Group B with leaders Saudi Arabia if Japan can win the match. However, if Japan lose, the Japanese team will be six points behind Saudi Arabia, which could mean that Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will lose his job.

Japan on high alert for Saudi ‘provocateurs’

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Tokyo (AFP) Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday warned his players against Saudi Arabia's "specialists in provocation" in a home World Cup qualifier this month that could potentially decide his own future.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose position as head coach has been plunged into doubt after a disappointing 2018 qualifying campaign, has named a full-strength side for the November 15 clash in Saitama.

Japan on high alert for Saudi ‘provocateurs’

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Tokyo (AFP) Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Friday warned his players against Saudi Arabia's "specialists in provocation" in a home World Cup qualifier this month that could potentially decide his own future.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose position as head coach has been plunged into doubt after a disappointing 2018 qualifying campaign, has named a full-strength side for the November 15 clash in Saitama.

South Korea

Japan fume over ref howler as Koreans see off China

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) Japan were left fuming over a refereeing howler after a shock defeat to UAE rocked their World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday, while South Korea held off China to win 3-2.

Asian champions Australia overcame a nervy start to beat Iraq 2-0 as Asia's third round of 2018 World Cup qualifying got under way, with 12 teams vying for four automatic berths.

Football mascots: From Naranjito to Super Victor… 11 weird and wonderful international football mascots

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Japan’s ‘King Kazu’ turns 50 with J-League start

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Yokohama (Japan) (AFP) – Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura celebrated his 50th birthday by starting a J-League game for Yokohama FC on Sunday, marking yet another landmark in a storied career.

Miura, the oldest Japanese to play professional football, lasted 65 minutes in a 1-0 home win over second division rivals Matsumoto Yamaga as he became the first quinquagenarian to grace the J-League.