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Japan football legend ‘Kazu’ renews contract before 51st birthday

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Tokyo (AFP) – Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, who will turn 51 next month, renewed his contract with Yokohama FC on Thursday, extending his record as the oldest player in the J-League.

The golden oldie, admiringly nicknamed “King Kazu” for his spirited grit and style, will kick off his 33rd career season this year after a stunning 2017 in which he surpassed the previous professional longevity record set by England legend Stanley Matthews.

Japan pin-up Uchida returns home after Germany spell

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan defender Atsuto Uchida is set to complete a return to Kashima Antlers after a seven-year spell in Germany, the J-League club said Wednesday.

The 29-year-old fan favourite, who has struggled with injury over the past two seasons, joined Bundesliga side Schalke in 2010 before moving to second-tier Union Berlin last summer.

South Korea win East Asia title as North restore pride

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Tokyo (AFP) – Beanpole striker Kim Shin-Wook fired a quick-fire double as South Korea thrashed fierce rivals Japan 4-1 to capture a fourth East Asian championship title in Tokyo on Saturday.

Japan football chief Kozo Tashima ripped into the home side after an embarrassing defeat.

“It’s not just that they lost, it’s a deeper issue,” he told local media.

South Korea win East Asia title as North restore pride

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Tokyo (AFP) – Beanpole striker Kim Shin-Wook fired a quick-fire double as South Korea thrashed fierce rivals Japan 4-1 to capture a fourth East Asian championship title in Tokyo on Saturday.

Japan football chief Kozo Tashima ripped into the home side after an embarrassing defeat.

“It’s not just that they lost, it’s a deeper issue,” he told local media.

Japan’s Urawa Reds pin hopes on Brazilian goal machine Silva

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Tokyo (AFP) – As Japan’s Urawa Reds aim to tackle the likes of Real Madrid in the World Club Cup, they will look again to Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva, whose goals got them to such lofty heights.

The 25-year-old Sao Paulo native smashed a superb last-minute winner last month against Al Hilal to sweep the J-League side to a second Asian Champions League title.

Japan will struggle at World Cup, warns Troussier

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Tokyo (AFP) – Former Japan coach Philippe Troussier has cast doubt on the country’s hopes of surviving their group at next year’s World Cup, describing their draw as “bad news”.

The Frenchman, who led the Blue Samurai to the last 16 as 2002 co-hosts, fears that Colombia and Senegal could have too much firepower for Japan in their first two Group H games in Russia.

Japan coach eyes Colombia ‘revenge’ after World Cup draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic promised to avenge his side’s humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup following Friday’s draw for next summer’s finals in Russia.

The firebrand Franco-Bosnian admitted “it could have been worse” after the Blue Samurai were drawn alongside the Colombians, Senegal and Poland in Group H for their sixth successive World Cup appearance.

Japan coach eyes Colombia ‘revenge’ after World Cup draw

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic promised to avenge his side’s humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup following Friday’s draw for next summer’s finals in Russia.

The firebrand Franco-Bosnian admitted “it could have been worse” after the Blue Samurai were drawn alongside the Colombians, Senegal and Poland in Group H for their sixth successive World Cup appearance.

Japan eye North Korean target practice before World Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday he would rely on local-based players at next month’s East Asian championships, where the hosts clash with North Korea in a politically charged opener.

Halilhodzic, who has one eye on next summer’s World Cup in Russia, has buried the hatchet with Kashima Antlers striker Mu Kanazaki after overlooking him since the player threw a tantrum in a J-League game more than a year ago.

Japan eye North Korean target practice before World Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Wednesday he would rely on local-based players at next month’s East Asian championships, where the hosts clash with North Korea in a politically charged opener.

Halilhodzic, who has one eye on next summer’s World Cup in Russia, has buried the hatchet with Kashima Antlers striker Mu Kanazaki after overlooking him since the player threw a tantrum in a J-League game more than a year ago.

Japan’s Reds crowned Asian kings after Al Hilal win

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva smashed a late winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds beat 10-man Al Hilal 1-0 on Saturday to win a second Asian Champions League title.

The forward, who also scored in last weekend’s 1-1 first-leg draw in Riyadh, blasted a superb winner two minutes from time for Urawa, last crowned continental champions in 2007.

Japan’s Reds crowned Asian kings after Al Hilal win

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian sharp-shooter Rafael Silva smashed a late winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds beat 10-man Al Hilal 1-0 on Saturday to win a second Asian Champions League title.

The forward, who also scored in last weekend’s 1-1 first-leg draw in Riyadh, blasted a superb winner two minutes from time for Urawa, last crowned continental champions in 2007.

Japan’s Reds target Asian glory after race row

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Tokyo (AFP) – Urawa Reds will be favourites to exorcise Japan’s Asian Champions League demons when they host Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal in the second leg of the final on Saturday.

With the Reds hoping to end a decade of hurt in Asia’s premier club competition, Brazilian forward Rafael Silva became embroiled in a race row following last weekend’s 1-1 draw in Riyadh, adding to the tension.

Japan coach laments ‘naivety’ in Brazil loss

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic rued his team’s “naivety” after losing to Brazil but insisted there were plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next year’s World Cup.

First-half goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus condemned Japan to a 3-1 defeat - their 10th in 12 meetings with Brazil - in Lille despite a much-improved display after the interval.

Japan coach laments ‘naivety’ in Brazil loss

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic rued his team’s “naivety” after losing to Brazil but insisted there were plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next year’s World Cup.

First-half goals from Neymar, Marcelo and Gabriel Jesus condemned Japan to a 3-1 defeat - their 10th in 12 meetings with Brazil - in Lille despite a much-improved display after the interval.

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Brazil, France impress, England in Germany stalemate

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Paris (AFP) – Neymar starred as Brazil ramped up their World Cup preparations with a 3-1 win over Japan on Friday, while France saw off Wales 2-0 in Paris and a new-look England held Germany 0-0 at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku became his country’s equal all-time record goalscorer as Belgium played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Mexico in Brussels.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Neymar, Brazil roll aside Japan with video help

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year’s World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1 in Friday’s international friendly in Lille.

The Paris Saint-Germain star rolled in a 10th-minute spot-kick following consultation with the video assistant referee, although Neymar saw a second penalty saved shortly after by Eiji Kawashima.

Stars on show for Brazil in Japan test

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Lille (France) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian stars, including the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, face Japan in Lille on Friday as both nations ramp up their preparations for the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil were the first team - aside from hosts Russia - to clinch their place at next year’s finals after romping through South American qualifying, while Japan will make a sixth straight appearance at the global showpiece.

Brazil’s Marquinhos at home ahead of Japan clash

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil’s Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos admitted he felt “very emotional” after training with his international teammates at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday ahead of their friendly against Japan.

The Brazil squad are using the Paris club as their headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday before heading off for Friday’s international friendly at Lille, in northern France.

Cerezo Osaka lift J-League Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Cerezo Osaka celebrated their first-ever domestic title after a 2-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League Cup final on Saturday.

Japan striker Kenyu Sugimoto stunned Kawasaki with a clinical finish after just 47 seconds before Brazilian midfielder Souza put the result beyond doubt deep into injury time in Saitama.

Cerezo Osaka lift J-League Cup

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s Cerezo Osaka celebrated their first-ever domestic title after a 2-0 victory over Kawasaki Frontale in the J-League Cup final on Saturday.

Japan striker Kenyu Sugimoto stunned Kawasaki with a clinical finish after just 47 seconds before Brazilian midfielder Souza put the result beyond doubt deep into injury time in Saitama.

Japan’s Reds stun Shanghai to reach Asian final

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Brazilian Rafael Silva snatched the winner as Japan’s Urawa Reds shocked star-studded Shanghai SIPG 1-0 at home on Wednesday to reach the Asian Champions League final.

The Reds advance to face Saudi giants Al Hilal in next month’s two-leg championship clash after holding on for a 2-1 aggregate win that ended Japan’s miserable recent run in Asia’s premier club competition.

Japan narrowly beat New Zealand in friendly

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Tokyo (AFP) – Shu Kurata smashed a late winner on Friday to give Japan a narrow 2-1 victory over New Zealand in their first international football friendly since they qualified for the World Cup.

Following a scoreless first half, Cologne forward Yuya Osako netted a 50-minute penalty for Japan after a handball at Toyota Stadium.

Japan narrowly beat New Zealand in friendly

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Tokyo (AFP) – Shu Kurata smashed a late winner on Friday to give Japan a narrow 2-1 victory over New Zealand in their first international football friendly since they qualified for the World Cup.

Following a scoreless first half, Cologne forward Yuya Osako netted a 50-minute penalty for Japan after a handball at Toyota Stadium.

Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

Reds stun Kawasaki to storm into Asian Champions League semis

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Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – Urawa Reds scored three goals in a 15-minute blitz to floor Japanese rivals Kawasaki Frontale 4-1 in a fiery encounter Wednesday and reach the Asian Champions League semi-finals.

Slovenian Zlatan Ljubijankic, Brazilian Rafael Silva and Toshiyuki Takagi all scored late goals against 10-man Kawasaki as the home side overturned a two-goal deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate.

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J League: Cerezo Osaka Match Begins With Monkey In Football Kit Politely Handing Ball Over To Referee (Video)

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You can always trust the J League to deliver when it comes to unfettered weirdness on a football pitch, and Sunday's crunch tie between Cerezo Osaka and Vissel Kobe was no exception.

The match itself was nothing out of the ordinary, with Osaka registering a straightforward 3-1 victory over Lukas Podolski's lot.

Record Breaker: Romelu Lukaku Moves Clear As Belgium’s New All-Time Top Scorer By Nodding In Goal No. 31 Against Japan (Video)

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After drawing level with a couple of poacher's goals against Mexico on Saturday, Romelu Lukaku took 72 minutes of Tuesday night's friendly against Japan to move clear as Belgium's all-time record goalscorer.

Lukaku notched the 31st goal of his international career (on his 65th appearance) when he nodded home Nacer Chadli's far-post cross from approximately 30 centimetres out.

Video: Romelu Lukaku scores vs Japan to make him Belgium’s all-time leading goalscorer

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has become Belgium's record goalscorer at the age of just 24. He scored in a friendly win over Japan...

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Brazil Coach Tite Makes Neymar Cry While Gushing About His ‘Big Heart’ In Post-Match Press Conference (Video)

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Things took a turn for the emotional shortly after Brazil comfortably saw off Japan in Friday's tea-time international friendly kick-off.

Having opened the scoring with a 10th-minute penalty, Neymar then missed another just a few minutes later before eventually being replaced by Douglas Costa for the latter stages at Lille's half-empty Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Set-Piece Pioneers: Japanese High School Team Successfully Deploy Ingenious ‘Walking Wall’ Freekick Ruse, 2016 (Video)

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These days it's positively ubiquitous, but as strange as it is to think, the world had never seen the now-humdrum "walking wall" set-piece routine before January of last year.

Largely uncredited as they may be for innovating and subsequently adding such an instant staple to the football repertoire, 'twas the football team from East Fukuoka High School who first demonstrated the Monkees-style routine.

United States

HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

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HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers.

HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

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HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers.

World Cup

Japan 2018 World Cup adidas Home Kit

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Japan debuted their adidas 2018 World Cup home during their 3-1 loss to Neymar and Brazil in Lille, France on Friday afternoon. The latest Samurai Blue primary jersey will be on sale atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer,Subside SportsandKitbag. The Japan 2018 World Cup home shirt takes inspiration from handcrafted Japanese Apparel Design.

Colombia Steal The Show As Adidas Stage Mass Unveiling Of 2018 World Cup Kits For Spain, Belgium, Japan, Argentina, Germany And Mexico (Photos)

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Speaking as folk who absolutely adored Colombia's retro-tinged 2014 World Cup offering, Pies are happy to announce that their 2018 uniform is, arguably, even more handsome.

Photo: @jamesrodriguez/Twitter

Would you just look at that? The alluring washed out yellow? The hints of classic trefoil on the flanks?

Haiti Special Edition Kit for 2017 Japan Friendly

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The Fédération Haïtienne de Football (FHF)have released a special edition white kit for Haiti's October 19th, 2017 international friendly with Japan inYokohama. Furnished by FHF technical sponsor Saeta, the jersey uses the same modern, slimfit design as the blue home shirt worn by the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers since their appearance at the2016 Copa [.

The Rest

The King Rolls On: J-League Veteran Kazuyoshi Miura Signs New Contract To Play Beyond 51st Birthday

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Good news for fans of near-antiquated footballers: the oldest active professional player in the world, Kazuyoshi Miura, has signed a new contract that will see him play on beyond his 51st birthday.

The man they call 'The King' has agreed a new deal with Yokohama FC that will see him begin the 33rd season of his extended career at the J2 League side.

Tom Byer and “Soccer Starts at Home” arrive in US

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By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 27, 2017) US Soccer Players - He's a household name in Japan, and increasingly so across East Asia as he's spread his particular gospel of youth development to China and points further afield. Yet in his native land, Tom Byer is the soccer equivalent of a rare import record, or perhaps a bootleg mixtape.