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AFP

Football: Messi vows to do ‘best’ under Valverde

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Tokyo (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi shied away from making major promises for the coming season Thursday, pledging only to do his “best” under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi said he was not familiar with Valverde’s style, but voiced cautious hope.

“Well, I say the exact same thing I say all the time,” he said at the team’s celebration of a new sponsorship deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten at its Tokyo headquarters.

Mizunuma brace leaves Sven seeing double in AFC Champions League

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Tokyo (AFP) A superb brace by Kota Mizunuma rocked Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG as they lost 2-1 to FC Tokyo in the AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Mizunuma's cheeky free kick routine put the hosts ahead just before half-time and he volleyed a stunning winner on 65 minutes, after Wu Lei had briefly put SIPG level.

Mizunuma brace leaves Sven seeing double in AFC Champions League

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Tokyo (AFP) A superb brace by Kota Mizunuma rocked Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG as they lost 2-1 to FC Tokyo in the AFC Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.

Mizunuma's cheeky free kick routine put the hosts ahead just before half-time and he volleyed a stunning winner on 65 minutes, after Wu Lei had briefly put SIPG level.

Japan

Japan football coach yellow-carded over car prang

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s under-fire football coach Vahid Halilhodzic has picked up a caution from his employers after he was involved in a minor traffic accident, local media reported Friday.

The 65-year-old’s car collided with another vehicle in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon, his second fender-bender in two years after running into a taxi in August 2015.

Japan’s Kagawa out of Iraq football World Cup clash

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan suffered a blow Thursday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa was ruled out of next week’s World Cup qualifier against Iraq after dislocating his shoulder.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder fell awkwardly in the 1-1 friendly draw with Syria in Tokyo on Wednesday, a warm-up for Tuesday’s match in neutral Iran.

Kagawa injury hits Japan World Cup qualifying preparations

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s World Cup qualifying preparations were dealt a blow Wednesday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa suffered a shoulder injury in a 1-1 home draw with Syria.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was stretchered off just nine minutes into the Tokyo friendly clutching his left shoulder after an awkward fall, and could be in doubt for next week’s Asian qualifier against Iraq.

Kagawa injury hits Japan World Cup qualifying preparations

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Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s World Cup qualifying preparations were dealt a blow Wednesday when playmaker Shinji Kagawa suffered a shoulder injury in a 1-1 home draw with Syria.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder was stretchered off just nine minutes into the Tokyo friendly clutching his left shoulder after an awkward fall, and could be in doubt for next week’s Asian qualifier against Iraq.

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.

Recovery Training

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Stephanie Amack fires with her left

Only the U.S. reserves trained today while the starters did a pool workout back at the hotel. The USA had to travel about 50 minutes to its training field, and while the bus ride was a bit long, it afforded the team a great tour of Tokyo and an understanding about just how vast this city is.

U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany And USA To Meet In Final After Superb Wins Over Japan, Nigeria

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Sunday's U-20 Women's World Cup Final clash has been set and after their splendid semi-final wins yesterday, Germany and USA perennial 'elites' in the women's game will meet in the final. To celebrate their 3-0 win over Japan in Tokyo last night, the German girls took off their socks and boots, went barefoot and did a lap of honour for the supportive Japanese fans.

Languagecaster Predictions: 6 pointers, top of the table clashes and Champions Leage

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A globe trotting list of games on this week\'s languagecaster predictions - Arsenal v Tigre, AC Milan v Barca, Kobe v Tokyo and more.

The Club World Cup is a farce

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FIFA's Club World Cup is again taking football down the wrong alley. FIFA is looking at the financial gains in organizing this competition instead of prioritizing the 3 key points that matter most:

  • Stay close to the fans of the competing clubs
  • Bring back the passion of a 2 leg competition in the home stadiums of the 2 finalists
  • Limit this to a European vs South American champion final (until other continents reach the same level of football excellence)

Instead of that, the current edition is played in the neutral grounds of Japan or UAE for so-called football promotion efforts and some degree of sponsorship pressure (thanks Toyota.

Mandy Laddish

Oh Tokyo!

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U.S. players with the BEST U-20 WWC team liaison in all of Japan, Hiromi!

The U.S. U-20 WNT players had their first chance to get a good look at Tokyo today on a short shopping excursion to and near the Shibuya area of Tokyo, i.e., right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

Oh Tokyo!

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U.S.players with the BEST U-20 WWC team liaison in all of Japan, Hiromi!

The U.S. U-20 WNT players had their first chance to get a good look at Tokyo today on a short shopping excursion to and near the Shibuya area of Tokyo, i.e., right smack in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

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U.S. U-20 women defeat Nigeria to advance to World Cup final

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The U.S. Under-20 women's national team will get a chance to make up for its one major blemish at this year's World Cup on the biggest possible stage.

Goals from Morgan Brian and Keaila Ohai lifted the U.S. U-20s to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in the semifinals at National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo Tuesday, putting them in position capture a third U-20 World Cup title.

Training at the National Stadium

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The U.S. had its pre-match training today at the Tokyo National Stadium, which will host both semifinal matches, and it certainly met with their approval. The 48,000-seat venue was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics and is in remarkably good shape for such an old venue.

The field is in fantastic condition and big crowds are expected for both matches with the bigger of course filing in to watch the Japan-Germany game at 7:30 p.

Training in Tokyo

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As the sun goes down in Tokyo, the USA hits the field for training

The U.S. U-20 WNT arrived in Tokyo on Sept. 1 and hit the training field in the afternoon. The cooler evening temperatures with a nice breeze were much appreciated by the U.S. team that had been training and playing in hot, muggy weather this entire trip.

Olympics

Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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Tokyo, the host for the semifinals, third-place match and championship game (as well as two group games and two quarterfinals) of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, is also one of thre finalists to for the 2020 Olympic Games along with Madrid, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey.

If the excellent organization of this tournament, which was staged on short notice after the competition was moved by FIFA from Uzbekistan, and the great fans, are any indication, Tokyo would host a fantastic Olympic Games.

Opening Ceremony London 2012 – David Beckham to light the flame – Pyrotechnics Football

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David Beckham , one of Great Britians true troopers was snubbed in the leadup to the London Olympics 2012. Snubbbed is such a posh word. Essentially he was told to turn around while the Team GB was picked , then he was kicked in the rear. In return , the LOCOG whom we've all grown [...]

Saitama

Calendario Mundial Femenil Sub 20 Japon

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Grupo A Sede



19/Ago - 05:20 Miyagi
Japón vs México 19/Ago - 02:20 Miyagi
Nueva Zelanda vs Suiza 22/Ago - 02:20 Miyagi
México vs Suiza 22/Ago - 05:20 Miyagi
Japón vs Nueva Zelanda 26/Ago - 05:20 Kobe
México vs Nueva Zelanda 26/Ago - 05:20 Tokyo
Suiza vs Japón





Grupo B Sede



19/Ago - 01:00 Saitama
Brasil vs Italia 19/Ago - 04:00 Saitama
Nigeria vs Rep.

Jogo 0545/2011 - Amistoso - Japão 3x0 Coréia do Sul

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Mais um jogo amistoso, foi disputado no dia 10/08/2011, na cidade de Sapporo, onde jogaram as seleções do Japão (14º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Coréia do Sul (28º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
1998Seoul 01/11/1997 KOR0:2 (0:2)JPN Segunda etapa1998Tokyo 28/09/1997 JPN1:2 (0:0)KOR Segunda etapa1994Doha 25/10/1993 JPN1:0 (0:0)KOR Rodada final1986Seoul 03/11/1985 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN Terceira etapa1986Tokyo 26/10/1985 JPN1:2 (1:2)KOR Terceira etapa1978Seoul 03/04/1977 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN Primeira Fase1978Tokyo 26/03/1977 JPN0:0KOR Primeira Fase1970Seoul 18/10/1969 JPN0:2 (0:2)KOR Primeira Fase1970Seoul 12/10/1969 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN Primeira Fase1962Tokyo 11/06/1961 JPN0:2 (0:1)KOR UEFA/AFC/CAF1962Seoul 06/11/1960 KOR2:1 (2:1)JPN UEFA/AFC/CAF1954Tokyo 14/03/1954 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN Primeira Fase1954Tokyo 07/03/1954 JPN1:5 (1:2)KOR Primeira Fase
Copa da Ásia
2011Doha 25/01/2011 JPN2:2 Prorr.

Jogo 0067/2011 - Copa da Ásia Semifinal - Japão 2x2 Coréia do Sul

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A primeira semifinal da Copa da Ásia de 2011, foi realizada no dia 25/01/2011, na cidade de Doha-QAT, no Al-Gharafa Stadium, onde jogaram as seleções do Japão (29º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção da Coréia do Sul (39º no ranking da FIFA).


Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
1998Seoul 01/11/1997 KOR0:2 (0:2)JPN Second stage1998Tokyo 28/09/1997 JPN1:2 (0:0)KOR Second stage1994Doha 25/10/1993 JPN1:0 (0:0)KOR Final round1986Seoul 03/11/1985 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN Third stage1986Tokyo 26/10/1985 JPN1:2 (1:2)KOR Third stage1978Seoul 03/04/1977 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN First stage1978Tokyo 26/03/1977 JPN0:0KOR First stage1970Seoul 18/10/1969 JPN0:2 (0:2)KOR First stage1970Seoul 12/10/1969 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN First stage1962Tokyo 11/06/1961 JPN0:2 (0:1)KOR UEFA/AFC/CAF1962Seoul 06/11/1960 KOR2:1 (2:1)JPN UEFA/AFC/CAF1954Tokyo 14/03/1954 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN First stage1954Tokyo 07/03/1954 JPN1:5 (1:2)KOR First stage
Copa da Ásia
2007Palembang 28/07/2007 KOR0:0 a.

Kagawa

United starlet reflects on ‘memorable’ day

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Manchester United signing Shinji Kagawa has returned to Tokyo after finalizing his transfer from German champions Borussia Dortmund but the youngster cannot stop reminiscing about his first day at the club.

Kagawa, 23, arrived in Manchester for an unveiling that required the completion of extensive paperwork, a thorough tour of the stadium and the training facility, and discussion regarding his jersey number next season.

Kagawa Turns Down #7 Shirt

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After returning from Manchester following his medical and contract signing, Shinji Kagawa landed in Tokyo's Narita Airport and confirmed to the Japanese press he had turned down the chance to wear the famous #7 shirt.

"I've just joined the team and haven't accomplished anything yet," Kagawa told journalists.

Major League Soccer

Choosing Soccer Over Baseball

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- There is a large number of American soccer fans who don't really care that another baseball season officially began last week when the Seattle Mariners played the Oakland A's in Tokyo. Opening Day will be this Thursday when the season gets underway in earnest for all Major League Baseball teams.

Travel Support In MLS

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First of all, sorry for the radio silence today. Just been one of those days at the office.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about a fantastic article  in The Guardian that goes into just how tough it can and has been for traveling fans in the US.

The average journey for North American fans is still one of the longest you would undertake in most other leagues; the bigger journeys are more expeditions than road trips; Portland Timbers fans going to New York is the same as going from London to Baghdad.

England

Languagecaster predictions: El Clásico and the Club World Cup

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The Club World Cup kicks off in Tokyo, there is El Clásico in La Liga and some big games in England, France and Italy on this week\'s languagecaster predictions.

OMG! Something’s not just the way I want it, ffs :(

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Morning all, I think I've got Arsecast anxiety. The 'cast will return next week but last night I dreamt I was a DJ on a radio station in Tokyo called Kiss FM.

I had to read a list of the top 5 albums of all time and it was bizarre. Like 5 Nhinti Krumpahoter "Vvvvvvvvvxxxx Me" and 4 Goshma\^brunOO) "Makajimi ➠௹✱⚉___@th" and I had no idea how to pronounce any of them.

Imagine there's no World Cup, it isn't hard to do.

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By Eric Beard, writing from Boston

The month-long celebration of the beautiful game clearly has a massive impact on football as a whole, but could the game still thrive without the world's biggest competition in sport every four years? Though not ideal, the hypocritical nature of FIFA's governing body that is in charge of such events forces this question.

Week 15: Predictions

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On this week's predictions we focus on the group stages of the Champions League with some fascinating match ups from teams around Europe. There is also the MLS Cup and some heavyweight match-ups in leagues in England and Germany, including the big North London derby .

Asian Cup

Sasa Ognenovski & Seongnam Want More Of The Same

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2010 was a year to remember for Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. The team from just south of Seoul not only won the Asian Champions League but went on to finish third place at the FIFA Club World Cup after meeting European champions Inter Milan.

It was even better for Sasa Ognenovski, a man looking forward to his third K-League season.

Sasa scores and wins Asia cup

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Safer hands than Jade.

Time to pick him for Socceroos. If we want to win the big boys Asian Cup, of course.

'SOCCEROO Sasa Ognenovski capped off a great week by scoring the opening goal to help Seongnam Ilhwa lift the Asian Champions League title after 3-1 win over Zobahan in the final in Tokyo'

The Rest

Cityscape

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The U.S. U-20 players have been doing quite a bit of resting and regen work since arriving in Tokyo, but of course they've had some time for a few walks around town. One took a few of the players to a government building close by that affored a fantastic view of Tokyo from the 45th floor.

Scenic Scenes

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A few of the more scenic pics from the USA's brief excursion in Tokyo today...



Amy LePeilbet, Rachel Buehler, Nicole Barnhart and Becky Sauerbrunn take in the sights




We bet the lanterns are even prettier at night




It's busy on a Sunday at the Nakmise shopping street




You know you feel peaceful just looking at this picture




We hope Michael Scott doesn't fall in here (kudos if you get The Office reference)




Kaminarimon Gate from the Sensoji Temple

FC Tokyo adidas 2012 Home and Away Kits

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F.C. Tokyo (FC東京) is a Japanese J. League soccer team that will return to the top-tier of Japanese soccer, the J. League Division 1 (J1), after a one year stint...

POTD : Barcelona’s Sumo Wrestler Fans

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How did we miss this classic photo of Barca's hardcore 'Sumo Wrestler' fans in Tokyo two weeks ago? Brilliant one guys! / via Reuters for Daylife

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Costa Rica replaces Japan in Copa America

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TOKYO, Japan Costa Rica has accepted an invitation to replace Japan in the Copa America, the soccer championship of South America. Japan withdrew Tuesday because of problems forming a team following March's earthquake and tsunami. Costa Rica will send a team of players mostly under 23, with five older players.

PUMA PowerCat 1.10 and v1.10 II Graphic Soccer Boots

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PUMA has launched brand new colorways of their popular PoweCat 1.10 II and v1.10 soccer boots. Both use Japanese-inspired designs with the PUMA PowerCat 1.10 Graphic boots also being known as the PUMA PowerCat 1.10 Tokyo. Meanwhile the new PUMA v1.10 is also called the PUMA v1.10 II Kanji. Here's a detailed look at both [.

Jogo 0692/2010 - Amistoso - Coréia do Sul 0x0 Japão

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Mais um amistoso foi realizado no dia 12/10/2010, na cidade de Seul, no Seoul World Cup Stadium, jogaram as seleções da Coréia do Sul (44º no ranking da FIFA) e a seleção do Japão (30º no ranking da FIFA).

Antes desse jogo, as 2 seleções jogaram:
Eliminatórias Copa do Mundo
1998Seoul 01/11/1997 KOR0:2 (0:2)JPN Second stage1998Tokyo 28/09/1997 JPN1:2 (0:0)KOR Second stage1994Doha 25/10/1993 JPN1:0 (0:0)KOR Final round1986Seoul 03/11/1985 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN Third stage1986Tokyo 26/10/1985 JPN1:2 (1:2)KOR Third stage1978Seoul 03/04/1977 KOR1:0 (0:0)JPN First stage1978Tokyo 26/03/1977 JPN0:0KOR First stage1970Seoul 18/10/1969 JPN0:2 (0:2)KOR First stage1970Seoul 12/10/1969 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN First stage1962Tokyo 11/06/1961 JPN0:2 (0:1)KOR UEFA/AFC/CAF1962Seoul 06/11/1960 KOR2:1 (2:1)JPN UEFA/AFC/CAF1954Tokyo 14/03/1954 KOR2:2 (2:1)JPN First stage1954Tokyo 07/03/1954 JPN1:5 (1:2)KOR First stage
Copa da Ásia
2007Palembang 28/07/2007 KOR0:0 a.