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Kashima Antlers meet their Galacticos-challenging destiny

And they’re gunning for Cristiano Ronaldo in particular (Kashima Antlers) When you’re currently 11th in the J-League and you’re representing a town of 70,000, it doesn’t seem like you’d be poised to make the FIFA Club World Cup, let alone make a run that puts you in the final. But that’s the happy position that …

Japanese clubs to wear kits with dog and eagle faces on them

(JEF United) Japanese second division club JEF United Ichihara Chiba are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a legends match against Tokyo Verdy and both clubs will wear special kits that should make goal celebrations a little extra enjoyable. Since JEF United’s mascot is an Akita Inu, the club will wear a dog themed kit. (JEF …

They Play Pretty Good High-School Soccer in Japan

Last week’s top soccer moments By Dan Stelly | Photo via WAATP Goal kick –> header –> header –> control, flick, and volley –> top corner. Tamano-Konan, playing in Japan’s national high school tournament, put together one of the greatest goals you’ll see all year. [Source: Youtube] Romelu Lukaku showed off his technique with a pinpoint, …

It’s the final countdown!

Five matches you don’t want to miss By David Rudin | Image via Cecil W Stoughton *All times listed are for Eastern Standard Time. Friday, July 3 USA vs. Guatemala7:00pm / FS1 The USMNT has experienced recent friendly success, but this is their only official tune-up match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off next Tuesday. Michael Bradley …

Japan performed a mind bending celebration after beating England

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HoRFFxeIBHs While England wept and wondered what they had done to deserve the cruelest of sporting fates after losing their Women’s World Cup semifinal 2–1 on a last-minute own goal, the ecstatic Japanese players did…whatever this is. I don’t know what they’re doing, I don’t know why they’re doing it, but I do know that …

The Copa America Really is One Big Party

Last week’s top soccer moments By Dan Stelly | Photo via Tribun Network A back-heel, a dummy, and a superb, curling finish from Mizuho Sakaguchi — Japan’s eventual game-winner against the Netherlands ticked all of the boxes. [Source: Streamable] Eric Ayuk lashed home a volley after clever buildup play from the Philadelphia Union. [Source: Streamable] Take note, Petr …