Soccer: Real Lift Club World Cup, But Kashima Win Praise

Soccer: Real lift Club World Cup, but Kashima win praiseWhile Kashima Antlers would love nothing more than to have won the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid on Sunday, they gained a precious consolation in their 4-2 extra-time defeat against the 11-time European champions: respect, on a worldwide level.

Soccer: Kashima Beat Nacional, 1st Asian Team To Reach Club Wc Final

Soccer: Kashima beat Nacional, 1st Asian team to reach Club WC finalKashima Antlers made Club World Cup history by becoming the first Asian team to reach the final after a 3-0 victory over Atletico National on Thursday, thanks to the aid of video assistant referees who awarded the J-League champions a critical first-half penalty.

Soccer: Real Madrid Arrives In Japan To Contest Club World Cup

Soccer: Real Madrid arrives in Japan to contest Club World CupHundreds of Japanese fans showed up at the crack of dawn to greet Real Madrid as they arrived in Japan on Monday to contest the Club World Cup.
Led by Cristiano Ronaldo, the European champions arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m. and were met by about 300 fans at Tokyo's Haneda airport before boarding a team bus.

Soccer: Kanazaki Header Sends Kashima Into Final Vs Urawa

Soccer: Kanazaki header sends Kashima into final vs UrawaMu Kanazaki's second-half goal proved to be the difference as Kashima Antlers reached the J-League championship playoff final with a 1-0 win at Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday.
Kashima will face Urawa Reds in the home-and-away final on Nov. 29 and Dec. 3. Urawa had an automatic place in the final as the team with the most points in the overall standings.

Soccer: Japan Beat Saudi Arabia, Rise To World Cup Qualification Spot

Soccer: Japan beat Saudi Arabia, rise to World Cup qualification spotJapan defeated Group B leaders Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday, moving into second place on goal difference after Australia were held to a shock 2-2 draw by last-place Thailand in Bangkok.
Behind goals from Genki Haraguchi, who became the first Japanese to score in four successive World Cup final qualifiers, and Hiroshi Kiyotake, Vahid Halilhodzic's men went level with the Saudis on 10 points, one ahead of the Socceroos.

Japan's 4-0 Win Over Oman Win Gives Halilhodzic Selection Headache For Saudi Game

Japan's 4-0 win over Oman win gives Halilhodzic selection headache for Saudi gameThe best thing for Japan about Friday’s 4-0 win over Oman wasn’t the scoreline, but perhaps the fact that coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave himself options for the fast-approaching World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
“We managed to produce a solid win for the next match,” said Japan captain Makoto Hasebe, who was rested on this night ahead of the Saudi Arabia game Tuesday.

Protests Put Asian Soccer Refs On The Spot

Protests put Asian soccer refs on the spotA rash of complaints about controversial decisions has put Asia’s soccer referees on the spot despite strenuous efforts to raise standards.
Japan and Thailand both lodged official protests after key decisions went against them in this month’s World Cup qualifiers, while standards are mixed at club level.

Soccer: Japan Down Thais To Post 1st Win Of Final World Cup Q'fying

Soccer: Japan down Thais to post 1st win of final World Cup q'fyingJapan got their World Cup qualifying final-round campaign up and running by beating Thailand 2-0 in Bangkok on Tuesday night for their first win in Asian zone Group B.
Genki Haraguchi opened the scoring in the 18th minute at a packed but rain-soaked Rajamangala Stadium, before Takuma Asano bagged the second with 15 minutes left in a victory that was far more comfortable than the final scoreline would suggest.