football

How do you explain Japan’s historic World Cup win against Germany to the common man?

Japan beating Germany 2-1 was pretty incredible, and we explain just how so using Dragon Ball, women’s wrestling and… monetary measures?

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Japanese soccer team fined 20 million yen because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines

Fine was the highest in the football league’s history.

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500-Step Soccer: A new sport from Mizuno and World Yuru Sports Association

Improve your game 500 steps at a time.

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AI-powered Super Great Robo Goalkeeper employed at sports center in Saitama

I wouldn’t put it past Teppeki-kun.

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Domino’s Pizza and Japanese American football go head-to-head to see who has the better Rice Bowl

A pizza chain and sports league clash on the field of social media.

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Kubipan Soccer — the hot new sport set to sweep the nation… maybe

We play soccer with our pants up to our necks and battle some childhood demons along the way.

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Nike commercial addresses bullying and racism in Japan, riles up debate online【Video】

Video gets more dislikes than likes, proving just how much Japanese society needs to watch this right now.

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Official Captain Tsubasa Twitter account wishes everyone a confusing Mother’s Day

This year let’s give thanks to our mothers for remembering the times we almost died.

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DBZ in the NFL: Professional football players celebrate touchdown with Dragon Ball dance【Video】

Football is a team sport, so what better way to celebrate a score than with an anime technique to combine two heroes?

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Japan’s Samurai Blue soccer team sends autographed jerseys to survivors of Thai cave ordeal

The spirit of sport connects us all.

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Get US$442 for four hours of having football star Shunsuke Nakamura kick balls near (or at) you

New collaboration between part-time job hunting app an and Soccer King means you can fulfill your childhood dream of being a wall when you grow up.

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Japanese football fans shocked at North Korean fans, for a good reason!

North Korean fans tidy up after themselves and leave the away fans’ section of the Ajinomoto stadium spotless.

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FIFA 18 Nintendo Switch version’s colour-blind bugs level the playing field 【Video】

Detective Conan-like criminal silhouettes invade the pitch in Switch-specific glitch.

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Now you can buy cough-drop flavoured Kit Kats in Japan

Containing real throat lozenge powder, this new release is one of the most unusual Kit Kats seen in Japan to date.

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Tom Brady thinks a Pokémon character might have stolen his Super Bowl jersey

Pikachu is in the clear, but the pro football player suspects one of his anime co-stars might be guilty of the crime.

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Japanese fan seemingly upset at Brazil soccer win trolls Tokyo Game Show toilet

Considering soccer is one sport Japanese athletes both male and female excel at compared to others, it’s easy to see why there’s so many fans of the Japan National and Women’s National Football Teams.

That’s why it may not be so surprising that after the men’s soccer team’s humiliating 0-4 defeat against Brazil last year, fans were feeling a little sour. But just how long do sports grudges last? Apparently quite awhile if you go by this picture of a certain popular Brazilian player that someone stuck in one of the urinals at the most-recent Tokyo Game Show.

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Keisuke Honda’s award-winning fragrance leaves some wondering if his head is still in the game

It’s safe to say that the current main sports in Japan are baseball and soccer. The older of the two, Japanese baseball, can be defined by its players’ almost militaristic commitment to the game developed through the harsh training they undergo as youths.

However, with soccer, it’s not uncommon to see players with shaggy long hair or even dye jobs, and along with that a new attitude to playing professional sports in Japan. As a result, the nation may be witnessing its first true sports celebrity in Keisuke Honda: AC Milan and Japanese National Team forward and now an award-winning perfumer.

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World-famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to Japanese concert: Do not want 【Video】

Portuguese celebrity soccer/football player Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to the bizarre side of Japan. And usually, he’s a real trooper about it. Whatever you may think of the man, you can’t deny that he’s done some pretty amazing things while in Japan, and has won the hearts of all soccer fans all over the country.

Except for the most recent event he’s participated in. Ronaldo attended a small concert broadcast on Japanese TV, and he was not looking thrilled about it at all. Just how miserable was he – and how miserable was the concert too? Watch the video after the jump and find out!

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Italian newspaper claims referees in Korea-Japan World Cup were paid to make bad calls

The 2002 FIFA World Cup was a landmark event for soccer (or football for the majority of the world). It was the first World Cup to be held in Asia, and also the only one to be jointly held by two countries: South Korea and Japan.

Unfortunately it was also a standout event for several suspicious, South Korea-favoring, referee calls that were made. The scandal has lain dormant for over a decade, but is now resurfacing following the recent arrest of several FIFA officials, at least one of whom has been linked back to the dubious referee decisions made in the 2002 tournament.

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Japanese Internet commenters react to video of Ronaldo standing up for kid

Cristiano Ronaldo is, undoubtedly, one of the most beloved footballers in the world, and that holds true for Japan as well. And it’s hardly surprising! Not only is he a skilled athlete, he’s also a drop-dead gorgeous man. Like Don Draper in cleats, we suppose.

And in a video from last year that’s getting tons of attention now, Ronaldo also proves that he’s a true gentleman! But what do Japanese commenters think about the video?

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