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Japanese J League

Osaka, Yokohama picked as 2015 Club World Cup host cities

ZURICH -- FIFA says Osaka and Yokohama will be host cities for the 2015 Club World Cup in Japan.

The Nagai Stadium in Osaka previously hosted the athletics world championships in 2007 and three matches at the 2002 World Cup.

The International Stadium in Yokohama staged the 2002 World Cup final and has previously hosted six Club World Cup finals.

The Club World Cup includes champions of FIFA's six continental confederations plus the host nation's league title winner. Auckland City and Club America...

'Japanese Messi' Takefusa Kubo signs for FC Tokyo from Barcelona

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Ross Dyer weigh on the Champions League final, and Alejandro contends that Barcelona might be to much for the Italian giants to handle.
Takefusa Kubo has been tipped for a bright future.

TOKYO -- Japanese club FC Tokyo have signed 13-year-old prospect Takefusa Kubo from Barcelona.

Kubo, who earned the nickname the 'Japanese Messi', signed with Barcelona in 2011 to train at La Masia academy but FIFA ruled that the Spanish club violated international transfer regulations over the signing of young players, forcing the teenager to return home.

After being handed a 14-month transfer ban, Barcelona are now unable to recruit any new players until the 2016 January window while Kubo, who...