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Dec 6, 2012

Goal technology debuts in Club World Cup opener

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat part-timers Auckland City 1-0 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday when FIFA used goal-line technology for the first time.

Toshihiro Aoyama’s dipping drive in the 66th minute lit up a pedestrian encounter and sent the J-League champions into the quarter-finals where they will face Egypt’s Al-Ahly.

Dec 6, 2012

Soccer-Goal technology debuts in Club World Cup opener

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat part-timers Auckland City 1-0 in the opening game of the Club World Cup on Thursday when FIFA used goal-line technology for the first time.

Toshihiro Aoyama’s dipping drive in the 66th minute lit up a pedestrian encounter and sent the J-League champions into the quarter-finals where they will face Egypt’s Al-Ahly.

Dec 6, 2012

Pressure heightened for Chelsea’s Japan quest

TOKYO (Reuters) – Such is Rafael Benitez’s curse in a loveless marriage at Chelsea that a 6-1 win put his team under even more pressure before they fly out to compete at the Club World Cup in Japan.

Wednesday’s thrashing of Nordsjaelland was in vain as the London club became the first holders of the Champions League to be eliminated at the group stage.

Dec 6, 2012

Soccer-Pressure heightened for Chelsea’s Japan quest

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Such is Rafael Benitez’s curse in a loveless marriage at Chelsea that a 6-1 win put his team under even more pressure before they fly out to compete at the Club World Cup in Japan.

Wednesday’s thrashing of Nordsjaelland was in vain as the London club became the first holders of the Champions League to be eliminated at the group stage.

Dec 5, 2012

FIFA launch goal-line revolution in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Prompted into action by England midfielder’s Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, FIFA will use goal-line technology for the first time in Japan this week.

The technology will be employed in Thursday’s Club World Cup curtain raiser between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City as soccer’s governing body finally answers calls for it to join the 21st century.

Dec 5, 2012

Soccer-FIFA launch goal-line revolution in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Prompted into action by England midfielder’s Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup, FIFA will use goal-line technology for the first time in Japan this week.

The technology will be employed in Thursday’s Club World Cup curtain raiser between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Auckland City as soccer’s governing body finally answers calls for it to join the 21st century.

Dec 5, 2012

Troubled Chelsea seek solace in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Chelsea travel 6,000 miles to Japan next week seeking solace at the Club World Cup and a trophy to quell the growing discontent surrounding the appointment of interim coach Rafael Benitez.

In an ironic twist that will not be lost on Chelsea fans unhappy at Benitez’s arrival, FIFA will implement goal-line technology for the first time in an official tournament.

Dec 5, 2012

Soccer-Troubled Chelsea seek solace in Japan

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Chelsea travel 6,000 miles to Japan next week seeking solace at the Club World Cup and a trophy to quell the growing discontent surrounding the appointment of interim coach Rafael Benitez.

In an ironic twist that will not be lost on Chelsea fans unhappy at Benitez’s arrival, FIFA will implement goal-line technology for the first time in an official tournament.

Nov 30, 2012

Sumo wrestling – Japan’s ancient sport threatened in “age of convenience”

TOKYO (Reuters) – Aspiring sumo wrestler Mainoumi once convinced doctors to inject silicone into his scalp to meet height requirements for the ancient Japanese sport. Such sacrifice is a rarity now in a sport beset by scandals and with popularity at an all-time low.

With a history spanning centuries, sumo once graced the Imperial courts of Japan and wrestlers were held in the highest regard. Sponsors lavished gifts on the hulking giants and to join the ranks of the sumo was considered a worthy occupation.

Nov 30, 2012

Japan’s ancient sport threatened in ‘age of convenience’

TOKYO (Reuters) – Aspiring sumo wrestler Mainoumi once convinced doctors to inject silicone into his scalp to meet height requirements for the ancient Japanese sport. Such sacrifice is a rarity now in a sport beset by scandals and with popularity at an all-time low.

With a history spanning centuries, sumo once graced the Imperial courts of Japan and wrestlers were held in the highest regard. Sponsors lavished gifts on the hulking giants and to join the ranks of the sumo was considered a worthy occupation.