Coronavirus lockdown: Japan's Makino attempting the tablecloth trick is the content we need right now
With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.
With many training grounds off-limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they're adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?
ESPN will be keeping a daily eye on what the world's best are up to, as well as how clubs are keeping busy by battling in online competitions against each other.
The head of Japan soccer, who is also the vice-chairman of the Japan Olympic Committee, has tested positive for the coronavirus and apologized for possibly infecting others.
"I have slight fever and pneumonia ... but otherwise I'm doing fine," Kozo Tashima said in a statement released by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday.
Tashima visited Europe and the U.S. on football business from Feb. 28-March 8. He got himself tested after learning on Saturday that Serbian soccer association president...
Shinji Okazaki's spell with Spanish side Malaga has been cut short after less than four weeks.
The former Leicester City forward's contract was cancelled by mutual consent, with the club nor the player revealing the reason for parting ways.
However, Malaga were unable to register the Japan international as it would have exceeded the team's salary cap.
Okazaki, 33, joined Malaga as a free agent on July 30 with the Andalusian...
Japan and Ecuador were eliminated from the Copa America on Monday after their 1-1 draw gifted Paraguay a quarterfinal berth as one of the two best third-placed sides.
A win for either team would have guaranteed them a place in the last eight and Japan had the better of the early stages and took the lead in 15 minutes when Shoya Nakajima scored from 25 meters out.
Ecuador equalised 20 minutes later when Angel Mena pounced...