Soccer: Kashima keeper Sogahata retires with 5th-most J1 games

Kashima Antlers and former Japan international keeper Hitoshi Sogahata announced his retirement Thursday, ending his career with 533 appearances in the J-League’s first division. The 41-year-old Sogahata, who is fifth in career J1 games, came out of the Antlers’ youth program. He made his senior debut in 1998 and won a host of titles with his only club, including three straight J1 titles from 2007. He played in one game this past season. With Antlers, he won seven J1 titles, four Emperor’s Cups and five League Cups as well as one Asian Champions League in a glittering career. “I was born and r…

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