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    The Golden State Warriors are celebrating Oakland in style with their new Oakland Forever jerseys, which pay homage to the iconic We Believe team of 2006-07

    Golden State Warriors celebrate Oakland with Oakland Forever City Edition jerseys, Presented by Rakuten

    On January 20, the Golden State Warriors celebrated Oakland in style as they took to the floor against the San Antonio Spurs wearing the 2020-21 Nike City Edition jerseys for the first time. Since the league introduced City Edition uniforms before the 2017-18 season, the Warriors have been turning heads and honoring the Bay Area community with their designs, from the golden “The Bay” jersey w…

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    Vissel Kobe had an incredible 2020 run in cup competitions, but it also showed the world that the club is on the verge of becoming the top team in Asia.

    How Vissel Kobe entered the elite ranks of club soccer in Asia

    For the second match in succession, Vissel Kobe’s fate looked like it would be decided in a penalty shootout. But the momentum that carried them through their AFC Champions League quarterfinal victory left them in the semi-finals, which saw the team fall in defeat to a penalty goal in the 119th minute. It was an agonizing end to Vissel’s incredible 2020 run in cup competitions, but it also s…

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    In their first AFC Champions League match since February, Vissel handed Guangzhou Evergrande FC of China a 3-1 defeat to go to the top of Group G.

    Vissel Kobe resumes pursuit of AFC Champions League glory

    On November 25, Rakuten Group’s Vissel Kobe reached another milestone on their quest to become the No. 1 soccer club in Asia. The AFC Champions League resumed action in Qatar. In their first match in the competition since February, Vissel handed rivals Guangzhou Evergrande FC of China a 3-1 defeat to go to six points and put themselves at the top of Group G. With two more matches to go for V…

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    “Break Point: A Davis Cup Story” offers a court-level look at the tennis world's most prestigious team tournament, now available on Rakuten TV.

    Break Point: New Davis Cup documentary serves up triumph and tragedy on Rakuten TV

    The 2019 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals produced tennis matches of the highest level set against a backdrop of incredibly personal stories and emotional struggles. While we may already know the result — Spain defeated Canada to capture their sixth title in the tennis world’s oldest and most significant team tournament — Break Point: A Davis Cup Story, the new original documentary presented by Rakuten…

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    U.S. fans of Asian entertainment can enjoy their favorite movies and shows together, even while apart, thanks to Viki’s new virtual Watch Parties feature.

    Rakuten Viki launches private Watch Parties to bring fans together (even while they’re apart)

    U.S. fans of Asian entertainment can now enjoy their favorite movies and shows together — even if they’re hundreds of miles apart — thanks to Rakuten Viki’s new virtual Watch Parties feature. With over 1,400 TV shows and movies from Korea, Japan, mainland China, Taiwan and Thailand, Rakuten Viki is known as the online destination for Asian dramas and movies. The platform’s innovative community sub…

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    Rakuten and FC Barcelona have unveiled a larger-than-life mosaic made up of 46,000 crowdsourced fan photos arranged into the image of Barca stars.

    “The Big Picture” unveiled at Barca’s Camp Nou: A tribute to fans around the world

    For FC Barcelona’s global fanbase, there’s nothing more exciting than walking through the hallowed grounds of Camp Nou stadium to catch a home game. To be in the stands, overlooking the pitch where legends like Messi, Ronaldinho, Xavi and Iniesta made their mark on soccer history, is an experience prized by every supporter of the garnet and blue. But it isn’t only what’s inside the stadium that ma…

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    A special thank you message to everyday heroes, fans, athletes and Rakuten members around the world for spreading optimism and keeping sports alive.

    Keeping sports alive: Global stars and everyday heroes

    Earlier this month, Rakuten Sports released a special thank you message to fans, athletes and Rakuten members around the world for helping spread optimism and keeping sports alive during the year’s unprecedented string of league and event suspensions. Rakuten believes in the power of sports. The video, which features an extraordinary cast of global superstars, including Stephen Curry, Lionel Messi…

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    This could arguably become the greatest comeback in the history of sports

    Rahul Kadavakolu, Global Sports Business and Global Brand Supervisory Department, Rakuten, Inc. After World War I, the Spanish flu devastated global sports. Multiple sources recount cancellations of soccer and boxing matches. The hockey Stanley Cup final was called off. While professional baseball struggled on, legendary star Babe Ruth was emerging as one of the world’s greatest players when…

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    In the summer of 2019, FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC visited Japan for the inaugural Rakuten Cup. "The Fans" tells the story from the fans' perspective.

    The Fans: New Rakuten original documentary on the passion behind global soccer

    In the summer of 2019, two of the world’s top soccer squads — FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC — visited Japan to join Vissel Kobe in the inaugural Rakuten Cup, a historic mini-tournament organized by Rakuten. While the matches served mainly as an exhibition for fans, to avid supporters of the three clubs the opportunity to see their favorite teams face-off against each other in Japan was a dream come…

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