Soccer: Manager Soma stepping down after guiding Antlers to 4th place


Kashima Antlers manager Naoki Soma will step down at the end of the season, the J-League first-division side said Sunday. The 50-year-old former Japan left-back was promoted from his coaching role after Antonio Carlos Zago was sacked in April following a poor start to the season. Soma rebuilt the team and guided his old club to a fourth-place J1 finish. The Antlers fell one place short of automatic qualification for next season's Asian Champions League but will receive a berth if J1 champions Kawasaki Frontale also win the Emperor's Cup. Kashima have only had Japanese or Brazilian managers sin...

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