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Oliveira's rapid-fire hat trick powers Reysol past Frontale

Brazilian striker Diego Oliveira scored a first-half hat trick as Kashiwa Reysol clipped high-flying Kawasaki Frontale’s wings with a 5-2 win in the J. League first division on Saturday. Oliveira struck twice in the first five minutes and Akimi Barada grabbed a third for the visitors after Kentaro Moriya had ...

Aug 27, 2016

Arsenal loans out Asano to Stuttgart

Japan forward Takuma Asano will open his first season in Europe in the second division of Germany’s Bundesliga on a loan deal, Arsenal announced Friday. Asano, who has been named to the squad for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and ...

Aug 26, 2016

Henry joins Belgium coaching staff

Thierry Henry will be an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as the squad start its bid to qualify for the next World Cup finals in Russia. The former France striker joins Martinez’s former Everton assistant Graeme Jones on the team’s coaching staff ...

Aug 26, 2016

Manchester City, Barcelona set for Champions League encounters

Manchester City’s new coach Pep Guardiola will be heading back to Barcelona after the Premier League club was pitted against his former team in the Champions League draw on Thursday. Guardiola, who also spent most of his playing career at the Catalan club, steered ...

Aug 26, 2016

Ronaldo named Europe's top player

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real ...

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 25, 2016

Striker Muto named to Japan squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic recalled Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto on Thursday as he named a 24-man squad for the upcoming Asian final-round World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and Thailand. Muto returns after a lengthy spell sidelined with an injury, joining a strong ...

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Aug 25, 2016

Blatter makes appearance at CAS to appeal six-year ban

Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), on Thursday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer. The 80-year-old, who headed soccer’s global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June ...

Aug 25, 2016

U.S. goalkeeper Solo receives six-month suspension

U.S. women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo was suspended Wednesday for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans’ early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” for focusing on defense rather than attacking the ...

Aug 25, 2016

Clarke to start new job as F.A. chairman

Greg Clarke has been confirmed as the new chairman of the English Football Association, the governing body said on Wednesday. Clarke takes over as the permanent successor to Greg Dyke after being approved by the F.A. Board on July 22. The 48-year-old’s appointment was ...

Aug 25, 2016

Robbie Keane to close out Ireland career against Oman

Robbie Keane will retire from international play for Ireland after a match with Oman next week in Dublin. The LA Galaxy captain made the announcement Wednesday through his MLS club. The 36-year-old Keane is Ireland’s longtime captain and career leader in goals (67) and ...

Man City cruises into Champions League in Hart's farewell

Aug 25, 2016

Man City cruises into Champions League in Hart's farewell

Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach built on commanding first-leg advantages to cruise through the Champions League playoffs on Wednesday, while Russian side Rostov thrashed Ajax 4-1 to reach the group stage for the first time. City will play a sixth straight season in Europe’s ...

Aug 24, 2016

Jubilo rallies past Avispa for first victory in second stage

Jubilo Iwata secured its first win in the second stage by coming from behind to beat J. League bottom side Avispa Fukuoka 3-2 away in Wednesday’s only fixture. Greek defender Avraam Papadopoulos provided the 69th-minute winner with a header for Jubilo, who went into ...