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Nov 20, 2014

Wigan condemned for hiring Mackay

Wigan was condemned by English soccer’s anti-discrimination organization for hiring Malky Mackay as its manager on Wednesday while he is still under investigation for offensive comments. Since August, the English Football Association has been looking into a dossier from Mackay’s time as Cardiff manager, ...

Nov 20, 2014

Japan awarded friendly forfeit win

Japan has been awarded a 3-0 win over Venezuela after the South Americans were found to have fielded an ineligible player during their friendly in September. Soccer’s governing body FIFA has amended the result of the Sept. 9 game in Yokohama, which ended in ...

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

Nov 19, 2014

Honda says veterans vital for Japan

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda believes Japan has reaped the benefit of recalling a number of seasoned veterans and says experience will be crucial to the Samurai Blue’s chances of retaining their Asian Cup title in Australia in January. New coach Javier Aguirre used ...

Nov 18, 2014

Qatari whistle-blower miffed at judge

A Qatari whistle-blower has lodged a complaint about her treatment in the World Cup bid corruption report by FIFA’s judge, and the English Football Association demanded the release of the full corruption investigation on Monday. Former Qatar bid worker Phaedra Almajid told AP that ...

Nov 17, 2014

Socceroos expecting tough clash with Japan

by Gus Fielding

It may only be a warm-up for the upcoming Asian Cup, but Australia captain Mile Jedinak is predicting an intense encounter when the Socceroos take on Japan in Tuesday’s friendly in Osaka. In a long-running rivalry between the two teams, Australia have won seven, ...

Nov 17, 2014

Hiddink feels heat despite Dutch win

Speculation over the future of Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink dominated the Dutch media on Monday even after Sunday’s comprehensive 6-0 win over Latvia revived the team’s Euro 2016 qualification campaign. It was fueled by the 68-year-old coach himself after the win in the Amsterdam ...

Nov 16, 2014

Wada expected to replace Kawakatsu as Kyoto Sanga manager

Former Vissel Kobe manager Masahiro Wada is likely to succeed Ryoichi Kawakatsu as manager of second-division club Kyoto Sanga next season, informed sources told Kyodo News on Sunday. Under the 56-year-old Kawakatsu who took the helm during the 2014 season, Kyoto has languished in ...

Nov 16, 2014

Pele discharged from hospital

A Brazilian hospital said Pele has been discharged after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones. A statement from the Albert Einstein Hospital said that the soccer legend left on Saturday. It offered no other information. The 74-year-old Pele was hospitalized Wednesday evening after canceling ...

Nov 16, 2014

Welbeck brace carries England

England fought back from behind to beat Slovenia 3-1 in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday as some of the continent’s minnows again enjoyed outstanding results. A turgid Group E encounter at Wembley came to life just before the hour mark when Jordan Henderson headed ...

Nov 15, 2014

Faeroes stun Greece; Ranieri prepares to be fired

Greece continued its disastrous run in European Championship qualifying on Friday with a humiliating 1-0 defeat to the Faeroe Islands, while Northern Ireland surrendered its lead in Group F to Romania after a 2-0 defeat in Bucharest. The result in Piraeus is almost certain ...