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Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Jun 22, 2016

Croatia condemns Spain to Italy showdown at Euros

Spain’s long unbeaten run at the European Championship ended when Croatia rallied for a stunning 2-1 win on Tuesday, sending the two-time champions into an intense, high-profile knockout match against Italy in the round of 16. Ivan Perisic’s 87th-minute winner for Croatia not only ...

Jun 21, 2016

J. League set to sign lucrative broadcast deal

The J. League is set to sign a major broadcasting rights deal worth an annual total of ¥1.1 billion ($10.5 million) with various domestic and overseas firms from next season, sources familiar with the matter said Monday. The deal, with companies including British sports ...

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Jun 21, 2016

Usami out for revenge in return to Bundesliga

Gamba Osaka forward Takashi Usami said Tuesday he is returning to the Bundesliga this summer with an agenda. The 24-year-old spent two seasons, from the age of 19, in Germany but returned to Japan in 2013 with precious little to show for his efforts. ...

Wales blasts Russia to win group as Bale scores again

Jun 21, 2016

Wales blasts Russia to win group as Bale scores again

Gareth Bale made it three goals in three games as Wales overwhelmed Russia 3-0 on Monday to reach the knockout stages of the European Championship for the first time. Playing in its first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, Wales defied expectations to ...

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Jun 20, 2016

Usami returning to Germany with Augsburg

Japan forward Takashi Usami will join Augsburg on a four-year deal from Gamba Osaka subject to a medical later this month, the German side announced Monday. Usami, set to hold a press conference on Tuesday, has scored five goals in 16 league games this ...

Jun 20, 2016

Japan names squad to face South Africa in Olympic warmup

Japan’s Under-23s coach Makoto Teguramori named a 21-man squad on Monday to face fellow Olympic participant South Africa on June 29. Coming two days before Teguramori names his 18-man team for the Rio de Janeiro Games, the South Africa clash at Matsumoto Stadium will ...

Jun 20, 2016

Wenger says Vardy will stay at Leicester

Striker Jamie Vardy is likely to turn down a move to Arsenal and stay at Premier League champion Leicester City, the north London club’s manager, Arsene Wenger, has said. British media reported earlier this month that Arsenal, Premier League runners-up last season, had triggered ...

Switzerland joins host France in final 16

Jun 20, 2016

Switzerland joins host France in final 16

France and Switzerland settled for a 0-0 draw that suited both sides, while Albania staked its claim to a place in the last 16 of the European Championship by eliminating Romania in a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Two years ago in Brazil, France overran ...

'King Kazu' rewrites record

Jun 19, 2016

'King Kazu' rewrites record

Kazuyoshi Miura rewrote history as he headed in his first goal of the season at the age of 49 on Sunday, improving his own record of the oldest scorer in the J. League during Yokohama FC’s 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in ...

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

Jun 19, 2016

Cerezo bring Yamaguchi back from Germany

German second-division side Hannover announced Sunday it had reached an agreement to send Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi back to his old J. League club, second-division outfit Cerezo Osaka. In a statement released by Hannover, Yamaguchi said: “It was good to come to know a ...

Japan names Koroki as final overage player for Rio

Jun 19, 2016

Japan names Koroki as final overage player for Rio

Urawa Reds striker Shinzo Koroki was named the Japan Football Association’s third and final overage player for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday. Koroki, pending successful discussions with the player and his club, will join defenders Tsukasa Shiotani (Sanfrecce Hiroshima) and Hiroki ...

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Jun 19, 2016

Messi powers Argentina into semis

Lionel Messi had the ball along the sideline, closer to midfield than the goal, in what seemed to be a harmless position. One well-placed pass later, the ball was in the net and Argentina was on its way to a Copa America semifinal matchup ...