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Star Neymar eager to shine in upcoming season

by Andrew Mckirdy

Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar insists he has almost recovered from the injury that ended his World Cup dream, and is raring to go for the new club season. Neymar responded to the expectations of the host nation by leading Brazil to the semifinals of last month’s World Cup, scoring ...

Jul 29, 2014

Messi tax fraud case to go ahead

A Spanish judge on Monday rejected a prosecutor’s request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed. A court statement said there is “sufficient evidence” to believe the Barcelona and ...

Jul 27, 2014

Rooney scores brace against Roma

Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Juan Mata’s goal — all in the first half — in Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over AS Roma on Saturday in the International Champions Cup. Manchester United was coming off a 7-0 exhibition victory over Major League ...

Chelsea reunites with star Drogba

Jul 26, 2014

Chelsea reunites with star Drogba

Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of the sport’s most theatrical characters with flamboyant Blues manager Jose Mourinho. The Cote d’Ivoire striker, who was a free agent after stints with China’s Shanghai Shenhua and Turkey’s Galatasaray, signed a season-long deal with the ...

Jul 25, 2014

Hannover acquires midfielder Kiyotake

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has been acquired by German first-division side Hannover, the Bundesliga club announced Friday. Kiyotake, who represented Japan at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, had been playing for relegated Nuremberg since leaving Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2012. His ...

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 25, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

by Andrew Mckirdy

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...

Jul 25, 2014

Lampard joins New York City FC

New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract on Thursday. “Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself.” Lampard said at a news ...

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

Jul 24, 2014

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

by Andrew Mckirdy

The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan’s new national team manager. Aguirre, who has twice led Mexico at the World Cup and has managed several club teams in Spain and his native country, succeeds Alberto Zaccheroni after the ...

Jul 24, 2014

Loew staying as Germany coach

World Cup champion Joachim Loew says he will remain as Germany’s coach through the 2016 European Championship. There was speculation Loew could step down after Germany won the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final in Rio de Janeiro 10 ...

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Jul 23, 2014

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Former Asian club champions Urawa Reds tightened their grip on top spot in the first division on Wednesday with a 2-0 win away to rock-bottom Tokushima Vortis, setting a J. League record in the process with a seventh consecutive clean sheet. Defender Tomoaki Makino ...

Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

Jul 23, 2014

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at ...