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Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

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Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season. Turkish media last week reported that World Cup-winner Podolski — Germany’s all-time third-highest ...

United tops Blackburn to reach quarterfinals

Feb 20, 2017

United tops Blackburn to reach quarterfinals

Manchester United turned to Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come to the holders’ rescue and eliminate second-tier Blackburn in the F.A. Cup on Sunday. The duo came off the bench with around 30 minutes remaining at Ewood Park and combined to complete United’s ...

Non-league Lincoln reaches F.A. Cup quarterfinals

Feb 19, 2017

Non-league Lincoln reaches F.A. Cup quarterfinals

The players and coaches of non-league team Lincoln wandered the field, some singing and celebrating between themselves, some on their phones to family and friends, others just in shock at the size of their achievement. Behind one of the goals, the club’s jubilant supporters ...

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Feb 18, 2017

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Stadium are more than just places to play. They also have the potential to revitalize communities. The J. League understands this and has encouraged its domestic professional clubs and local administrations to build better, more attractive venues. Last year, Suita City Football Stadium, widely ...

Feb 17, 2017

Wenger insists he'll coach next season

Arsene Wenger says he wants to continue coaching next season, even if it’s not at Arsenal. The Frenchman’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season. He has yet to commit to extending a reign that began in 1996, saying a decision ...

Ibrahimovic nets hat trick as Man United rolls

Feb 17, 2017

Ibrahimovic nets hat trick as Man United rolls

The goals continued to flow for Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko as they bagged hat-tricks to help their teams take commanding leads in the first legs of their Europa League last 32 ties on Thursday. United swept aside St. Etienne ...

Feb 16, 2017

FIFA chief Infantino supports co-hosting for 2026 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday he intends to encourage co-hosting for the 2026 World Cup that could divide the tournament up between as many as four countries. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because we need FIFA to show we ...

Feb 16, 2017

Emperor's Cup final to be staged at Saitama Stadium

This season’s Emperor’s Cup final will be held at Saitama Stadium and there will be an increase in prize money for the winners, the Japan Football Association said on Thursday. In a bid to improve the competition, prize money for the champions of the ...