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Leicester fires title-winning manager Ranieri

Feb 24, 2017

Leicester fires title-winning manager Ranieri

Masterminding one of the greatest upsets in sporting history wasn’t enough for Claudio Ranieri to keep his job at Leicester. Ranieri was fired by Leicester on Thursday, nine months after the 65-year-old Italian manager guided the club to the English Premier League title at ...

Cerezo target J. League upset

Feb 23, 2017

Cerezo target J. League upset

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The following is the first of a two-part preview for the upcoming J. League season. Team-by-team previews of the nine lowest-ranking teams competing in the first division are listed. YOKOHAMA F. MARINOS Last season: 10th Marinos fans had high expectations when the City Football ...

Sevilla wins first leg; Vardy ends drought

Feb 23, 2017

Sevilla wins first leg; Vardy ends drought

Sevilla was unable to capitalize on its dominant performance in a 2-1 Champions League win over Leicester on Wednesday as Jamie Vardy scored a crucial goal — his first of the year — to keep the English champions alive in the round of 16. ...

Gamba off to winning start in Asian Champions League

Feb 22, 2017

Gamba off to winning start in Asian Champions League

Gamba Osaka kicked off its Asian Champions League campaign in style as the 2008 winner beat Adelaide United 3-0 away in Group H on Wednesday night Gamba took the lead through Shun Nagasawa’s header at Hindmarsh Stadium and Yasuyuki Konno crashed in the second ...

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

Feb 22, 2017

Antlers enter new campaign hungry for more success

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Kashima Antlers’ phenomenal end to last season has whetted, not sated, their appetite for more success, insists manager Masatada Ishii. Antlers rose from the ashes of an inconsistent J. League campaign that saw them finish third in the overall table — 15 points behind ...

City rallies past Monaco in wild first leg

Feb 22, 2017

City rallies past Monaco in wild first leg

Manchester City overcame an onslaught from Monaco’s prolific attack to score three late goals in 11 minutes for a 5-3 win in a wild Champions League game on Tuesday. The highest-scoring first leg in a Champions League knockout match was breathless from start to ...

Reds, Antlers open Asian Champions League campaign with victories

Feb 21, 2017

Reds, Antlers open Asian Champions League campaign with victories

It was a resounding night for J. League clubs in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, as both Urawa Reds and Kashima Antlers launched their continental campaign with wins over Western Sydney Wanderers and Ulsan Hyundai, respectively. Urawa got things going with a 4-0 ...

Feb 21, 2017

Spanish court nixes Neymar, Barcelona appeals

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star’s transfer from Santos in 2013. The decision brings the possibility of the player and club facing trial a step closer. Neymar’s arrival from Brazil’s ...

Feb 21, 2017

Brazil fires Olympic soccer coach Micale

Brazil’s soccer confederation has fired the coach who led Neymar and company to the country’s first Olympic soccer gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Confederation spokesman Gregorio Fernandes confirmed on Monday that youth division coach Rogerio Micale was removed after Brazil failed to qualify ...

Sutton United provides tough test for Arsenal

Feb 21, 2017

Sutton United provides tough test for Arsenal

Relief for Arsenal, pride for Sutton United. On the plastic patch at tiny Gander Green Lane Stadium, the gulf in class between teams separated by 105 places in the English soccer pyramid but pitted against each other in the F.A. Cup was not always ...

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Feb 20, 2017

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 ...