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FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

May 26, 2016

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

Urawa Reds mounted a remarkable extra-time comeback against FC Seoul but conceded a last-minute equalizer for a 3-3 draw on aggregate, and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on penalties 7-6 on Wednesday in a frenetic round-of-16 encounter. Holding a 1-0 lead ...

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

May 25, 2016

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

A brace from little-used Shohei Otsuka just kept Kawasaki alive in the Nabisco Cup as Frontale defeated Group B leaders Vegalta Sendai 2-1 on Wednesday. Otsuka opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before doubling Kawasaki’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Ramon ...

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

May 25, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things ...

Mourinho, Man Utd. agree to terms

May 25, 2016

Mourinho, Man Utd. agree to terms

English soccer’s biggest club seems to have secured the services of the sport’s most colorful manager after Jose Mourinho agreed to personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday, according to Sky TV reports. After a trophy-laden career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real ...

May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...

Man United fires van Gaal, expected to appoint Mourinho

May 24, 2016

Man United fires van Gaal, expected to appoint Mourinho

Replacing Alex Ferguson is proving harder than Manchester United could ever have imagined. United is looking for its third manager since Ferguson’s trophy-laden 26-year dynasty ended in 2013 after firing Louis van Gaal on Monday following months of uncertainty around his position. Jose Mourinho ...

Barcelona claims domestic double

May 23, 2016

Barcelona claims domestic double

Barcelona finished its season on a high by capturing the Copa del Rey title to add to its Spanish League trophy won just a week ago. Jordi Alba scored seven minutes into extra time and Neymar sealed the victory late to give Barcelona a ...

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

May 22, 2016

Japan loses to Paraguay in Toulon opener

Japan’s Rio Olympic-bound Under-23s got off to a losing start at the Toulon International Tournament on Saturday, Makoto Teguramori’s men going down 2-1 to Paraguay in Group B. Paraguay, which has brought its Under-21 squad to Toulon and has not qualified for Rio, capitalized ...

Van Gaal exit rumors overshadow United's F.A. Cup victory

May 22, 2016

Van Gaal exit rumors overshadow United's F.A. Cup victory

Louis van Gaal had little time to savor delivering Manchester United’s first trophy since the Alex Ferguson dynasty ended three years ago. Within an hour of collecting the F.A. Cup after Saturday’s victory over Crystal Palace, Van Gaal left his jubilant players to be ...

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

May 21, 2016

Wako header gives Reysol triumph over Avispa

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Naoki Wako scored an 86th-minute header to give Kashiwa Reysol a roller-coaster 3-2 win over Avispa Fukuoka on Saturday. Reysol looked to be in complete control after Kosuke Taketomi had given them a sixth-minute lead at Hitachi Stadium, only for Avispa to stun the ...

May 21, 2016

UEFA charges Liverpool, Sevilla

UEFA has opened disciplinary cases against Liverpool and Sevilla after fans fought in a poorly segregated section of the stadium before the Europa League final on Wednesday. Rival fans in neighboring blocks of seats clashed behind one goal 30 minutes before kickoff. Only then ...