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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 ...

Bayern, Madrid build strong leads in Champions League

Feb 16, 2017

Bayern, Madrid build strong leads in Champions League

Bayern Munich answered its critics with a comprehensive 5-1 rout of Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League clash to move a step closer to the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Thiago Alcantara struck twice in a superb performance, and Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski ...

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Feb 15, 2017

Turkish report says Podolski has agreed to join Vissel in June

Germany’s former star striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to a move from Turkish giants Galatasaray to J. League side Vissel Kobe, a report said Wednesday. The Hurriyet daily said Podolski had agreed to a three-year deal with Vissel worth €15 million ($15.8 million) and ...

PSG puts Barca to the sword

Feb 15, 2017

PSG puts Barca to the sword

Two years after being humiliated by Barcelona in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain turned the tables on the five-time champions with a relentless display of skill, energy and determination. Angel Di Maria scored two superb goals and top scorer Edinson Cavani grabbed his 34th ...

Feb 14, 2017

Former Japan midfielder Ramos leaves hospital

Ex-Japan international Ruy Ramos was released from the hospital on Tuesday after suffering a stroke in December. Ramos, 60, said on Dec. 30 he was diagnosed with a stroke and had been rehabilitating since then. The Brazilian-born former midfielder said on his official website ...

Man City moves into second place with win over Bournemouth

Feb 14, 2017

Man City moves into second place with win over Bournemouth

Manchester City overcame Gabriel Jesus’ early departure because of injury to beat Bournemouth 2-0 and climb to second place in the English Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea on Monday. Raheem Sterling’s 29th-minute strike and an own goal in the 69th from Tyrone Mings, ...

Burnley earns draw against Chelsea

Feb 13, 2017

Burnley earns draw against Chelsea

Premier League leader Chelsea dropped points for only the third time since September after getting pegged back by dogged Burnley in a 1-1 draw at a snowy Turf Moor on Sunday. The result meant Chelsea extended its lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, ...

Mane's double brings joy back to Anfield

Feb 12, 2017

Mane's double brings joy back to Anfield

The smiles were back at Anfield on Saturday and none was wider than Sadio Mane’s. While the Senegal forward was at the African Cup of Nations in January, his Liverpool teammates plunged into a prolonged slump that has cost them any realistic chance of ...

Feb 10, 2017

Maradona accepts role as FIFA ambassador

Diego Maradona is getting an ambassador’s role with FIFA. The governing body wants to ensure the Argentina great “has a major role in FIFA’s activities to promote the game across the globe,” including with its Legends team. FIFA said the 56-year-old Maradona will be ...