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Yoshida left frustrated after defeat

Nov 25, 2016

Yoshida left frustrated after defeat

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida was frustrated after the Saints failed to turn their possession into points in a 1-0 defeat away to Sparta Prague in their Europa League Group K clash on Thursday. Southampton enjoyed 71 percent of possession at Generali Arena but had ...

Former Liverpool great Gerrard announces retirement

Nov 25, 2016

Former Liverpool great Gerrard announces retirement

After an illustrious playing career full of remarkable cup comebacks alongside jarring Premier League lows, Steven Gerrard is done. The 36-year-old Gerrard, who won every major club honor with Liverpool apart from the English title, said Thursday that he was retiring from soccer after ...

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Nov 24, 2016

Barcelona, City secure spots in Champions League last 16

Lionel Messi fired Barcelona into the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-0 win at Celtic, and the Spaniards were joined in the knockout rounds by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The Argentine star returned from illness to score both goals ...

Okazaki leads Leicester into last 16

Nov 23, 2016

Okazaki leads Leicester into last 16

Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in the Champions League to help Leicester City defeat Club Brugge of Belgium 2-1 on Tuesday, as the English club wrapped up first place in Group G and secured a spot in the tournament’s last 16, where the ...

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Nov 22, 2016

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Kawasaki Frontale only need a draw in Wednesday’s semifinal of the J. League championship playoff against Kashima Antlers to advance, but victory is all they will be playing for, firebrand striker Yoshito Okubo said. “You can’t win if you play with a draw on ...

Nov 22, 2016

Former Japan defender Komano leaving FC Tokyo

Two-time World Cup defender Yuichi Komano is parting ways with FC Tokyo, the J. League first-division club said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old fullback joined Tokyo at the start of the season from Jubilo Iwata, but was loaned out to Avispa Fukuoka in July. Komano, ...

U.S. fires manager Klinsmann

Nov 22, 2016

U.S. fires manager Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. soccer team Monday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favorite to ...

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Nov 21, 2016

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Yokohama F. Marinos said Monday they have re-signed manager Erick Mombaerts for his third season with the J. League club. As there are views against the 61-year-old Frenchman staying at the helm, Toru Hasegawa, the club president, explained the situation to players after their ...

Nov 21, 2016

Grampus announce striker Sato's arrival

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Monday announced the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the all-time second-highest goalscorer in the J. League top flight with 161 goals. “I’ll give my heart and soul to get Nagoya back to where they should be,” said the ...

Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Nov 21, 2016

Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Chelsea replaced Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 1-0 win at Middlesbrough thanks to a first-half Diego Costa strike on Sunday. It was the London side’s sixth successive league victory without conceding a goal and gave it 28 ...