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Nov 6, 2014

Frontale's Nakamura sidelined with ankle sprain

Kawasaki Frontale captain Kengo Nakamura is expected to miss three weeks due to a right ankle sprain, the J. League first-division club said Thursday. Nakamura was stretchered off the field after taking a hit in the second half of a 3-2 home loss to ...

Nov 6, 2014

Grampus striker Kennedy leaving team after season

J. League first-division side Nagoya Grampus announced Thursday that Australia striker Josh Kennedy will leave the club at the end of the season for a move back to Australia. The 32-year-old Kennedy, who arrived midway through the 2009 season, was the J. League’s top ...

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Nov 6, 2014

Messi brilliant again with two goals as Barca downs Ajax

Lionel Messi’s brace gave Barcelona a 2-0 victory Wednesday over 10-man Ajax and moved him level with Raul Gonzalez’s all-time Champions League scoring record of 71 goals. Messi scored his 70th Champions League goal in the 36th minute with a soft header after Ajax ...

Aguirre recalls veterans for Honduras, Australia friendlies

Nov 5, 2014

Aguirre recalls veterans for Honduras, Australia friendlies

Japan manager Javier Aguirre turned to the tried and trusted for upcoming friendlies against Honduras and Australia, recalling several veterans on Wednesday for the last warm-ups ahead of the Asian Cup. Aguirre recalled two-time World Cup captain Makoto Hasebe, Gamba Osaka midfielders Yasuhito Endo ...

Benzema lifts Real Madrid

Nov 5, 2014

Benzema lifts Real Madrid

A goal by Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win against an under-strength Liverpool side in the Champions League on Tuesday as Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the first time in 13 games. Madrid piled the pressure on from the start and ...

Nov 5, 2014

FBI used informant to spy on FIFA

Chuck Blazer, once the most powerful man in U.S. soccer, was an FBI informant used to spy on FIFA, the New York Daily News reported. Blazer, who is now suffering from cancer, secretly recorded conversations with officials he arranged to meet at his London ...

Nov 4, 2014

Okada buys majority ownership stake in FC Imabari

Former Japan coach Takeshi Okada has become owner of FC Imabari in the regional Shikoku League, the club announced on Tuesday. The two-time World Cup manager bought 51 percent of the team’s shares last month. Okada has had no previous involvement in the business ...

Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Nov 3, 2014

Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Urawa Reds are a win away from capturing their second J. League championship after defeating Yokohama F. Marinos 1-0, thanks to a second-half strike by 19-year-old substitute Takahiro Sekine on Monday. The victory pushed former Asian champions Reds on to 61 points with three ...

Aguero strikes to lead City past United in Manchester derby

Nov 3, 2014

Aguero strikes to lead City past United in Manchester derby

Sergio Aguero kept Manchester City in range of Premier League leader Chelsea with a second-half derby winner on Sunday that consigned Manchester United to its worst 10-game start to a season in nearly 30 years. The defending champions maintained their recent supremacy over their ...

Nov 3, 2014

Vissel manager Adachi to step down

Vissel Kobe announced Monday that manager Ryo Adachi will step down from the helm with the expiration of his contract this season. A successor for the 45-year-old Adachi has yet to be determined. Adachi was promoted from head coach to manager of Vissel in ...

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

Nov 2, 2014

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

by Andrew Mckirdy

Substitute Kazuya Murata injected dramatic new life into Shimizu S-Pulse’s J1 survival bid with a 90th-minute goal to seal a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday. S-Pulse — who have been ever present in the top flight since the J. League began in ...