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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 ...

Nov 1, 2014

Neymar to play at Rio Games in 2016

Brazil captain Neymar will be part of the home nation’s Olympic soccer squad at the Rio Games in 2016, the team’s coach, Alexandre Gallo, said Friday. “I’ll be calling up three players over 23, well, two in fact, as one of those will be ...

Rooney fit to play in derby

Nov 1, 2014

Rooney fit to play in derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England ...

Oct 29, 2014

Nadeshiko beats Canada in friendly

Aya Sameshima struck in the 93rd minute of the team’s final game of the year Tuesday as Nadeshiko Japan defeated Canada 3-2 in a friendly. Sameshima robbed defender Emily Zurrer in the final minute of injury time before holding her nerve to beat goalkeeper ...

Oct 29, 2014

Kagawa scores in Dortmund victory

Shinji Kagawa scored his second goal since returning to Borussia Dortmund in a 3-0 second-round win over St. Pauli in the German Cup on Tuesday. Kagawa set up Ciro Immobile’s opener in the 33rd minute and after Marco Reus doubled the lead in the ...

Oct 27, 2014

Reds' Koroki breaks fibula

Urawa Reds’ run at their second J. League championship took a hit as their top scorer Shinzo Koroki was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, the J1 leaders said Monday. Koroki suffered the injury when he was kicked by Kashima Antlers’ Daigo Nishi in Sunday’s ...