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Jul 7, 2016

Bielsa named new Lazio coach

Serie A club Lazio confirmed on Wednesday the appointment of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa as its new coach. The 60-year-old, who has been without a coaching job since abruptly leaving French club Marseille after the first match of last season, takes over from ...

Ronaldo sparks Portugal past Wales, into Euro final

Jul 7, 2016

Ronaldo sparks Portugal past Wales, into Euro final

Cristiano Ronaldo had just propelled Portugal into another European Championship final when he made for Gareth Bale, shared a long conversation with his Real Madrid teammate and gave him a sympathetic hug. The battle of the superstar forwards turned into a one-man show — ...

Messi given 21-month suspended sentence for tax fraud

Jul 6, 2016

Messi given 21-month suspended sentence for tax fraud

A Barcelona court on Friday gave Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The court found both the Barcelona star and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department to ...

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Jul 6, 2016

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Nadeshiko Japan coach Asako Takakura overlooked regular captain Aya Miyama for selection as she named her squad on Wednesday for an upcoming friendly away to Sweden. Miyama, the three-time Asian Player of the Year, missed Japan’s first two matches under Takakura against world champion ...

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Jul 6, 2016

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has spoken of his pride in joining Spanish La Liga side Sevilla, but admitted he has a fight on his hands to win a regular place in the team after being unveiled by the Europa League champions on Tuesday. “I ...

Mourinho focused on resuscitating United

Jul 6, 2016

Mourinho focused on resuscitating United

Jose Mourinho set out his vision for Manchester United on Tuesday, focusing on returning the sleeping giants to the top of the Premier League rather than feuding with Pep Guardiola. United is in need of both a quick-fix and long-term stability after David Moyes ...

France beats upstart Iceland to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Jul 4, 2016

France beats upstart Iceland to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

The Icelandic thunderclap roar proved no match for the sheer talent of France as the hosts finally showed their title credentials at Euro 2016 on Sunday. A crushing 5-2 victory lined up a semifinal with Germany as France displayed the attacking ruthlessness that had ...

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Jul 3, 2016

Arsenal agrees deal to sign Japan forward Asano

Japan forward Takuma Asano is set for a move to Arsenal after the Premier League club agreed a deal in principle with Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the clubs announced Sunday. The 21-year-old, who last week was named in the 18-man squad for the Rio de Janeiro ...

Jul 3, 2016

Argentines beg Messi to return

Hundreds of fans of Lionel Messi have gathered in the rain in Argentina’s capital to ask that the soccer star return to the national team following his shock retirement from the squad. Messi announced his decision to leave Argentina’s national team after it lost ...

Germany breaks 'Italian curse' to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Jul 3, 2016

Germany breaks 'Italian curse' to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout. Jonas Hector lifted the so-called “Italian curse” off Germany on Saturday by converting the 18th kick of one of the wildest shootouts in ...

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

Jul 2, 2016

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

No Takashi Usami, no problem. Gamba Osaka laid down the gauntlet to the J. League first-stage champions with a controlled 3-1 victory at Kashima Antlers as the second stage got underway on Saturday. Kotaro Omori, Yasuyuki Konno and Kim Jungya scored for the 2014 ...