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UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Jan 15, 2015

Japan coach Aguirre remains silent on allegations

by Gus Fielding

Beleaguered Japan coach Javier Aguirre on Thursday refused to comment on the latest episode in an alleged match-fixing scandal involving the Mexican, but his job appears to be far from guaranteed beyond the Asian Cup currently being held in Australia. A Valencia court has ...

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Jan 15, 2015

China advances with win over Uzbekistan; N. Korea out

Super sub Sun Ke fired China into the Asian Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday as North Korea crashed out and Jordan fumed over a botched dope test that left a player ill. Sun’s superb solo effort after 68 minutes, moments after coming on, gave China ...

Jan 15, 2015

Ronaldo joins NASL's Strikers

Brazilian star Ronaldo said he will attempt to make a playing comeback this spring with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the second-tier North American Soccer League. The world player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002, Ronaldo is now 38 and hasn’t played ...

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

Jan 14, 2015

AFC defends referees after Honda criticism

AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has ignored the complaints of players and coaches about the standard of officiating at the Asian Cup and praised the work of the referees. The Bahraini, accompanied by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, met ...

West Ham sinks Everton in shootout

Jan 14, 2015

West Ham sinks Everton in shootout

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian proved an unlikely match-winner as his side edged 10-man Everton 9-8 in a nail-biting penalty shootout after a gripping F.A. Cup third-round replay on Tuesday. Enner Valencia put West Ham ahead early in the second half at Upton Park ...

Jan 14, 2015

Takahagi signs with Western Sydney

Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers have signed Japan international Yojiro Takahagi for their AFC Champions League campaign, the club said on Wednesday. Takahagi, who has over 250 appearances for Sanfrecce Hiroshima including winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, will strengthen the Wanderers’ ...

Jan 14, 2015

Piece of Jules Rimet trophy found

A piece of the original World Cup trophy, which was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, has been found in a basement at FIFA’s headquarters. Part of the base of the Jules Rimet trophy, it is engraved with the names of the ...

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Jan 13, 2015

Australia, South Korea book spots in Asian Cup quarterfinals

Now that Australia and South Korea have secured their spots in the Asian Cup quarterfinals, attention has quickly turned to which of the continental heavyweights will top the group. Australia’s 4-0 demolition of Oman in Sydney on Tuesday night ensured both the Socceroos and ...