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Jul 1, 2016

Ibrahimovic confirms move to Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season. Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after ending a hugely successful stay at Paris Saint-Germain, becomes the second ...

Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Jul 1, 2016

Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Portugal likes to leave it late at this European Championship, whether Cristiano Ronaldo is having a good game or not. The Portuguese have been level after 90 minutes in every game this tournament, a run that continued on Thursday as Ronaldo and his teammates ...

Jun 30, 2016

Puel named Southampton manager

Southampton has appointed former Nice and Lyon boss Claude Puel as its new manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 54-year-old, who arrived at Nice in July 2012 on an initial three-year deal, led it to a fourth-placed ...

Jun 30, 2016

Japan, Oman to stage November friendly at Kashima Stadium

Japan will play at Oman in a friendly at Kashima Stadium on Nov. 11, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The game will serve as a warm-up for Japan’s Group B meeting with Saudi Arabia in Saitama four days later in the final round ...

Japan cruises past South Africa in Olympic warmup

Jun 29, 2016

Japan cruises past South Africa in Olympic warmup

Japan thrashed South Africa 4-1 in its Rio Olympic send-off led by a first-half brace by Shoya Nakajima on Wednesday. South Africa’s Gift Motupa opened the scoring with a penalty midway through the first half, but Japan hit back with three goals, two of ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro ...

'Fragile' Hodgson faces music after Iceland debacle

Jun 29, 2016

'Fragile' Hodgson faces music after Iceland debacle

The day after the night before, the confusion and pain from the seismic defeat that cost Roy Hodgson his job as manager of England was still written large on his craggy face. But, to his credit, Hodgson didn’t hide away. Feeling “very fragile,” Hodgson ...

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Jun 28, 2016

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Japan’s Rio Olympic coach Makoto Teguramori urged his team to give him a selection headache with one, final captivating home performance against South Africa on Wednesday. Ahead of Friday’s announcement of Japan’s 18 for the Summer Games, Teguramori said Tuesday he expects to see ...

Jun 28, 2016

Argentines beg Messi not to end international career

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s President Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi on Monday not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in ...

Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Jun 28, 2016

Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament. England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation ...