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Jun 11, 2016

Ex-Nigeria coach Amodu dies at 58

Shaibu Amodu, who had nine different spells as coach of Nigeria, has died suddenly, the country’s football federation said on Saturday. Amodu, 58, was the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) technical director and his death came days after that of former national team captain and ...

Jun 11, 2016

Kiyotake eager to shine at Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake said Saturday he is relishing the challenge of muscling his way into regular first-team contention after agreeing to join Spain’s Europa League champion Sevilla. “Keeping in mind that the World Cup is in two years, it (Sevilla) is a great ...

France edges Romania on Payet's goal in opener

Jun 11, 2016

France edges Romania on Payet's goal in opener

After scoring one goal and setting up another in France’s opening win at the European Championship, Dimitri Payet left the field in tears. The West Ham forward, now hitting his career peak at 29, was playing for his country at a major tournament for ...

Jun 11, 2016

Messi notches quick hat trick

Lionel Messi scored a magical hat trick in 19 minutes as Argentina cruised into the Copa America quarterfinals with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower ...

Jun 10, 2016

Sevilla to give Kiyotake four-year contract

Sevilla has agreed to sign Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake on a four-year deal from relegated Bunsdesliga side Hannover, the Spanish team announced Friday. The 26-year-old, who has three goals for Japan in 37 games, was reported by German media as subject to a bid ...

Mexico defeats Jamica to reach Copa America quarterfinals

Jun 10, 2016

Mexico defeats Jamica to reach Copa America quarterfinals

When Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez headed home an early goal for Mexico, he set off a seismic celebration at a Rose Bowl packed to bursting with green-clad fans. He also sent Copa America’s other home team rolling toward the next round. Chicharito scored on a ...

Jun 10, 2016

Pele mementos big hit at auction

The three-day sale of memorabilia belonging to world soccer icon Pele ended in London on Thursday with the artifacts sold for the princely total of £3.4 million ($5 million). The final day of the sale — held in London but under the banner of ...

Jun 10, 2016

Suita Stadium chosen to host Club World Cup matches

Gamba Osaka’s new home ground, Suita Stadium, will host the Club World Cup for the first time, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The 40,000-seat stadium opened ahead of this season as Gamba’s previous home ground, the 1970 Expo Stadium held only 21,000 with ...

Ecuador overcomes poor start, earns draw with Peru

Jun 9, 2016

Ecuador overcomes poor start, earns draw with Peru

Miller Bolanos scored the lone second-half goal and Ecuador rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Peru 2-2 on Wednesday night in the Copa America. Three minutes after halftime, Jefferson Montero and Christian Noboa connected on a give-and-go and Montero got behind the defense ...

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

Jun 9, 2016

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda said Thursday he wants to open a soccer school in Cambodia. Following a meeting with Gen. Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, Honda, 29, said he wanted to open a soccer school in the country, targeting young ...