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Nov 18, 2016

Sakai named new Hamburg captain

Japan defender Gotoku Sakai has been appointed the new captain of SV Hamburg, the German first-division side announced on Thursday. Markus Gisdol handed the role to the 25-year-old Sakai, who takes over in an unusual mid-season switch from Johan Djourou. “It is a great ...

Nov 17, 2016

Qatari banned from FIFA election

A Qatari candidate for election to FIFA’s ruling council has been banned from all soccer duty for one year for refusing to cooperate with ethics investigators. Saoud Al-Mohannadi “did not cooperate with the investigatory chamber in the proceedings against a third party,” FIFA ethics ...

Rooney apologizes for behavior

Nov 17, 2016

Rooney apologizes for behavior

Handed the captaincy of England and Manchester United, Wayne Rooney curbed the once wild behavior that landed him in trouble. But at 31, and as a father-of-three, Rooney’s conduct is under scrutiny again. Once again, he has been forced to issue an apology just ...

Costa Rica routs U.S. in qualifying

Nov 16, 2016

Costa Rica routs U.S. in qualifying

Wave after wave of opponents kept overwhelming beleaguered and befuddled Americans. Only these players were Costa Ricans in red jerseys, not Brazilians in yellow or Italians in blue. With one of its worst performances in decades, the United States put itself in a deep ...

Nov 15, 2016

Yoshida takes over as new Ventforet Kofu manager

Tatsuma Yoshida has been named Ventforet Kofu’s new manager, the J-League first-division team said Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida, who has had managed Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata, will replace Satoru Sakuma, who announced earlier this month his intention to focus on his role as ...

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Nov 14, 2016

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Having marked his international return in style with a brace against Oman, Cologne striker Yuya Osako is champing at the bit and said Monday he is ready to take risks if he is picked to play in Tuesday’s crucial final-round World Cup qualifier against ...

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Nov 14, 2016

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Japan is no longer the dominant force of Asian soccer it once was and must be prepared to fight bare knuckle at continental level, Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki said on Sunday. Japan is third in Group B of Asia’s World Cup final qualifiers ...