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Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Apr 13, 2016

Halilhodzic hints at Japan recall for Okubo

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo could be in line for a recall to the Japan national team, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Wednesday. Okubo, who has not played for Japan since the 2014 World Cup, became the J. League’s career leading ...

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Apr 13, 2016

Madrid, Man City reach Champions League semis

Cristiano Ronaldo came through for Real Madrid again, scoring a hat trick to lead his team back to the semifinals of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. In other match, Manchester City reached the semis for the first time ...

Japan placed in tough Group B for last qualifying round

Apr 12, 2016

Japan placed in tough Group B for last qualifying round

Japan was handed a tough draw on Tuesday for the Asian final qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup as Vahid Halilhodzic’s side landed in Group B with Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand. In Group A are Iran, South ...

China announces ambitious plan to join world soccer elite

Apr 12, 2016

China announces ambitious plan to join world soccer elite

Seeking to close a glaring gap in its international sporting prowess, China has announced an ambitious soccer development plan that envisions 50 million players joining in the game by the end of the decade and the transformation of the country into a “first-rate major ...

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

Apr 11, 2016

Olympic coach Teguramori warns players against gambling

In the wake of bans handed to badminton players over casino gambling, Japan’s Olympic soccer coach said Monday he will warn his players of the dangers facing them. Speaking at the Japan Under-23 training camp in Shizuoka Prefecture, Makoto Teguramori said that the potential ...

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Apr 11, 2016

Leicester closes in on Premier League title

Leicester City continued its inexorable march towards the Premier League title as Jamie Vardy’s brace earned the Foxes victory at Sunderland on Sunday, but Tottenham Hotspur showed it will not give up the chase after demolishing Manchester United 3-0. Vardy’s late goals in a ...

Apr 9, 2016

Kiyotake provides assist for Hannover in 2-2 draw

Hiroshi Kiyotake set up a goal but was unable to help struggling Hannover secure maximum points as it drew 2-2 away to Genki Haraguchi’s Hertha Berlin on Friday in the Bundesliga. Trailing Vedad Ibisevic’s third-minute opener, Kiyotake received a back-heel from Manuel Schmiedebach outside ...

Neymar given OK for Rio

Apr 9, 2016

Neymar given OK for Rio

Brazilian superstar Neymar was given the go-ahead to play at the Olympics by his club Barcelona on Friday, but was ordered not to take part in the Copa America, local media reported. Brazil coach Dunga had been hoping to have the influential striker at ...

Nagatomo finalizes three-year contract extension with Inter Milan

Apr 8, 2016

Nagatomo finalizes three-year contract extension with Inter Milan

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo has signed a three-year contract extension with Inter Milan lasting until June 2019, the Italian club announced Friday. “I’m simply happy. Inter is my pride and I’m honored to be able to stay here,” Nagatomo told a news conference. “I’m ...