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/ Jun 28, 2017

Netherlands-bound Doan targets World Cup spot

Up-and-coming midfielder Ritsu Doan had the 2018 Russia World Cup on his mind as he left for Europe on Wednesday to join Dutch first-division side FC Groningen on loan from Gamba Osaka.“I want to go to Russia. I am going to make a killer ...

/ Jun 27, 2017

FC Tokyo's Okubo sidelined with foot injury

FC Tokyo striker Yoshito Okubo has been diagnosed with a right-foot ligament injury and will need four to six weeks for a full recovery, team officials announced Tuesday.Okubo, the J1 career scoring leader with 177 goals, was hurt in Sunday’s game against Jubilo Iwata ...

De Boer takes over as new Crystal Palace manager

Jun 27, 2017

De Boer takes over as new Crystal Palace manager

Former Netherlands defender Frank de Boer was hired as manager of Crystal Palace on Monday, taking his first coaching job in English soccer seven months after getting fired by Inter Milan.De Boer signed a three-year deal, saying his priority was to make Palace a ...

Doan, Kamada bid farewell before European moves

/ Jun 25, 2017

Doan, Kamada bid farewell before European moves

Ritsu Doan showed his flair before being subbed during Gamba Osaka’s 1-1 draw with Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday in the J. League, while Daichi Kamada set up the opener in Sagan Tosu’s 2-1 home win over Urawa Reds before their impending moves to Europe.Nineteen-year-old ...

Jun 25, 2017

Shibasaki, Tenerife fail in bid for promotion

Gaku Shibasaki had an assist, but Tenerife missed out on promotion to the Spanish first division after a 3-1 defeat to Getafe in the second leg of the playoff final on Saturday.Tenerife took the first leg 1-0 on Wednesday, when Shibasaki created the winner, ...

Ronaldo leads Portugal to easy win over New Zealand

Jun 25, 2017

Ronaldo leads Portugal to easy win over New Zealand

European champion Portugal showed 95th-ranked New Zealand the respect of selecting Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars when rest was an option.The strategy helped Ronaldo get his 75th international goal and Portugal an ultimately easy 4-0 win at the Confederations Cup on Saturday. It also ...

Shibasaki helps lift Tenerife past Getafe

Jun 22, 2017

Shibasaki helps lift Tenerife past Getafe

Gaku Shibasaki contributed an assist to help Tenerife move within a win of promotion through a 1-0 victory over Spanish rival Getafe at home in the first leg of the La Liga promotion playoff final on Wednesday.At the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez, Jorge Saenz converted ...

/ Jun 21, 2017

Consadole welcomes first J. League player from Thailand

Thailand’s Chanathip Songkrasin had a light workout on Wednesday, a day after he arrived in Sapporo to join J-League first-division side Consadole.The 23 year-old Thai international, the first from his nation to join a J-League team, is on loan from Thai club Muangthong United. ...

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

/ Jun 21, 2017

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

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Mihael Mikic believes the relegation fear factor is inspiring misfiring Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and the Croatian winger insists he will put “an arm and a leg” on the three-time J. League champions escaping the drop.Hiroshima was the better team for long stretches of Saturday’s match ...