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Dec 4, 2014

Aguirre denies match-fixing allegations, JFA lawyer says

Under-fire Japan manager Javier Aguirre, who is reportedly being investigated by Spanish authorities for match-fixing, pleaded his innocence during a two-hour meeting with the Japan Football Association’s lawyer on Thursday. According to the JFA, Aguirre said, “I am a professional coach, and I have ...

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer captain beaten to death

A soccer captain was beaten to death by an opponent and supporters of a rival team following a tempestuous game in Argentina’s third tier of soccer, police said Wednesday. The match Saturday between Tiro Federal and Chacarita, two teams from Aimogasta, in Argentina’s northwest, ...

Dec 4, 2014

U-23 Asian Championship draw held

Japan has been drawn in Group I with Malaysia, Vietnam and Macao for the preliminaries of the Under-23 Asian Championship, which doubles as qualifying for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The draw for the 10 groups, A to J, was held at the ...

Dec 4, 2014

Midfielder Inamoto not in Frontale's plans for next season

Kawasaki Frontale will not re-sign three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto for next season, the J. League first-division club announced on Thursday. The 35-year-old Inamoto has played in 15 games with one goal across all competitions this season for Kawasaki, which is sixth in ...

Dec 3, 2014

Antlers' Nakata to retire after season

Koji Nakata, a towering presence in defense for both the J. League’s Kashima Antlers and Japan’s national team will retire at the end of the season, Antlers announced Wednesday. The 35-year-old, who has also played in France and Switzerland, has appeared in just three ...

Man United racks up fourth straight victory

Dec 3, 2014

Man United racks up fourth straight victory

Manchester United’s revival gathered pace with a fourth successive victory in the Premier League against Stoke on Tuesday, and captain Steven Gerrard came to Liverpool’s rescue against Leicester after being restored to the team. Juan Mata curled in a second-half free kick after Marouane ...

City hands Southampton first home loss, jumps into second

Dec 1, 2014

City hands Southampton first home loss, jumps into second

Manchester City cut Southampton down to size by dislodging the overachieving side from second place in the Premier League on Sunday, while Tottenham produced another comeback to beat Everton. Defending champion City was frustrated in the first half at St. Mary’s, but Yaya Toure, ...

Nov 30, 2014

Farias among candidates to be next Cerezo Osaka manager

Brazilian Sergio Farias is a leading candidate to take over the manager’s job at relegated Cerezo Osaka to succeed Yuji Okuma, who will return to coach the youth academies from next season, club operations chief Isao Miyamoto said Sunday. Farias, 47, who most recently ...

Madrid beats Malaga to set new club winning-streak mark

Nov 30, 2014

Madrid beats Malaga to set new club winning-streak mark

Cristiano Ronaldo turned playmaker to help Real Madrid set a club record with its 16th consecutive victory across all competitions by winning 2-1 at Malaga on Saturday in the Spanish League. Ronaldo saw his own unprecedented start to the domestic campaign end as he ...

'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Nov 30, 2014

'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi headed in a stoppage-time winner to send Emperor’s Cup finalists Montedio Yamagata into the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division with a 2-1 victory away to Jubilo Iwata on Sunday. Iwata, which finished fourth in J2 this season, ...