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Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

Jan 12, 2015

Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

by Andrew Mckirdy

Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has urged Japan to cast aside its inferiority complex and close the gap on the world’s leading soccer nations. Houllier was the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, where ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...

Jan 11, 2015

Oscar leads Chelsea past Newcastle

Chelsea overcame a difficult start to beat Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, moving two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after Manuel Pellegrini’s side was held to a 1-1 draw at Everton. Oscar led Jose Mourinho’s ...

Report: Mainz rejects Leicester bid for Okazaki

Jan 10, 2015

Report: Mainz rejects Leicester bid for Okazaki

Mainz has turned down an offer from English Premier League club Leicester City for Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki, according to a report on Friday in the online edition of Allgemeine Zeitung. “People always say we could get €12 or €13 million if we ...

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

Jan 10, 2015

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

South Korea began its Asian Cup campaign with a difficult 1-0 win over Oman on Saturday through Cho Yong-cheol’s goal in first-half stoppage time. Winning coach Uli Stielike said he hoped the close victory would give his team added incentive as the tournament progressed. ...

Jan 10, 2015

Kagawa has injury scare in practice

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa suffered an injury scare during training on Saturday, two days before Japan launches its Asian Cup title defense against Group D underdog Palestine. Kagawa landed on his left elbow during a game of foot volleyball. The 25-year-old left the ...

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Jan 9, 2015

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Tim Cahill sparked an Australian fightback after an early deficit as the hosts beat Kuwait 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday. A vocal sellout crowd of 25,000 at the Rectangular Stadium, dressed predominantly in Australia’s green and gold colors, ...

Jan 9, 2015

OCA head vows support for Blatter

The head of the Olympic Council of Asia, one of the continent’s most powerful sports officials, says he will back Sepp Blatter for another term as FIFA president rather than his “brother” Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of ...

Liverpool legend Gerrard reaches deal with LA Galaxy

Jan 8, 2015

Liverpool legend Gerrard reaches deal with LA Galaxy

Steven Gerrard is the next big star in the LA Galaxy. The Liverpool captain will join the defending Major League Soccer champions in July after completing his illustrious career with his boyhood team, the Galaxy announced Wednesday. The 34-year-old midfielder said last week he ...

Jan 7, 2015

Okazaki muses on playing in EPL

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki has admitted it would be a dream come true to play in the English Premier League following reports Leicester City has made an offer for the Mainz hitman. Leicester has reportedly tabled an £8 million ($12 million) bid, but Bundesliga ...