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Halilhodzic earmarks Havenaar for Japan return

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has hinted ADO Den Haag forward Mike Havenaar is in line for a recall to the national side. Halilhodzic, who is currently on a scouting tour through Europe, said Monday that he spoke to the out-of-favor Japan international following Saturday’s 2-2 home draw to Roda JC ...

Yoshida scores winner as Southampton downs West Ham

Feb 7, 2016

Yoshida scores winner as Southampton downs West Ham

Japan defender Maya Yoshida scored in Southampton’s 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday, striking his first Premier League goal of the season as the 10-man Saints held on for the points. Yoshida, playing for the first time in five games, ran onto a ...

Leicester stuns Manchester City

Feb 7, 2016

Leicester stuns Manchester City

With a 3-1 win at Manchester City, Leicester showed why it really could be lifting the English Premier League trophy for the first time in May. From a 5,000/1 outsider for the title in August, Leicester became the 7/4 favorite with several British bookmakers ...

Feb 6, 2016

Altidore's late header lifts Americans over Canada in friendly

Jozy Altidore scored on a header in the 89th minute, and the United States wrapped up its annual year-opening camp with a 1-0 victory over Canada in an exhibition on Friday night. Altidore converted a long crossing pass from substitute Ethan Finlay on the ...

Feb 6, 2016

Hiddink received offer in China

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink revealed on Friday that he had been approached to manage in the Chinese Super League. Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge for his second spell as Chelsea caretaker in December after Jose Mourinho was fired, but the veteran Dutch coach ...

Feb 4, 2016

FC Tokyo, Thai club Chonburi to vie for ACL berth

FC Tokyo will face Chonburi of Thailand in a playoff to decide who will join this season’s Asian Champions League, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The Thai side overcame Myanmar’s Yangon United 3-2 on Tuesday and will now travel to face FC Tokyo ...

Feb 4, 2016

Okubo named Japan's Footballer of the Year

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan’s soccer writers. The 33-year-old won the honor for the first time, receiving 51 of 2011 valid votes cast after topping the J. League scoring ...

Feb 4, 2016

Neville dismisses idea of quitting

Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side’s 7-0 Copa del Rey semifinal mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in soccer but he refused to quit. Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat trick ...

Feb 4, 2016

Prince Ali knocks ruling on funding

A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency. “Who decided to hold these votes to ransom less than three weeks ...

Okazaki fuels Foxes

Feb 3, 2016

Okazaki fuels Foxes

Jamie Vardy scored twice and Japan international Shinji Okazaki had a hand in the second goal as leader Leicester City enhanced its Premier League title credentials with a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday. Vardy opened the scoring with a superb long-range strike over ...

Feb 3, 2016

Guangzhou snaps up Atletico striker Martinez

Guangzhou Evergrande has signed striker Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid for a bumper transfer fee of €42 million ($46 million), the south China club confirmed on Wednesday. The Colombia international, who has inked a four-year deal, will link up with fellow South Americans Paulinho ...

Feb 2, 2016

Afghan Soccer Federation to arrange meeting between Messi, young boy

The Afghan Football Federation plans to set up a meeting between Lionel Messi and 5-year-old Afghan fan Martaza Ahmadi who became an Internet sensation when photos circulated of him wearing an improvised Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali ...