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Reds, Antlers open Asian Champions League campaign with victories

It was a resounding night for J. League clubs in the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, as both Urawa Reds and Kashima Antlers launched their continental campaign with wins over Western Sydney Wanderers and Ulsan Hyundai, respectively. Urawa got things going with a 4-0 away win over Western Sydney in ...

Feb 21, 2017

Spanish court nixes Neymar, Barcelona appeals

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed appeals from Neymar and Barcelona over alleged fraud and corruption in the Brazilian star’s transfer from Santos in 2013. The decision brings the possibility of the player and club facing trial a step closer. Neymar’s arrival from Brazil’s ...

Feb 21, 2017

Brazil fires Olympic soccer coach Micale

Brazil’s soccer confederation has fired the coach who led Neymar and company to the country’s first Olympic soccer gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Confederation spokesman Gregorio Fernandes confirmed on Monday that youth division coach Rogerio Micale was removed after Brazil failed to qualify ...

Sutton United provides tough test for Arsenal

Feb 21, 2017

Sutton United provides tough test for Arsenal

Relief for Arsenal, pride for Sutton United. On the plastic patch at tiny Gander Green Lane Stadium, the gulf in class between teams separated by 105 places in the English soccer pyramid but pitted against each other in the F.A. Cup was not always ...

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

Feb 20, 2017

Vissel aiming for the stars with or without Podolski

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Vissel Kobe’s reported summer move for former Germany striker Lukas Podolski has made global headlines, but manager Nelsinho believes the players already at the club can lay the foundations for a J. League title challenge this season. Turkish media last week reported that World ...

United tops Blackburn to reach quarterfinals

Feb 20, 2017

United tops Blackburn to reach quarterfinals

Manchester United turned to Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come to the holders’ rescue and eliminate second-tier Blackburn in the F.A. Cup on Sunday. The duo came off the bench with around 30 minutes remaining at Ewood Park and combined to complete United’s ...

Non-league Lincoln reaches F.A. Cup quarterfinals

Feb 19, 2017

Non-league Lincoln reaches F.A. Cup quarterfinals

The players and coaches of non-league team Lincoln wandered the field, some singing and celebrating between themselves, some on their phones to family and friends, others just in shock at the size of their achievement. Behind one of the goals, the club’s jubilant supporters ...

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Feb 18, 2017

Mikuni Stadium highlights J. League agenda

Stadium are more than just places to play. They also have the potential to revitalize communities. The J. League understands this and has encouraged its domestic professional clubs and local administrations to build better, more attractive venues. Last year, Suita City Football Stadium, widely ...