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United manager van Gaal energized by Ferguson's support

Louis van Gaal has revealed he feels pressure to succeed at Manchester United in order to repay Old Trafford legend Alex Ferguson for his generous support. Ferguson has given his backing to van Gaal in recent interviews, claiming the United manager can restore the team to the lofty levels Ferguson ...

Terry, Fabregas score as Chelsea blanks Stoke

Dec 23, 2014

Terry, Fabregas score as Chelsea blanks Stoke

John Terry scored his first league goal of the season to help Chelsea beat Stoke City 2-0 Monday night and restore its three-point lead atop the Premier League. Terry put his side ahead in just the second minute with a powerful header from a ...

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Dec 22, 2014

Kagawa steers clear of questions about manager Aguirre

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa refused to comment on the match-fixing scandal engulfing Japan coach Javier Aguirre as he arrived back in Japan on Monday to prepare for the Asian Cup. Kagawa signed autographs for fans at Tokyo’s Haneda airport but would not respond ...

Skrtel rescues point for Liverpool

Dec 22, 2014

Skrtel rescues point for Liverpool

Martin Skrtel powered home a header deep into stoppage time to earn 10-man Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. In the seventh of nine minutes of injury time, Skrtel leaped high to head a rightwing corner from Adam ...

Dec 21, 2014

Aguirre to hold news conference before start of Asian Cup training

Embattled Japan manager Javier Aguirre will hold a news conference to offer an explanation regarding match-fixing charges that have been leveled at him in Spain, the Japan Football Association announced on Sunday when its board of trustees met. Arrangements are being made so the ...

Real Madrid crowned world champion at Club World Cup

Dec 21, 2014

Real Madrid crowned world champion at Club World Cup

Real Madrid outclassed San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday to put a crown on its status as the best club in world soccer. The cup added to Madrid’s 2014 trophy haul of Champions League, King’s Cup, and ...

Dec 21, 2014

Man City whips Crystal Palace

David Silva scored twice as defending champion Manchester City continued to fight for its title, beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to draw level provisionally with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Playing without a recognized striker, City reeled off its sixth ...

Dec 21, 2014

Falling ruble affects stadium costs

The falling ruble has caused a 16 percent rise in the cost of rebuilding Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the final of the 2018 World Cup. The ruble has lost almost half of its value against the dollar this year, raising the price ...

Dec 21, 2014

JFA to investigate Aguirre in Spain

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Saturday he has sent a fact-finding mission to Spain following national team coach Javier Aguirre’s alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal. “I have sent (a mission) to Spain and from now on we will have information coming ...

Dec 20, 2014

Inamoto to join Consadole in J2

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto has joined Consadole Sapporo after being released earlier this month by Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League second-division club said on Saturday. “I will give it everything I have got and try and help the club win promotion to ...

Dec 19, 2014

Balotelli handed one-match ban

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday’s match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The F.A. on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of £25,000 ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the ...

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

Dec 18, 2014

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre will manage Japan at the Asian Cup in January despite being named as a defendant in a match-fixing case filed by Spanish prosecutors earlier this week, the Japan Football Association confirmed on Thursday. Aguirre was on Monday named as one of 41 ...