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Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Jan 25, 2015

Aguirre says no contact from authorities in match-fixing case

Japan manager Javier Aguirre said Sunday that he has yet to be contacted by Spanish authorities over the match-fixing scandal implicating him in a reportedly staged La Liga match in 2011. Aguirre, upon returning from Sydney where Japan was eliminated in the Asian Cup ...

Ronaldo red-carded after kicking foe in Real Madrid victory

Jan 25, 2015

Ronaldo red-carded after kicking foe in Real Madrid victory

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for kicking an opponent in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Cordoba, and Lionel Messi reached the 30-goal mark for a seventh straight season in the Spanish League on Saturday. Madrid completed its comeback when Gareth Bale converted an 89th-minute ...

| Jan 25, 2015

Iran protests over 'ineligible' player

Asian Cup officials scrambled on Sunday to deal with a sensational protest from Iran claiming that Iraq fielded an ineligible player during their stormy quarterfinal defeat. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disciplinary committee was set to consider the complaint against Alaa Abdulzehra, who is ...

Fourth-division club stymies United

Jan 24, 2015

Fourth-division club stymies United

Cambridge held star-studded Manchester United to a 0-0 draw at home in the fourth round of the F.A. Cup on Friday, earning the fourth-tier club a lucrative replay at Old Trafford. Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie both missed good chances to score in ...

| Jan 24, 2015

UAE to host 2019 Asian Cup: sources

The 2019 Asian Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates, sources have told Kyodo News. The United Arab Emirates would host Asia’s flagship competition for a second time, the first since 1996. An official announcement by the Asian Football Confederation is set ...

Japan reflects on loss

| Jan 24, 2015

Japan reflects on loss

by Gus Fielding

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda admitted defending champion Japan only had itself to blame for its quarterfinal defeat at the Asian Cup on Friday and put the team’s earlier-than-expected exit down to “naivety” and lack of a cutting edge in front of goal. In ...

JFA chief: Aguirre will remain as manager

| Jan 24, 2015

JFA chief: Aguirre will remain as manager

Japan Football Association chief Kuniya Daini confirmed Saturday that Javier Aguirre will stay on as coach of the national team, a day after the defending champions were knocked out of the Asian Cup in the quarterfinals. A Valencia court has reportedly accepted a claim ...