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Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

Talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa marked her return to the national team with the winner as Nadeshiko Japan edged New Zealand 1-0 on Sunday in a warm-up for its title defense at the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada. The 36-year-old former Women’s World Player of the Year, recalled after a ...

May 22, 2015

Four Club World Cup matches to be held in Osaka

Club World Cup matches will be played in Osaka for the first time as the tournament returns to Japan after two-year absence in December, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Yanmar Stadium Nagai, boasting a capacity of over 47,000, will host four games, including ...

May 21, 2015

Muto set for Mainz switch: report

FC Tokyo striker Yoshinori Muto is a signature and medical away from joining the Bundesliga’s Mainz on a four-year contract, Kicker reported on Thursday. According to the German magazine, the fee has been set at €3 million ($3.3 million) for the 22-year-old Japan international, ...

Usami strikes twice to lead Gamba past Seoul in ACL

May 20, 2015

Usami strikes twice to lead Gamba past Seoul in ACL

In-form forward Takashi Usami scored a superb second-half brace and Japanese treble winner Gamba Osaka won 3-1 at FC Seoul in the first leg of the Asian Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday night. Usami, the J. League leading scorer with 10 goals ...

Sterling booed at award ceremony

May 20, 2015

Sterling booed at award ceremony

A mixture of boos and calls for him to stay greeted Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling when he received the club’s Young Player of the Year award on Tuesday, a day after it emerged he wants a transfer. The 20-year-old — who joined ...

Leandro double propels Reysol past Suwon

May 19, 2015

Leandro double propels Reysol past Suwon

Leandro bagged a brace as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to score an emphatic 3-2 first-leg victory over Suwon Samsung FC in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Leandro struck on either side of halftime for Group E winners Reysol, ...

May 19, 2015

Frontale to face visiting Dortmund in July friendly

Shinji Kagawa and Borussia Dortmund will play Kawasaki Frontale in a July friendly, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday. Dortmund will face Kawasaki at Todoroki Stadium on July 7 as part of its Asian tour, with the club also passing through Singapore and Malaysia. ...

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

May 18, 2015

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

Women’s world champion Japan kicked off its pre-World Cup training camp on Monday in Kagawa Prefecture as the Nadeshiko began their quest to retain the title they won four years ago in Germany. “Putting on the blue shirt again, I feel like it’s finally ...

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

May 18, 2015

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s short-lived trophy drought by scoring the goal that clinched the Spanish League title on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at dethroned champion Atletico Madrid. Messi slotted in the decisive goal in the 65th minute after working a sublime one-two passing ...

Reysol ready for ACL showdown

May 17, 2015

Reysol ready for ACL showdown

Kashiwa Reysol take on Suwon Bluewings in the round-of-16 first leg of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, hoping they can replicate their last away performance against the South Korean outfit in the group stage two years ago. Masato Kudo, Junya Tanaka and Ryoichi ...

Gerrard plays home finale

May 17, 2015

Gerrard plays home finale

Carrying one daughter on his shoulders and with his two others by his side, Steven Gerrard circled the field inside Anfield and received the acclaim of his adoring Liverpool fans one last time. Red-and-white scarves were thrown in front of him. He was serenaded ...

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

May 16, 2015

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds remained unbeaten through 11 games and at the summit of the J. League after thrashing FC Tokyo 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Tadanari Lee, Takahiro Sekine, Yuki Muto and substitute Tsukasa Umesaki scored for Mihailo Petrovic’s men in an unexpectedly ...