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Kagawa enjoys happy return

Sep 14, 2014

Kagawa enjoys happy return

Japan international Shinji Kagawa sparkled on his return to Borussia Dortmund, scoring one goal for the Ruhr Valley club and helping set up another in a 3-1 win over Freiburg on Saturday. The 25-year-old Kagawa, who spent two seasons at Manchester United after winning ...

Reds thrash S-Pulse to strengthen lead atop table

Sep 13, 2014

Reds thrash S-Pulse to strengthen lead atop table

Urawa Reds cruised to a 4-1 win at Shimizu S-Pulse to tighten their grip on top spot on Saturday as first-division action in the J. League resumed after a two-week international break. Ryota Moriwaki scored in his second straight game to set Reds on ...

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Sep 13, 2014

Japan U-21s, Nadeshiko look toward future

Makoto Teguramori’s men will kick off Japan’s Asian Games campaign on Sunday when they take on Kuwait in the soccer competition. Five days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 17th Games, the Japanese under-21s will look to defend the title they won four ...

Sep 12, 2014

Pele says team play vital for Brazil

Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany in the World Cup semifinals: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if it is to win a sixth title. ...

Sep 9, 2014

FIFA pitches alternative 2022 dates

FIFA has offered January and November in 2022 as alternative kickoff dates for the World Cup in Qatar. FIFA said it presented the two options Monday when its consultation group first met to seek ways to avoid playing in the desert heat of June-July. ...

Sep 9, 2014

Welbeck sends England past Swiss

Danny Welbeck scored twice to give England respite from criticism and a deserved 2-0 win at Switzerland in their European Championship qualifying opener on Monday. Welbeck finished off Raheem Sterling’s pass on a fast counter-attack in the 58th minute and slotted in a right-footed ...