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Cerezo falls against Pohang in ACL

Cerezo Osaka’s hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the Asian Champions suffered a blow after they were beaten 2-0 at home to 2009 champions Pohang Steelers in their penultimate Group E game on Wednesday. In China, Naoki Ishihara scored twice in the space of three minutes as J. ...

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Apr 16, 2014

Urawa narrowly survives scare from Tokushima in Nabisco Cup

Urawa Reds barely avoided what would’ve been the embarrassment of the season as Mihailo Petrovic’s men came back in the nick of time to defeat Tokushima Vortis 4-3 in the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday. Mizuki Hamada’s stoppage-time header allowed Urawa to escape with all ...

Apr 16, 2014

Asian Cup to add eight teams in 2019

In order to allow for more member associations to be part of Asia’s flagship competition, the AFC Executive Committee on Wednesday approved a proposal to increase the number of teams in the Asian Cup from the current 16 to 24 starting from the 2019 ...

Apr 13, 2014

AC Milan's Honda sidelined by ankle sprain

Injured AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda will miss Sunday’s home tie to Catania after being left out of the squad for the Serie A match. Honda sprained his left ankle in training on Thursday. The severity of the injury was not initially known, but ...

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

Apr 12, 2014

Kawamata on target as Albirex sink Antlers

by Gus Fielding

Kengo Kawamata strengthened his case for inclusion in Japan’s World Cup squad with a fabulous strike as Albirex Niigata knocked Kashima Antlers off the J. League summit with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Kawamata opened the scoring midway through the first half with a ...

Apr 12, 2014

UEFA: Courtois free to face Chelsea

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be free to face his parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, UEFA claimed Friday. European soccer’s governing body said that any provision in Courtois’ loan agreement preventing his participation is against the competition’s rules. “Both the ...

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Apr 11, 2014

Kawasaki chokes on Kashiwa's defense

Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League’s top scoring side, were stifled by Kashiwa Reysol, settling for a 1-1 draw that ended their three-game win streak on Friday. Frontale, who lead J1 with 16 goals from seven games, failed to overcome Leandro’s early strike at Todoroki ...

Apr 11, 2014

Real-United tickets sell like hotcakes

It took less than a day for all tickets to sell out at the 100,000-plus seat Michigan Stadium for the Aug. 2 exhibition game between world soccer powerhouses Manchester United and Real Madrid. Organizers of the International Cup Championship said Wednesday that all seats ...

Apr 11, 2014

Dempsey has highest MLS salary

Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey is the league’s highest-paid player at $6,695,000 in guaranteed compensation this season. Toronto FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy each have three of the 12 players making seven-figure salaries, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union. The ...

Apr 10, 2014

Zaccheroni set for final European scouting trip

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has departed for his final European scouting trip ahead of next month’s World Cup squad announcement, saying he will take a hard look at the players who are on the borderline. This weekend, Zaccheroni, who will name his 23 for ...

Apr 10, 2014

F.A. nixes Hull City name change

The English Football Association has rejected a bid by Hull City’s owner to change the Premier League team’s name to Hull Tigers. Hull owner Assem Allam had claimed a name change will attract investors and boost the club’s marketing appeal abroad. In January, the ...