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Halilhodzic cracks whip after North Korea defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic has blasted his players and ordered them to show some pride after a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in their East Asian Cup opener in China on Sunday. Second-string Japan made a dream start as Yuki Muto fired the defending champions into a third-minute lead ...

Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Aug 2, 2015

Japan stunned by North Korea in East Asian Cup opener

Yuki Muto scored on his debut but holder Japan was sentenced to a shock 2-1 defeat to North Korea in its opening match at the East Asian Cup on Sunday night. Muto struck early in the first half but North Korea piled on the ...

Aug 2, 2015

Okazaki scores first Leicester goal

Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki opened his account with Premier League club Leicester City on Saturday, netting the winner as the Foxes came from 2-0 down to beat second-tier Birmingham City 3-2 in a preseason friendly. Leicester started brightly but two goals in the ...

Atletico Madrid holds off Tosu on penalties

Aug 1, 2015

Atletico Madrid holds off Tosu on penalties

Atletico Madrid labored past Sagan Tosu 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a preseason friendly for the Spanish side at Best Amenity Stadium on Saturday. Diego Simeone’s side, which finished third behind Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga last season, led ...

Aug 1, 2015

S-Pulse's Oenoki poised to resign

Katsumi Oenoki has stepped down as manager of struggling J. League first-division club Shimizu S-Pulse, the team announced on Saturday. The 50-year-old Oenoki offered his resignation to take responsibility for the Shizuoka club’s dreadful form this season. He is expected to be replaced by ...

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Jul 31, 2015

Determined Japan awaits start of East Asian Cup

Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic says his players are fatigued but determined to defend the East Asian Cup ahead of their opening match of the four-team tournament against North Korea on Sunday. Japan’s Europe-based stars are absent as the tournament falls outside of the official ...

Jul 31, 2015

Brazil backs Zico for FIFA presidential bid

The Brazilian Football Federation said Thursday it is backing national legend Zico’s bid to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. The endorsement was a big boost for Zico, 62, who has previously conceded lacking support from Brazil’s top soccer brass. However, to establish himself ...

South Korean Chung to run for FIFA president

Jul 30, 2015

South Korean Chung to run for FIFA president

Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, one of the most influential figures in Asian soccer, said on Thursday he is entering the race to replace Sepp Blatter as president of the sport’s world governing body. Chung, the 63-year-old billionaire scion of South Korea’s Hyundai ...

Jul 30, 2015

Fujita, Rokutan added to Japan squad for East Asian Cup

Midfielder Naoyuki Fujita and goalkeeper Yuji Rokutan have been added to Japan’s East Asian Cup team, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Fujita, who plays for Sagan Tosu, and Rokutan of Vegalta Sendai will replace Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shuichi Gonda, respectively. Kashiwagi, who plays ...

Rivals knock Platini's bid for FIFA presidency

Jul 30, 2015

Rivals knock Platini's bid for FIFA presidency

UEFA boss Michel Platini announced he would stand for president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA on Wednesday, and immediately ran into a storm of criticism from two of his potential rivals. Platini’s announcement ended weeks of speculation over whether the 60-year-old Frenchman would ...

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Jul 29, 2015

Douglas scores twice as Sanfrecce whip Vissel

Brazilian midfielder Douglas bagged his second double in as many games as Sanfrecce Hiroshima crushed Vissel Kobe 4-0 away on Wednesday night to maintain their perfect start to the second stage of the J. League. Hisato Sato set up Douglas for the opener and ...

Jul 29, 2015

Platini reveals plan to run for FIFA presidency

Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body “the dignity and the position it deserves.” Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday ...