Soccer Topics

Aug 10, 2014

Blatter issues challenge to critics

FIFA president Sepp Blatter challenged his critics to “take a risk” and run for election against him next year. “Don’t speak — go out and fight, then you will see,” Blatter said Saturday at his annual charity soccer tournament. “People, they say I should ...

Aug 10, 2014

Nasri announces he's finished playing for France

Manchester City’s French midfielder Samir Nasri has decided to quit international soccer over a breakdown in his relationship with national coach Didier Deschamps and the French media. The 27-year-old playmaker won the Premier League last season with City but was left out of the ...

Aug 7, 2014

Japan men's soccer squad to face Jamaica, Brazil in fall

The Japan Football Association announced Thursday that the men’s national team will play Jamaica and Brazil in October. Japan will host Jamaica on Oct. 10 in Niigata at Denka Big Swan Stadium and will play Brazil four days later in Singapore. Japan lost its ...

Chelsea reunites with star Drogba

Jul 26, 2014

Chelsea reunites with star Drogba

Didier Drogba rejoined Chelsea on Friday, reuniting one of the sport’s most theatrical characters with flamboyant Blues manager Jose Mourinho. The Cote d’Ivoire striker, who was a free agent after stints with China’s Shanghai Shenhua and Turkey’s Galatasaray, signed a season-long deal with the ...

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 25, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

by Andrew Mckirdy

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

Jul 24, 2014

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

by Andrew Mckirdy

The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan’s new national team manager. Aguirre, who has twice led Mexico at the World Cup and has managed several club teams in Spain and his native country, succeeds Alberto Zaccheroni after the ...

Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Jul 15, 2014

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia’s James Rodriguez. “I would give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just ...

Germans savor return to soccer summit

Jul 14, 2014

Germans savor return to soccer summit

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II ...