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May 2, 2016

Japan, Australia deepen soccer ties

Australia and Japan on Monday pledged closer ties between the A-League and the J. League, inking an agreement to share technical, marketing and administrative expertise. The deal paves the way for matches at elite youth level between Australian and Japanese clubs and encourages loan ...

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

May 1, 2016

Kagawa helps keep Dortmund's title hopes alive

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored for the second game in a row and created another for Adrian Ramos inside the first 10 minutes as Borussia Dortmund destroyed Wolfsburg 5-1 on Saturday to keep its slim Bundesliga title hopes alive. With two games left, Dortmund ...

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Apr 30, 2016

Former Leicester player Abe praises Okazaki

Ex-Leicester City midfielder Yuki Abe has hailed Shinji Okazaki’s contribution to the Foxes as their Premier League season draws to a fairy-tale climax, and says he is not surprised that the Japan striker has become a hit at King Power Stadium. Leicester — 5,000-1 ...

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

Apr 29, 2016

First-place Reds dominant in win over Grampus

The high-flying Urawa Reds maintained their grip on top spot in the J. League first division with a comprehensive 4-1 win at home to Nagoya Grampus on Friday. Nagoya’s Swedish striker Robin Simovic canceled out Yosuke Kashiwagi’s opener with a blistering effort shortly before ...

Apr 28, 2016

Antlers, Colombian squad to square off in Suruga Bank Championship

Kashima Antlers will take on Copa Sudamericana champion Santa Fe of Colombia in the Suruga Bank Championship this summer, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Santa Fe defeated Argentina’s Huracan on penalties after a 0-0 aggregate draw over two legs in December, setting up ...

Apr 28, 2016

Iwata's Bothroyd injures left ankle

Jubilo Iwata striker Jay Bothroyd has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and is expected to rejoin his teammates for training early next month, the J. League first-division side said on Thursday. The former Cardiff City forward, who is the second-top scorer in ...

Atletico grabs advantage over Bayern in Champions League semi

Apr 28, 2016

Atletico grabs advantage over Bayern in Champions League semi

An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Niguez cleared three defenders before entering the area and hitting a low, well-placed shot ...

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

Apr 27, 2016

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

The Japan Football Association appointed Nadeshiko Japan’s first ever female manager on Wednesday, naming four-time Asian women’s coach of the year Asako Takakura as successor to Norio Sasaki. Takakura will also be in charge of the under-20 national side, and the JFA has entrusted ...

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Apr 27, 2016

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Real Madrid failed to turn late domination into a goal without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester City held on for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. City goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented Madrid from taking an ...