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Feb 3, 2016

Guangzhou snaps up Atletico striker Martinez

Guangzhou Evergrande has signed striker Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid for a bumper transfer fee of €42 million ($46 million), the south China club confirmed on Wednesday. The Colombia international, who has inked a four-year deal, will link up with fellow South Americans Paulinho ...

Feb 2, 2016

Afghan Soccer Federation to arrange meeting between Messi, young boy

The Afghan Football Federation plans to set up a meeting between Lionel Messi and 5-year-old Afghan fan Martaza Ahmadi who became an Internet sensation when photos circulated of him wearing an improvised Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali ...

Feb 2, 2016

Veteran striker Tanaka rejoins Reysol

Former Japan international Junya Tanaka will return to Kashiwa Reysol, his Portuguese club Sporting announced on Monday. Tanaka, who was limited to just three league appearances this season, will be on loan to Kashiwa until July 2017, Sporting said. The deal includes an option ...

Guardiola set for Man City

Feb 2, 2016

Guardiola set for Man City

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: Soccer’s most admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe. It’s been four years in the making, but finally they’ll be united. City ...

Terry to leave Chelsea at end of the season

Feb 1, 2016

Terry to leave Chelsea at end of the season

Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract. The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain ...

City starlet Iheanacho takes chance in F.A. Cup

Jan 31, 2016

City starlet Iheanacho takes chance in F.A. Cup

Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham eased into the fifth round of the F.A. Cup on Saturday, as the English Premier League title contenders showed their strength in depth. Though many fringe players got a rare chance to start, none made more of the opportunity ...

JFA elects Tashima as new president

Jan 31, 2016

JFA elects Tashima as new president

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FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima was elected as the next Japan Football Association president on Sunday. Tashima, the current vice president, won 40 of the 75 eligible votes in the JFA council while his opponent, general secretary Hiromi Hara, had 34. There was ...

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Jan 31, 2016

Japan rallies past South Korea for Asian U-23 crown

Substitute Takuma Asano struck twice in the second half as Japan came back from two goals down to beat archrival South Korea 3-2 to win the Asian Under-23 Championship on Saturday. It looked gloomy for Japan after Kwon Chang-hoon opened the scoring in the ...

Jan 30, 2016

Honda would welcome chance to play in Rio Games if asked

AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda said he had not contemplated about representing Japan at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an overage player but admitted he would consider it if asked to go by the Japan Football Association. “I hadn’t thought about that, ...

Jan 30, 2016

J-Village to serve as 2020 Olympic soccer training center

The men’s and women’s national soccer teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will use the J-Village national soccer training center, currently serving as Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s forward base in dealing with the Fukushima nuclear crisis, as their training base, the Japan Football Association ...

Japan U-23s seek to avenge loss to South Korea

Jan 29, 2016

Japan U-23s seek to avenge loss to South Korea

Japan’s Under-23 side have already clinched their place in this summer’s Olympics, but work remains for manager Makoto Teguramori as he prepares his team for the Asian Under-23 Championship final against South Korea on Saturday. “To become No.1 by getting even with the teams ...