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Portugal stuns host France

Jul 11, 2016

Portugal stuns host France

Portugal overcame the loss of injured captain Cristiano Ronaldo to beat France 1-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday, with a goal in extra time from substitute Eder securing the country’s first soccer title. Just as the final looked destined for a penalty ...

Jul 10, 2016

Brazilian striker Lopes to join Sanfrecce

Sanfrecce Hiroshima have agreed to sign Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes on loan from Tombense, the J. League champions announced on Sunday. Lopes will be counted on to plug the hole that will be left by Arsenal-bound Takuma Asano, who plays his final game for ...

Jul 10, 2016

Pele, 75, to get married for third time

Soccer legend Pele is getting married Tuesday for the third time, tying the knot with his girlfriend of six years Marcia Cibele Aoki. Pele, 75, told O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that this time, he has found “love forever.” Pele and Aoki met ...

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Jul 9, 2016

Scorers Saito, Togashi, Ito guide Marinos past Avispa

Yokohama F. Marinos eased past struggling Avispa Fukuoka 3-0 to make it two wins out of two in the J. League second stage on Saturday night. Manabu Saito opened the scoring with a trademark strike late in the first half, before Cayman Togashi stood ...

Jul 8, 2016

New Milan boss ready to get acquainted with Honda

New AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella praised midfielder Keisuke Honda during his introductory news conference Thursday, saying he would get to know the “fantastic” Japan international while taking the helm of the Serie A club. “Honda is a fantastic player with well-defined characteristics,” Montella ...

Griezmann's double sends host France into Euro final

Jul 8, 2016

Griezmann's double sends host France into Euro final

France is heading back to soccer’s elite, and Antoine Griezmann is the man leading the way. Griezmann scored both goals to give France a 2-0 win over world champion Germany on Thursday and a place in the European Championship final against Portugal. It was ...

Jul 7, 2016

Bielsa named new Lazio coach

Serie A club Lazio confirmed on Wednesday the appointment of former Argentina boss Marcelo Bielsa as its new coach. The 60-year-old, who has been without a coaching job since abruptly leaving French club Marseille after the first match of last season, takes over from ...

Ronaldo sparks Portugal past Wales, into Euro final

Jul 7, 2016

Ronaldo sparks Portugal past Wales, into Euro final

Cristiano Ronaldo had just propelled Portugal into another European Championship final when he made for Gareth Bale, shared a long conversation with his Real Madrid teammate and gave him a sympathetic hug. The battle of the superstar forwards turned into a one-man show — ...

Messi given 21-month suspended sentence for tax fraud

Jul 6, 2016

Messi given 21-month suspended sentence for tax fraud

A Barcelona court on Friday gave Lionel Messi and his father suspended sentences of 21 months in prison for tax fraud. The court found both the Barcelona star and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department to ...

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Jul 6, 2016

Nadeshiko stalwarts Miyama, Iwabuchi to miss Sweden friendly

Nadeshiko Japan coach Asako Takakura overlooked regular captain Aya Miyama for selection as she named her squad on Wednesday for an upcoming friendly away to Sweden. Miyama, the three-time Asian Player of the Year, missed Japan’s first two matches under Takakura against world champion ...

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Jul 6, 2016

Kiyotake targets playing time at Sevilla

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has spoken of his pride in joining Spanish La Liga side Sevilla, but admitted he has a fight on his hands to win a regular place in the team after being unveiled by the Europa League champions on Tuesday. “I ...