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/ Jul 7, 2017

Podolski impresses Kobe teammates in first training session

Former German international striker Lukas Podolski impressed his new teammates on Friday as he began training with Vissel Kobe following his high-profile move to the J. League first-division club.The 32-year-old Podolski, who was introduced by the club on Thursday, looked sharp during the light ...

/ Jul 7, 2017

Lee ruled out for four weeks with injury

Urawa Reds striker Tadanari Lee will be out for up to four weeks with a knee injury, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The former Southampton forward damaged ligaments in his left knee after coming on as a late substitute in Wednesday night’s ...

Jul 7, 2017

Kristick hired to run 2026 World Cup bid

John Kristick, a managing director of the failed U.S. bid to host the 2022 World Cup and a former executive of FIFA marketing partner Infront Sports & Media, has been hired as executive director for the United Bid Committee of the U.S., Mexico and ...

Jul 7, 2017

Silva out of coma after swimming accident

The San Jose Earthquakes say Matheus Silva has emerged from a coma, two days after the Brazilian defender was rescued from Lake Tahoe.Silva, who was playing this season for Reno 1868 FC, struggled while swimming at a Fourth of July gathering. He was pulled ...

Jul 7, 2017

Platini loses appeal of FIFA suspension

Switzerland’s supreme court has dismissed an appeal by former FIFA vice president Michel Platini against his four-year ban for financial wrongdoing.The Swiss Federal Tribunal said Thursday that the ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport “does not appear to be manifestly excessive.” ...

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

/ Jul 6, 2017

Podolski arrives with promise to boost Japan game

German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski on Thursday vowed to bolster enthusiasm for Japanese soccerl after arriving to join Vissel Kobe, bucking a trend of big-name players moving to cash-rich China.“I know the J. League is the strongest in Asia and I am determined ...

Jul 6, 2017

Earthquakes player pulled from Lake Tahoe

A player for the San Jose Earthquakes was rescued from Lake Tahoe in critical condition.Matheus Silva was swimming on the Fourth of July when he had to be rescued. He was resuscitated and taken to a nearby hospital. The 20-year-old was later flown to ...

Haraguchi says Brighton move still up in air

Jul 5, 2017

Haraguchi says Brighton move still up in air

Japan striker Genki Haraguchi says his rumored transfer to newly promoted English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion from Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin is still up in the air.Speaking to reporters at Tokyo’s Haneda airport before leaving for Germany to join up with ...

/ Jul 4, 2017

Hiroshima manager Moriyasu resigns

Sanfrecce Hiroshima coach Hajime Moriyasu has resigned to take responsibility for his side’s poor performance this season, the J. League first-division club said Tuesday.Moriyasu, 48, offered to step down after Hiroshima’s 4-3 away defeat to Urawa Reds on Saturday and the club could not ...

Ex-Chelsea captain Terry inks one-year deal with Aston Villa

Jul 4, 2017

Ex-Chelsea captain Terry inks one-year deal with Aston Villa

Rather than retire or play against Chelsea, John Terry decided to join a team that was unlikely to face the Premier League champions.The former Chelsea captain signed a one-year deal with second-division club Aston Villa on Monday, three days after ending a 22-year association ...