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'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Nov 30, 2014

'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi headed in a stoppage-time winner to send Emperor’s Cup finalists Montedio Yamagata into the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division with a 2-1 victory away to Jubilo Iwata on Sunday. Iwata, which finished fourth in J2 this season, ...

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

Nov 29, 2014

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

by Gus Fielding

Urawa Reds surrendered a last-gasp equalizer, and quite possibly the J. League title with it, after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to 10-man Sagan Tosu on Saturday. Yuki Abe’s second-half penalty looked to have clinched the three points and moved Reds ...

Nov 29, 2014

Hospitalized Pele responding well

Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday. The Albert Einstein hospital said the 74-year-old Pele remains in an intensive care unit undergoing “temporary” kidney treatment, but is “lucid” and breathing and ...

Nov 28, 2014

Frontale OKs extension for manager Kazama

Kawasaki Frontale said Friday they have agreed on a two-year contract extension with manager Yahiro Kazama. The 53-year old Kazama who took over during the 2012 campaign, will stay on as boss of the J. League first-division club on a deal running from Feb. ...

Liverpool's hopes still alive after draw against Ludogorets

Nov 27, 2014

Liverpool's hopes still alive after draw against Ludogorets

There was a little respite for under-pressure Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as his side ground out a 2-2 draw away to European minnows Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday. The result ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions for the ...

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

Nov 26, 2014

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

by Gus Fielding

Brazilian forward Patric and strike partner Takashi Usami both scored twice as Gamba Osaka kept alive their hopes of a league and cup treble on Wednesday with a 5-2 win over relegation-haunted Shimizu S-Pulse in the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup. Gamba squandered a ...

Chelsea dismantles Schalke

Nov 26, 2014

Chelsea dismantles Schalke

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea marched into the Champions League last 16 as Group G winners on Tuesday after an emphatic 5-0 win over Robert di Matteo’s Schalke. The Premier League leaders brushed the Royal Blues aside in Gelsenkirchen as captain John Terry put Chelsea ahead ...

Nov 25, 2014

Ailing Pele returns to hospital

Brazilian soccer legend Pele was back in the hospital on Monday, days after he underwent surgery for kidney stones. “Patient Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele) has been admitted for evaluation and remains in stable condition,” said a statement from Albert Einstein Hospital. Local media ...

Nov 24, 2014

Kofu boss Jofuku set to resign post

Ventforet Kofu manager Hiroshi Jofuku will step down at the end of the J. League season. Jofuku had been asked by 13th-place Kofu to return for a fourth season in 2015, but according to several sources on Monday, turned down the offer. A formal ...

Crystal Palace sends Liverpool to fourth straight loss

Nov 24, 2014

Crystal Palace sends Liverpool to fourth straight loss

Liverpool’s rapid downfall continued with a fourth successive loss on Sunday, with Crystal Palace adding to Brendan Rodgers’ woes with a 3-1 victory. The pressure, though, eased on Mauricio Pochettino after his Tottenham team came from behind to beat Hull 2-1 in the Premier ...