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Mar 5, 2015

FC Basel's Kakitani scores hat trick in Swiss Cup quarters

Yoichiro Kakitani found the net three times in Swiss powerhouse FC Basel’s 6-1 victory in the Swiss Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. The former Cerezo Osaka striker put in a full shift against second-division side Munsingen, scoring in the 24th, 43rd and 59th minute.

Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Mar 5, 2015

Halilhodzic agrees to manage Japan

Ex-Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic has agreed to manage Japan, Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Wednesday. Speaking at the CONMEBOL (South American football confederation) Congress in Asuncion, Daini said Halilhodzic and the JFA have reached agreement on the basic parameters of a deal ...

Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Mar 5, 2015

Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Nadeshiko Japan was stunned 2-1 by Denmark in their Group C opener of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Sanne Troelsgaard scored early and set up Denmark’s second by Johanna Rasmussen. Kozue Ando leveled midway through the first half for Norio Sasaki’s side, which is ...

Brisbane beats Urawa in ACL clash

Mar 4, 2015

Brisbane beats Urawa in ACL clash

by Gus Fielding

Urawa Reds’ early season woes were compounded with a 1-0 home defeat to Brisbane Roar in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Brandon Borrello struck the clincher early for Brisbane on another miserable night for 2007 champions Reds, who finished the game with ...

Villa, Saints grab dramatic late wins

Mar 4, 2015

Villa, Saints grab dramatic late wins

Southampton and Aston Villa scored late winners in matches affecting opposite ends of the Premier League on Tuesday, while a touchline spat between the managers marred Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Hull. Southampton revived its unlikely tilt at Champions League qualification thanks to Sadio Mane’s ...

Mar 4, 2015

Halilhodzic to respond in mid-March

Top managerial candidate Vahid Halilhodzic told Bosnia and Herzegovina daily Dnevni Avaz Tuesday that “Everything will be known by mid-March,” when asked about responding to Japan’s offer for the coaching job. Halilhodzic, 62, made no further comment, it said. Japan Football Association president Kuniya ...

Reysol trounce Binh Duong in Asian Champions League

Mar 3, 2015

Reysol trounce Binh Duong in Asian Champions League

Kashiwa Reysol produced the J. League’s first win of the Asian Champions League this season with a 5-1 rout of Vietnamese champion Binh Duong on Tuesday. Former Japan forward Masato Kudo led the way with a brace that earned him man-of-the-match honors for Reysol, ...

Spurs legend Mackay, hero of 1961 squad, dies at age 80

Mar 3, 2015

Spurs legend Mackay, hero of 1961 squad, dies at age 80

Dave Mackay, described by Tottenham Hotspur as one of their greatest ever players and the heartbeat of their double-winning team of 1961, has died at age 80, the club announced on Monday. The barrel-chested midfielder won 22 caps for Scotland and was a Footballer ...

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Mar 2, 2015

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Former Japan coach Ivica Osim said fellow Bosnian and new managerial candidate Vahid Halilhodzic must “become Japanese” if the former Algeria boss is to succeed. Osim, who managed Japan from 2006 to 2007 before a near fatal stroke forced him to step down, served ...