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Okazaki leads Leicester into last 16

Nov 23, 2016

Okazaki leads Leicester into last 16

Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in the Champions League to help Leicester City defeat Club Brugge of Belgium 2-1 on Tuesday, as the English club wrapped up first place in Group G and secured a spot in the tournament’s last 16, where the ...

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Nov 22, 2016

Frontale, Antlers to meet in high-pressure playoff semifinal

Kawasaki Frontale only need a draw in Wednesday’s semifinal of the J. League championship playoff against Kashima Antlers to advance, but victory is all they will be playing for, firebrand striker Yoshito Okubo said. “You can’t win if you play with a draw on ...

Nov 22, 2016

Former Japan defender Komano leaving FC Tokyo

Two-time World Cup defender Yuichi Komano is parting ways with FC Tokyo, the J. League first-division club said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old fullback joined Tokyo at the start of the season from Jubilo Iwata, but was loaned out to Avispa Fukuoka in July. Komano, ...

U.S. fires manager Klinsmann

Nov 22, 2016

U.S. fires manager Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as coach of the U.S. soccer team Monday, six days after a 4-0 loss at Costa Rica dropped the Americans to 0-2 in the final round of World Cup qualifying. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena is the favorite to ...

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Nov 21, 2016

Marinos re-sign coach Mombaerts for third season

Yokohama F. Marinos said Monday they have re-signed manager Erick Mombaerts for his third season with the J. League club. As there are views against the 61-year-old Frenchman staying at the helm, Toru Hasegawa, the club president, explained the situation to players after their ...

Nov 21, 2016

Grampus announce striker Sato's arrival

Relegated Nagoya Grampus on Monday announced the signing of Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the all-time second-highest goalscorer in the J. League top flight with 161 goals. “I’ll give my heart and soul to get Nagoya back to where they should be,” said the ...

Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Nov 21, 2016

Costa sends Chelsea into first place

Chelsea replaced Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 1-0 win at Middlesbrough thanks to a first-half Diego Costa strike on Sunday. It was the London side’s sixth successive league victory without conceding a goal and gave it 28 ...

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Nov 20, 2016

Veteran Sanfrecce striker Sato to join Grampus

Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato, the second-highest goalscorer in J. League top-flight history with 161 goals, will join relegated Nagoya Grampus, Sanfrecce’s president said Sunday. “We can do nothing but accept his decision,” said Hidekazu Orita, who had been asking the 34-year-old Sato to ...

Nov 20, 2016

Jubilo make multi-year offer for veteran Nakamura

Yokohama F. Marinos have received an offer for playmaker Shunsuke Nakamura from J. League first division rivals Jubilo Iwata, sources said Sunday. Jubilo’s offer for the 38-year-old former Japan international and Celtic player is for more than one year, according to the sources. Nakamura ...

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Nov 20, 2016

Consadole, S-Pulse gain promotion to J1

Consadole Sapporo and Shimizu S-Pulse finished one-two in the J. League second division, clinching promotion back to the top flight on Sunday. Consadole’s 0-0 home draw to Zweigen Kanazawa was enough to keep them on top of the table with 85 points from the ...

Toure returns to lift City past Palace

Nov 20, 2016

Toure returns to lift City past Palace

Yaya Toure returned to Manchester City’s ranks on Saturday after a public apology to manager Pep Guardiola and scored twice in a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace that took the team to the top of the Premier League alongside Liverpool. While Liverpool’s progress was ...

Nov 19, 2016

Vegalta's Watanabe to remain in charge for 2017 season

Vegalta Sendai announced on Saturday that Susumu Watanabe will manage the club for another season in 2017. Watanabe, who has been in charge of Sendai since April 2014, kept his team afloat in top-flight soccer as Vegalta finished 12th in the overall standings this ...