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Dec 22, 2016

Argentina finishes year atop FIFA world rankings

Lionel Messi’s beaten Copa America finalist Argentina ends the year at the top of FIFA’s world rankings while France, defeated in the Euro 2016 final, was named “mover of the year.” Argentina finishes 2016 out in front of archrival Brazil to inherit the “team ...

Japan captain Hasebe earns Frankfurt contract extension

Dec 21, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe earns Frankfurt contract extension

German first-division club Eintracht Frankfurt said Tuesday it has extended the contract of Japan midfielder Makoto Hasebe. Two-time World Cup captain Hasebe, 32, joined Frankfurt from Nuremberg in the summer of 2014 and his extension will keep him at the club until the end ...

Dec 20, 2016

Real Madrid transfer ban lowered to one window by CAS

Real Madrid’s ban on signing players has been reduced to one transfer window after the club’s appeal against a FIFA punishment for illegally buying under-age foreigners was partially upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday. A CAS statement said world ...

Dec 20, 2016

Kyoto Sanga set to sign Tulio: source

Former Japan international defender Marcus Tulio Tanaka is close to joining J. League second-division club Kyoto Sanga, a source said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old, who was let go by relegated J1 side Nagoya Grampus in November, has replied positively to Kyoto’s offer and the ...

Dec 20, 2016

Mane lifts Liverpool over Everton in extra time

Sadio Mane grabbed the winner in the fourth minute of injury time as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 on Monday to head into Christmas in second place in the Premier League and extend its recent dominance of Merseyside derbies. Substitute Daniel Sturridge’s low long-range shot ...

Dec 18, 2016

Nacional takes third place at CWC

Colombia’s Atletico Nacional secured third place at the Club World Cup with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Mexico’s Club America after an entertaining 2-2 draw on Sunday. South American champion Nacional squandered a two-goal lead in regulation, but Miguel Borja scored the winning ...

Chelsea sinks Crystal Palace

Dec 18, 2016

Chelsea sinks Crystal Palace

Diego Costa earned Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Saturday as the Premier League leaders claimed a club record-tying 11th consecutive league victory. Costa headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 43rd minute at a foggy Selhurst Park to send Antonio Conte’s ...