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Jun 8, 2016

Yoshida unsure of future with Southampton

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said Wednesday he is uncertain of how things will be at Southampton with manager Ronald Koeman reportedly on his way to Everton. “The manager might change and I don’t know how things will turn out for me,” Yoshida said, a ...

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Jun 8, 2016

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic ripped into his players and accused them of not being nasty enough after their lack of a mean streak was laid bare in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Kirin Cup final defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Japan a 28th-minute ...

Spain falls to Georgia in final tuneup

Jun 8, 2016

Spain falls to Georgia in final tuneup

Spain lost 1-0 to Georgia at home on Tuesday in its final warmup before heading to France to defend its European Championship title. Spain dominated from the start but failed to capitalize on its scoring chances, while Georgia took its only significant chance, following ...

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Jun 7, 2016

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Japan’s 11-match unbeaten streak came to an end in its last warm-up for the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, Vahid Halilhodzic’s men going down 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the four-nation Kirin Cup final. Hiroshi Kiyotake put ...

Jun 7, 2016

Pele memorabilia auction begins in London

The three-day sale of more than 2,000 items from world soccer icon Pele’s personal memorabilia kicked off on Tuesday, with shirts, souvenirs and medals all going under the hammer. The Brazil legend’s collection of items from his extraordinary career, being sold in London by ...

Jun 7, 2016

Eriksen hat trick sparks Denmark in rout of Bulgaria

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen scored a second-half hat trick as Denmark thrashed Bulgaria 4-0 to take third place at the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday. Morten Rasmussen opened the scoring late in the first half and Eriksen struck in the 72nd and 74th ...

Jun 7, 2016

Injury bothering Colombia's Rodriquez

Colombia star James Rodriguez could miss his nation’s Copa America match on Tuesday against Paraguay. Coach Jose Pekerman said Monday that Rodriguez hurt his left shoulder in a 2-0 victory over the United States to open the tournament. But he added that the availability ...

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

Jun 7, 2016

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

On the day his grandmother died back home, Angel Di Maria’s mother asked him to stay with his team, stay focused, and represent his country well in Copa America. Di Maria scored in the 51st minute off a pass from Ever Banega, then later ...

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Jun 6, 2016

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki believes Leicester City strike-partner Jamie Vardy would make a seamless transition at Arsenal if he joins the Gunners just weeks after helping the Foxes complete a fairy-tale run to their first Premier League title. Vardy, who scored 24 goals last ...

Nadeshiko-U.S. game abandoned in storm

Jun 6, 2016

Nadeshiko-U.S. game abandoned in storm

The second match of Japan’s two-game friendly series away to the United States on Sunday was halted and ultimately abandoned with the Americans leading 2-0 in the second half because of a thunderstorm. Goals from Julie Johnston in the 27th minute and Alex Morgan ...

Jun 6, 2016

Consadole's Inamoto out for season with torn ACL

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto will miss the rest of the J. League second-division season after being ruled out for eight months with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, Consadole Sapporo announced on Monday. Inamoto, 36, suffered the injury on ...

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Jun 5, 2016

Halilhodzic vows to put emotions to one side against Bosnia

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic insists there will be no room for sentiment when the Samurai Blue take on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final of the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday night. The 63-year-old Halilhodzic, who holds Bosnian and French nationality, rejected the offer ...