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Apr 23, 2015

Japan picked to host 2015, '16 Club World Cup

Japan has been reappointed as host of the FIFA Club World Cup for the next two years, the sport’s world governing body announced on Thursday. FIFA said the annual tournament would be held in Japan in 2015 and 2016 with this year’s edition scheduled ...

Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

Apr 22, 2015

Taketomi double helps Kashiwa reach last 16 of ACL

by Gus Fielding

Kosuke Taketomi scored twice as Kashiwa Reysol became the first Japanese team to reach the last 16 of this year’s Asian Champions League with a 3-2 win at home to South Korea’s Jeonbuk Motors on Wednesday night. Eduardo put Kashiwa in front early on, ...

Bayern routs Porto to reach Champions League semifinals

Apr 22, 2015

Bayern routs Porto to reach Champions League semifinals

Bayern Munich outclassed Porto 6-1 on Tuesday to reach its fourth consecutive Champions League semifinal and give coach Pep Guardiola an emphatic victory in his 100th match in charge of the German powerhouse. Robert Lewandowski scored two goals as the five-time champions roared back ...

Apr 19, 2015

Kazu scores again to rewrite record

Evergreen striker Kazuyoshi Miura scored his second goal of the season on Sunday to extend his record as the J. League’s oldest scorer. Miura, at the age of 48 years, 1 month, 24 days, scored in the first half of Yokohama FC’s second-division match ...

Apr 19, 2015

Okazaki brace earns Mainz victory

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki grabbed a brace to take his goal tally for the season to 12 as Mainz beat Freiburg 3-2 away in the German first division on Saturday. Okazaki put Mainz in front six minutes before halftime, racing in at the back ...

Chelsea closes in on league crown

Apr 19, 2015

Chelsea closes in on league crown

While rarely ruthless, Chelsea is easing to the English Premier League title. With a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday, Chelsea surged 10 points clear of Arsenal. But as Arsenal’s hopes of a first league title since 2004 took a further hit, the ...

Antlers finish strong against Reysol

Apr 16, 2015

Antlers finish strong against Reysol

by Gus Fielding

Kashima Antlers won 3-1 away to Kashiwa Reysol in the J. League on Thursday night to extend their unbeaten run to four league matches. Naomichi Ueda headed Kashima in front in first-half stoppage time with his first career goal and, after Eduardo had equalized ...

Apr 15, 2015

Gamba defender Nishino to miss three months with injury

Gamba Osaka’s Japan Under-22 defender Takaharu Nishino is expected to be out of action for three months after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot, the J League champions announced on Wednesday. Nishino suffered the injury in Gamba’s 2-1 win away to Thailand’s ...