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Apr 28, 2016

Antlers, Colombian squad to square off in Suruga Bank Championship

Kashima Antlers will take on Copa Sudamericana champion Santa Fe of Colombia in the Suruga Bank Championship this summer, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. Santa Fe defeated Argentina’s Huracan on penalties after a 0-0 aggregate draw over two legs in December, setting up ...

Apr 28, 2016

Iwata's Bothroyd injures left ankle

Jubilo Iwata striker Jay Bothroyd has been diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and is expected to rejoin his teammates for training early next month, the J. League first-division side said on Thursday. The former Cardiff City forward, who is the second-top scorer in ...

Atletico grabs advantage over Bayern in Champions League semi

Apr 28, 2016

Atletico grabs advantage over Bayern in Champions League semi

An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave Atletico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Niguez cleared three defenders before entering the area and hitting a low, well-placed shot ...

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

Apr 27, 2016

Takakura hired as first female manager of Nadeshiko Japan

The Japan Football Association appointed Nadeshiko Japan’s first ever female manager on Wednesday, naming four-time Asian women’s coach of the year Asako Takakura as successor to Norio Sasaki. Takakura will also be in charge of the under-20 national side, and the JFA has entrusted ...

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Apr 27, 2016

Madrid holds City 0-0 in Champions League semifinal

Real Madrid failed to turn late domination into a goal without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester City held on for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. City goalkeeper Joe Hart prevented Madrid from taking an ...

JFA boss Tashima eager to put end to J. League schedule debate

Apr 26, 2016

JFA boss Tashima eager to put end to J. League schedule debate

Japan Football Association president Kozo Tashima wants to put an end to the running debate on the potential switch to a fall-spring season for the J. League. A month has passed since Tashima beat former general secretary Hiromi Hara in the JFA’s first presidential ...

Apr 26, 2016

Jury finds Hillsborough Stadium victims 'unlawfully killed'

A jury has found that 96 soccer fans were “unlawfully killed” in the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster because of mistakes by the police. The verdicts mark the conclusion of inquests that lasted more than two years into Britain’s worst sporting disaster. The original verdicts ...

Apr 26, 2016

Japan U-23 squad to face South Africa in June friendly

Japan’s under-23 national side will face potential Olympic opponent South Africa in a June 29 friendly in Nagano Prefecture, the Japan Football Association said Tuesday. The game at Matsumotodaira Park Stadium will be Japan’s last on home soil before the Rio de Janeiro Games. ...

Apr 26, 2016

Leicester's Vardy suspended for upcoming game

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been banned for an extra game and will miss Sunday’s trip to Manchester United, where the Foxes could clinch the English Premier League title. The England forward has also been fined £10,000 ($14,500) following his outburst at referee Jon ...

Spurs stumble hands Leicester keys to title

Apr 26, 2016

Spurs stumble hands Leicester keys to title

Leicester is one victory from becoming one of the unlikeliest champions in English soccer history — a year after nearly being relegated from the Premier League. The path to the trophy became clearer Monday after closest challenger Tottenham was held to a 1-1 draw ...

Apr 25, 2016

JFA targeting Takakura for Nadeshiko Japan post

The Japan Football Association is poised to ask women’s Under-20 head coach Asako Takakura to take over the women’s national team, Nadeshiko Japan, following a decision by the JFA Women’s Committee on Monday. The decision will be reported to JFA President Kozo Tashima on ...