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Figo needs more than fame to unseat Blatter

Mar 13, 2015

Figo needs more than fame to unseat Blatter

As Luis Figo exited a hotel elevator on his way to breakfast, he was approached by a fan carrying a cardboard tube. The man, who had waited at least an hour for the one-time world’s best soccer player at the Bourbon hotel in Asuncion, ...

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

Mar 13, 2015

Halilhodzic confident of getting Japan back on track

by Andrew Mckirdy

New national team manager Vahid Halilhodzic believes he is the man to revive Japan’s flagging fortunes, but warns the transformation from Asian Cup flops to World Cup hopefuls will not happen overnight. Bosnian Halilhodzic arrived in Japan on Friday, a day after being named ...

Mar 12, 2015

Forlan retires from national team

Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan, the 2010 World Cup MVP and joint top scorer, on Thursday announced his retirement from international soccer. The 35-year-old Forlan made the announcement at a news conference with his J. League second-division club Cerezo Osaka and admitted it wasn’t an ...

Real makes quarters despite Schalke loss

Mar 11, 2015

Real makes quarters despite Schalke loss

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday with two goals in a pulsating 4-3 defeat to Schalke that saw the holders squeeze through to the quarterfinals with a 5-4 victory on aggregate. Madrid’s first scare of the night came when ...

Welbeck's goal sinks Man United, sends Arsenal into semis

Mar 10, 2015

Welbeck's goal sinks Man United, sends Arsenal into semis

Danny Welbeck scored the winner in his return to former club Manchester United as Arsenal won 2-1 at Old Trafford on Monday night to reach the F.A. Cup semifinals and stay on course to defend the trophy. Angel Di Maria’s 77th-minute sending-off for two ...

Kaka scores equalizer in MLS debut

Mar 9, 2015

Kaka scores equalizer in MLS debut

Major League Soccer wanted to have a memorable night in the first game for its two new teams. Thanks to a late goal by one of the league’s biggest offseason additions, it got it. Orlando City’s Kaka scored in stoppage time to give the ...

Okazaki ends goal drought to earn Mainz draw

Mar 8, 2015

Okazaki ends goal drought to earn Mainz draw

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored his first goal in 10 matches to earn Mainz a 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the German first division on Saturday. Monchengladbach appeared to be on its way to maximum points after moving into a 2-0 ...

Omae double helps S-Pulse to win over Antlers

Mar 8, 2015

Omae double helps S-Pulse to win over Antlers

Genki Omae struck in each half as Shimizu S-Pulse defeated Kashima Antlers 3-1 to open their J. League season with a victory on Sunday. Captain and former Antler Takuya Honda netted the decisive second for Katsumi Oenoki’s side, which barely survived relegation last season ...

Mar 7, 2015

JFA boss, Halilhodzic held talks in Paris

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini revealed he spoke with Vahid Halilhodzic, who has reached a basic agreement to become Japan’s next national team coach, during a layover in Paris before returning home from his South American trip on Saturday. Daini said he spoke ...

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

Mar 7, 2015

Frontale dominate opener against F. Marinos

by Andrew Mckirdy

J. League Frontale 3 Marinos 1 Kawasaki Frontale turned on the style to open the new J. League season with a 3-1 win over local rivals Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday. New Brazilian signing Elsinho gave Frontale the lead after just three minutes in ...

Mar 6, 2015

Striker Kurobe announces retirement

Former Japan striker Teruaki Kurobe announced his retirement on his official website on Friday, his 37th birthday. “I have had the support of many different people over 15 years as a pro and all I can say is that I am grateful to the ...