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Shibasaki helps lift Tenerife past Getafe

Gaku Shibasaki contributed an assist to help Tenerife move within a win of promotion through a 1-0 victory over Spanish rival Getafe at home in the first leg of the La Liga promotion playoff final on Wednesday. At the Heliodoro Rodriguez Lopez, Jorge Saenz converted a pinpoint right-footed cross from ...

Former U.S. women's coach DiCicco dies at 68

Jun 22, 2017

Former U.S. women's coach DiCicco dies at 68

Tony DiCicco, who coached the United States to the 1999 World Cup title before an overflow Rose Bowl crowd in a landmark for women’s soccer, has died at 68. He died Monday at his home in Wethersfield, Connecticut, with his family present, son Anthony ...

Superstar Ronaldo steers Portugal past Russia

Jun 22, 2017

Superstar Ronaldo steers Portugal past Russia

Cristiano Ronaldo set aside his legal troubles to score the winning goal for Portugal on Wednesday in a 1-0 victory over Russia in the Confederations Cup. However, the win was bittersweet as Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro was hospitalized with a suspected leg fracture. Ronaldo ...

/ Jun 21, 2017

Consadole welcomes first J. League player from Thailand

Thailand’s Chanathip Songkrasin had a light workout on Wednesday, a day after he arrived in Sapporo to join J-League first-division side Consadole. The 23 year-old Thai international, the first from his nation to join a J-League team, is on loan from Thai club Muangthong ...

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

/ Jun 21, 2017

Struggling Sanfrecce confident of escaping drop

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Mihael Mikic believes the relegation fear factor is inspiring misfiring Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and the Croatian winger insists he will put “an arm and a leg” on the three-time J. League champions escaping the drop. Hiroshima was the better team for long stretches of Saturday’s ...

Spanish prosecutor accuses Mourinho of tax fraud

Jun 20, 2017

Spanish prosecutor accuses Mourinho of tax fraud

A Spanish state prosecutor accused former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho of tax fraud worth €3.3 million ($3.7 million) in unpaid taxes on Tuesday. A statement issued by the section for economic crimes of Madrid’s provincial state prosecutor’s office said its investigations indicated that ...

Ronaldo not leaving Real Madrid, team president says

Jun 20, 2017

Ronaldo not leaving Real Madrid, team president says

Cristiano Ronaldo will be staying at Spanish giant Real Madrid and no offer has been received to tempt him away, club president Florentino Perez insisted Tuesday. Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real ...

Maradona weighs in on Messi, Ronaldo

Jun 20, 2017

Maradona weighs in on Messi, Ronaldo

Soccer legend Diego Maradona said Monday that he preferred compatriot Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo all the while dubbing the Portugal captain an “incredible” player. “I can’t remember having seen Lionel Messi play badly,” Maradona told TyCSports. “I prefer Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo but ...

Germany holds off Australia after goalkeeper's blunders

Jun 20, 2017

Germany holds off Australia after goalkeeper's blunders

Germany’s inexperienced side was given a scare by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday, holding on to win its Group B opener 3-2 after goalkeeper Bernd Leno gifted the Asian champions both goals. Only two members of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad started ...

Shibasaki goal sends Tenerife into promotion playoff final

Jun 19, 2017

Shibasaki goal sends Tenerife into promotion playoff final

Gaku Shibasaki netted a vital equalizer and steered Tenerife to the promotion playoff final in the Spanish second tier on Sunday as the club secured a 1-1 aggregate draw with Cadiz, enough to see it through. The former Kashima Antlers midfielder, who grabbed headlines ...

Mexico strikes late for draw against Portugal

Jun 19, 2017

Mexico strikes late for draw against Portugal

Title contenders Portugal and Mexico fought out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with each team scoring in the last five minutes. Portugal looked set for a late win when Cedric Soares scored with a deflected shot in the 86th ...

Russia delivers win for Putin to open Confederations Cup

Jun 18, 2017

Russia delivers win for Putin to open Confederations Cup

What Vladimir Putin wants, Vladimir Putin tends to get. The Russian president made it a national priority to win hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup in a fierce FIFA bidding contest seven years ago. On Saturday, Russia marched on toward hosting soccer’s biggest ...