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Honda wants to stay at Milan next season

Keisuke Honda made it clear on Sunday that he wants to remain at AC Milan next season. “A lot of people will leave a club solely for individual reasons,” Honda said, after putting in a full shift during Milan’s 3-0 victory over Torino. “But if I’m wanted for next season, ...

May 26, 2015

Real Madrid dismiss Ancelotti

Real Madrid fired coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the Spanish club again showed it won’t tolerate a season without a major trophy. Ancelotti was let go despite being popular among both players and fans and having led Madrid to its 10th European Cup ...

May 25, 2015

Hull relegated; Newcastle survives

Hull was relegated and Newcastle ensured its survival as the Premier League season ended with a series of farewells on Sunday. The final relegation place was the main matter to be determined, with Hull joining Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the second tier ...

May 25, 2015

Japan to play Afghanistan in Iran, Syria in Oman

Japan will play its away 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the fall against Afghanistan in Iran and against Syria in Oman, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. The second-round qualifier versus Afghanistan will be on Sept. 8 at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran. ...

Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

May 24, 2015

Sawa returns with winning goal as Nadeshiko beat New Zealand

Talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa marked her return to the national team with the winner as Nadeshiko Japan edged New Zealand 1-0 on Sunday in a warm-up for its title defense at the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada. The 36-year-old former Women’s World Player ...

May 24, 2015

Kagawa stars in Dortmund victory

Shinji Kagawa scored one goal and created two more as Borussia Dortmund gave departing coach Jurgen Klopp a winning sendoff in his last Bundesliga match in charge with a 3-2 victory at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, the final day of the season. ...

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

May 23, 2015

Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds took a significant step toward the J. League first stage title after coming from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday. Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium with an unbeaten record after 11 games and a four-point cushion at ...

May 22, 2015

Four Club World Cup matches to be held in Osaka

Club World Cup matches will be played in Osaka for the first time as the tournament returns to Japan after two-year absence in December, the Japan Football Association said Friday. Yanmar Stadium Nagai, boasting a capacity of over 47,000, will host four games, including ...

May 21, 2015

Muto set for Mainz switch: report

FC Tokyo striker Yoshinori Muto is a signature and medical away from joining the Bundesliga’s Mainz on a four-year contract, Kicker reported on Thursday. According to the German magazine, the fee has been set at €3 million ($3.3 million) for the 22-year-old Japan international, ...

Usami strikes twice to lead Gamba past Seoul in ACL

May 20, 2015

Usami strikes twice to lead Gamba past Seoul in ACL

In-form forward Takashi Usami scored a superb second-half brace and Japanese treble winner Gamba Osaka won 3-1 at FC Seoul in the first leg of the Asian Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday night. Usami, the J. League leading scorer with 10 goals ...

Sterling booed at award ceremony

May 20, 2015

Sterling booed at award ceremony

A mixture of boos and calls for him to stay greeted Liverpool and England forward Raheem Sterling when he received the club’s Young Player of the Year award on Tuesday, a day after it emerged he wants a transfer. The 20-year-old — who joined ...

Leandro double propels Reysol past Suwon

May 19, 2015

Leandro double propels Reysol past Suwon

Leandro bagged a brace as Kashiwa Reysol came from behind to score an emphatic 3-2 first-leg victory over Suwon Samsung FC in the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Leandro struck on either side of halftime for Group E winners Reysol, ...