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Japan hoping for fast start against UAE

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida says Japan must treat the United Arab Emirates “like Brazil” in its final-round World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Thursday and has warned the Blue Samurai that they cannot afford a repeat of the start they made against UAE in their quarterfinal defeat at last year’s ...

Aug 29, 2016

Havenaar nets third goal of season

Japan’s Mike Havenaar scored his third goal of the season but his missed penalty forced ADO Den Haag to settle for a 1-1 draw against Heracles in the Dutch top flight on Sunday. Havenaar cancelled out Robin Gosens’ opener in the 28th minute as ...

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Aug 29, 2016

Kagawa looking to banish ghosts in UAE showdown

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is hoping to exorcise his demons and help Japan get off to a winning start in the final Asian round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers when it faces the United Arab Emirates in Group B in Saitama on Thursday. ...

Japan replaces injured Nagatomo, Makino for qualifiers

Aug 28, 2016

Japan replaces injured Nagatomo, Makino for qualifiers

Defenders Yuto Nagatomo and Tomoaki Makino have both pulled out of Japan’s squad for two upcoming World Cup qualifying games due to injury. Coach Vahid Halilhodzic replaced the pair on Sunday, with Urawa Reds’ Wataru Endo and FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, for Japan’s first ...

Tulio returns to help Grampus' survival bid

Aug 28, 2016

Tulio returns to help Grampus' survival bid

Marcus Tulio Tanaka signed a contract through next January with his old club Nagoya Grampus on Sunday, promising to give his utmost to rescue the side from relegation to the J. League’s second division. The 35-year-old was let go by new manager Takafumi Ogura ...

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Aug 28, 2016

Muto on target in Mainz loss

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored for Mainz late on but Shinji Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 on Saturday to kick-start its new Bundesliga campaign. Muto, who scored seven goals last season before he was ruled out in February with a right-knee ligament injury, came ...

Aug 28, 2016

Asano determined to make most of Stuttgart loan

Japan striker Takuma Asano expressed determination to make a success of his loan move from English Premier League giant Arsenal to German second-division outfit Stuttgart as he returned home for national team duty on Sunday. Arsenal announced Friday that it was loaning out the ...

Rashford strikes late to lift United to win over Hull

Aug 28, 2016

Rashford strikes late to lift United to win over Hull

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having an off day, Manchester United turned to a striker at the opposite end of his career to keep its winning run going in the English Premier League on Saturday. Marcus Rashford came off the bench and scored two minutes into ...

Oliveira's rapid-fire hat trick powers Reysol past Frontale

Aug 27, 2016

Oliveira's rapid-fire hat trick powers Reysol past Frontale

Brazilian striker Diego Oliveira scored a first-half hat trick as Kashiwa Reysol clipped high-flying Kawasaki Frontale’s wings with a 5-2 win in the J. League first division on Saturday. Oliveira struck twice in the first five minutes and Akimi Barada grabbed a third for ...

Aug 27, 2016

Arsenal loans out Asano to Stuttgart

Japan forward Takuma Asano will open his first season in Europe in the second division of Germany’s Bundesliga on a loan deal, Arsenal announced Friday. Asano, who has been named to the squad for Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against United Arab Emirates and ...

Aug 26, 2016

Henry joins Belgium coaching staff

Thierry Henry will be an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto Martinez as the squad start its bid to qualify for the next World Cup finals in Russia. The former France striker joins Martinez’s former Everton assistant Graeme Jones on the team’s coaching staff ...

Aug 26, 2016

Manchester City, Barcelona set for Champions League encounters

Manchester City’s new coach Pep Guardiola will be heading back to Barcelona after the Premier League club was pitted against his former team in the Champions League draw on Thursday. Guardiola, who also spent most of his playing career at the Catalan club, steered ...

Aug 26, 2016

Ronaldo named Europe's top player

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo won the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award on Thursday after winning both last season’s Champions League and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Ronaldo, 31, received the accolade for the second time in his career after finishing ahead of Real ...