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Chelsea edges Barcelona in friendly

Reigning Premier League champion Chelsea and reigning European king Barcelona exited Tuesday’s friendly showdown injured but intensely motivated as they return to Europe to defend their crowns. Chelsea captured the International Champions Cup victory 4-2 on penalty kicks after the teams were deadlocked 2-2 after regular time thanks to Chelsea ...

Jul 28, 2015

Platini to announce FIFA presidency bid

Michel Platini, the head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, is to announce in the next few days that he will stand for the presidency of FIFA, a source close to the former France international told Reuters on Tuesday. The 60-year-old Platini, a former ...

Jul 28, 2015

FIFA overhauling task force rules

FIFA has changed composition rules for a task force criticized as lacking credibility to drive reforms after a corruption crisis. An 11-member panel announced last week to propose ideas at a Sept. 24-25 FIFA executive committee meeting was widely judged to lack independence. Changes ...

Jul 28, 2015

Soccer veterans Boxx, Holiday to retire

U.S. Soccer formally announced that midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday will retire from the U.S. national team following a victory tour to celebrate the Women’s World Cup title. Both players had previously voiced their intention to step down from the team. U.S. Soccer ...

Impact acquire former Chelsea striker Drogba

Jul 28, 2015

Impact acquire former Chelsea striker Drogba

The Montreal Impact added an established scoring presence when they traded for former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on Monday. Drogba moves to North America following his second spell at Chelsea, where he won the league title last season. The 37-year-old Cote d’Ivoire forward signed ...

Mexico overpowers Jamaica to lift Gold Cup for seventh time

Jul 27, 2015

Mexico overpowers Jamaica to lift Gold Cup for seventh time

Andres Guardado scored again, with no penalty kick needed this time, and his teammates finally managed some goals, too. Mexico ensured the final wouldn’t come down to any calls in the last minutes with a 3-1 victory over upstart Jamaica for the CONCACAF Gold ...

Jul 27, 2015

Gamba await showdown aginst River Plate

Gamba Osaka manager Kenta Hasegawa is hoping to keep the Suruga Bank Championship trophy in Japan by beating Argentine powerhouse River Plate in the showdown between the Nabisco Cup holders and the Copa Sudamericana champions on Aug. 11. “We will go out and try ...

FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business

Jul 26, 2015

FIFA, Blatter get back to World Cup business

FIFA and Sepp Blatter put their corruption crisis aside and got back to World Cup business at the 2018 tournament qualifying draw hosted by Vladimir Putin at a Russian state residence on Saturday. The two presidents joined on stage for speeches to open a ...

Jul 26, 2015

Man United tops Barcelona in International Champions Cup

Wayne Rooney raised both arms in delight after his early goal and Manchester United had many more moments to celebrate in an impressive victory over Champions League holders Barcelona. This time, coach Louis van Gaal praised his second team for its “spirit” four days ...

Okazaki makes second preseason appearance for Leicester

Jul 26, 2015

Okazaki makes second preseason appearance for Leicester

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki got another preseason run-out with his new Premier League club Leicester City on Saturday but failed to hit the target as the Foxes were held to a 1-1 draw by fourth-tier Mansfield Town. David Nugent’s curling finish gave Leicester the ...

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

Jul 25, 2015

Okubo brace lifts Frontale past S-Pulse

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Yoshito Okubo scored twice as Kawasaki Frontale came through a wild, swinging encounter with Shimizu S-Pulse with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. World Cup striker Okubo got Frontale off to a flying start at Todoroki Stadium with a goal in the 11th minute, ...

Jul 25, 2015

Okazaki eager to make mark with Leicester City

Leicester City’s new signing Shinji Okazaki expressed his delight at the chance to play in the Premier League when introduced by the British club at a news conference on Friday. “I’m relishing the challenge at a new league at the age of 29. I’m ...

Wenger content to carry on

Jul 25, 2015

Wenger content to carry on

Arsene Wenger has banished any thoughts of retirement as the Arsenal manager fine-tunes his preparations for his 20th season with the Gunners in the Emirates Cup this weekend. With his 66th birthday looming in October, Wenger could be forgiven for being seduced by the ...