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Balotelli handed one-match ban

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday’s match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The ...

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

Dec 18, 2014

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre will manage Japan at the Asian Cup in January despite being named as a defendant in a match-fixing case filed by Spanish prosecutors earlier this week, the Japan Football Association confirmed on Thursday. Aguirre was on Monday named as one of 41 ...

San Lorenzo advances to Club World Cup final

Dec 18, 2014

San Lorenzo advances to Club World Cup final

Real Madrid’s opponents in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a storybook run by amateur side Auckland City with a labored 2-1 semifinal win on Wednesday. Madrid will be heavily favored to win its first ...

Madrid crushes Cruz Azul to reach Club World Cup final

Dec 17, 2014

Madrid crushes Cruz Azul to reach Club World Cup final

Goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid coast to a 4-0 victory over Cruz Azul of Mexico on Tuesday and a place in the final of the Club World Cup. Sergio Ramos and Benzema made it 2-0 at halftime, with further ...

Dec 17, 2014

Man trying to locate, sue Ronaldo

A U.S. man is trying to sue Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can’t get to the international soccer star. Christopher Renzi sued the Real Madrid forward and a Danish underwear maker in July after being told of their ...

Dec 17, 2014

European clubs offer new proposal

European soccer’s club and league organizations on Tuesday proposed a May-June World Cup for Qatar in 2022. FIFA is considering when to move the tournament to avoid the summer heat, and favors a November-December schedule. The European Club Association had previously suggested an April ...

Dec 16, 2014

Beasley retires from U.S. national team

DaMarcus Beasley, the first American to play in four World Cups, said Monday he is retiring from the U.S. national team after 14 years. The 32-year-old scored 17 goals and made 121 international appearances — fifth on the U.S. career list. He played in ...

Dec 16, 2014

Morishita named Sagan Tosu manager

Sagan Tosu said Tuesday hired former Jubilo Iwata boss Hitoshi Morishita as their new manager, the J. League first-division team announced on Tuesday. “I believe Tosu is the most modest and hard-working club in Japan,” Morishita said in a statement released by the team. ...

Dec 16, 2014

Tokyo Verdy parts ways with striker Takahara

Naohiro Takahara, who scored 23 times for Japan, and was a popular player in the German Bundesliga, where he was known as the “sushi bomber,” will not be offered a new contract for 2015 by Tokyo Verdy, the J. League second-division side announced Tuesday. ...

Dec 15, 2014

Nakamura lauded during Celtic visit

Former Japan international Shunsuke Nakamura was given a hero’s welcome on Sunday as he visited his old club Celtic. Home fans at Celtic Park treated Nakamura to a rousing reception at halftime as he took in the Scottish Premier League club’s game against St ...

Dec 15, 2014

Avispa tabs Ihara as new manager

Avispa Fukuoka on Monday announced the appointment of former Japan defender and captain Masami Ihara as the J. League second-division club’s new manager. The 47-year-old Ihara, most recently an assistant coach at first-division Kashiwa Reysol, played for Yokohama F Marinos, Jubilo Iwata and Urawa ...

Chelsea bounces back against Hull

Dec 14, 2014

Chelsea bounces back against Hull

Chelsea produced an instant response to its first loss in the English Premier League by beating Hull 2-0, and Arsenal also responded to a setback by overpowering Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday. There was a fifth successive league win for Manchester City, with the champion ...