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Muto returns from injury layoff

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto made his comeback Sunday after four months on the sidelines in Mainz’s scoreless home draw against Cologne in the German Bundesliga. Muto started after recovering from a right knee injury and lower-back pain and came off a minute before the final whistle, while another Japan striker, ...

Rooney's record-setting strike salvages point for United

Jan 22, 2017

Rooney's record-setting strike salvages point for United

Deep into stoppage time with Manchester United facing defeat, Wayne Rooney bent a free kick high over the defense and into the Stoke goal. A point was salvaged for United but the moment carried a far greater significance. It was Rooney’s 250th goal for ...

Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy

Jan 22, 2017

Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy

The three surviving players of the plane crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates. The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its ...

Jan 22, 2017

Sagan bring forward Ono back from Belgium

Former Standard Liege forward Yuji Ono has signed for Sagan Tosu after five seasons in Belgium, the J. League first-division club announced Sunday. The 24-year-old moved to Sint-Truiden from Standard in July 2015 but the club agreed to terminate his contract last Sunday. Ono ...

Jan 21, 2017

Ex-Brazil, Yomiuri FC coach Silva, 77, passes away

Former Brazil national team coach Carlos Alberto Silva, who spent time managing in Japan in the early 1990s, passed away Friday at age 77, Brazilian media reported. Silva died at his home in the southeastern Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. The cause of death ...

Jan 21, 2017

Gerrard to coach at Liverpool academy

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will return to coach at its academy next month, the Premier League club said on Friday. Gerrard had been widely tipped to join the Anfield coaching staff following his decision to leave LA Galaxy after 18 months with the MLS ...

Jan 20, 2017

Wenger makes case for European soccer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping the high quality of competition in Europe will keep players from leaving for the financial gain in China. Wenger is facing regular questions about the future of both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and the big money on ...

Liverpool advances in F.A. Cup

Jan 19, 2017

Liverpool advances in F.A. Cup

Liverpool managed to eliminate Plymouth on the second attempt in the F.A. Cup on Wednesday, edging past the fourth-tier club 1-0 to reach the fourth round. Liverpool’s Brazilian duo combined for the goal with Lucas heading in from Philippe Coutinho’s corner in the 18th ...

Jan 18, 2017

Defending champion Jeonbuk banned from 2017 Asian Champions League

Asian champion Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors has been banned from this year’s AFC Champions League over a match-fixing scandal in South Korea’s K-League, Asia’s soccer governing body said Wednesday. “The Asian Football Confederation Independent Entry Control Body today declared that Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors is ineligible ...

Jan 18, 2017

Lincoln, Sutton spring F.A. Cup surprises

Minor league sides Lincoln City and Sutton United produced a welcome shot in the arm for F.A. Cup romantics with surprise wins over two former holders in third-round replays on Tuesday. Lincoln’s snug Sincil Bank stadium was heaving for the arrival of 1978 winner ...

Jan 17, 2017

Vissel want to acquire Podolski: report

J. League first-division side Vissel Kobe is trying to acquire former Germany striker Lukas Podolski, according to a report in Germany. Citing a club official, German newspaper Bild reported Monday that Vissel is in talks with the 31-year-old Podolski, who scored 48 times in ...