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Feb 4, 2016

FC Tokyo, Thai club Chonburi to vie for ACL berth

FC Tokyo will face Chonburi of Thailand in a playoff to decide who will join this season’s Asian Champions League, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The Thai side overcame Myanmar’s Yangon United 3-2 on Tuesday and will now travel to face FC Tokyo ...

Feb 4, 2016

Okubo named Japan's Footballer of the Year

Kawasaki Frontale striker Yoshito Okubo was named the 2015 Footballer of the Year on Thursday in a poll of Japan’s soccer writers. The 33-year-old won the honor for the first time, receiving 51 of 2011 valid votes cast after topping the J. League scoring ...

Feb 4, 2016

Neville dismisses idea of quitting

Valencia boss Gary Neville admitted his side’s 7-0 Copa del Rey semifinal mauling at the hands of Barcelona on Wednesday was one of his worst nights in soccer but he refused to quit. Luis Suarez scored four and Lionel Messi added a hat trick ...

Feb 4, 2016

Prince Ali knocks ruling on funding

A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency. “Who decided to hold these votes to ransom less than three weeks ...

Okazaki fuels Foxes

Feb 3, 2016

Okazaki fuels Foxes

Jamie Vardy scored twice and Japan international Shinji Okazaki had a hand in the second goal as leader Leicester City enhanced its Premier League title credentials with a 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday. Vardy opened the scoring with a superb long-range strike over ...

Feb 3, 2016

Guangzhou snaps up Atletico striker Martinez

Guangzhou Evergrande has signed striker Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid for a bumper transfer fee of €42 million ($46 million), the south China club confirmed on Wednesday. The Colombia international, who has inked a four-year deal, will link up with fellow South Americans Paulinho ...

Feb 2, 2016

Afghan Soccer Federation to arrange meeting between Messi, young boy

The Afghan Football Federation plans to set up a meeting between Lionel Messi and 5-year-old Afghan fan Martaza Ahmadi who became an Internet sensation when photos circulated of him wearing an improvised Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali ...

Feb 2, 2016

Veteran striker Tanaka rejoins Reysol

Former Japan international Junya Tanaka will return to Kashiwa Reysol, his Portuguese club Sporting announced on Monday. Tanaka, who was limited to just three league appearances this season, will be on loan to Kashiwa until July 2017, Sporting said. The deal includes an option ...

Guardiola set for Man City

Feb 2, 2016

Guardiola set for Man City

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have long been considered a likely match: Soccer’s most admired coach and a club with massive spending power seeking to become the dominant force in Europe. It’s been four years in the making, but finally they’ll be united. City ...

Terry to leave Chelsea at end of the season

Feb 1, 2016

Terry to leave Chelsea at end of the season

Chelsea captain John Terry will leave the Premier League champions at the end of the season after the club he has served since the age of 14 told him it would not be renewing his contract. The 35-year-old central defender, the most successful captain ...

City starlet Iheanacho takes chance in F.A. Cup

Jan 31, 2016

City starlet Iheanacho takes chance in F.A. Cup

Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham eased into the fifth round of the F.A. Cup on Saturday, as the English Premier League title contenders showed their strength in depth. Though many fringe players got a rare chance to start, none made more of the opportunity ...