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Nadeshiko relieved after semifinal battle

Jul 2, 2015

Nadeshiko relieved after semifinal battle

Japan coach Norio Sasaki admitted the champions had not lived up to his expectations in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over England, but said they still deserved to be in the Women’s World Cup final for the second tournament in a row. The Nadeshiko were pushed ...

Jul 2, 2015

Injured Uchida to miss most of World Cup qualifying

Schalke is expecting Atsuto Uchida to miss the first half of the Bundesliga season according to Kicker magazine on Thursday, which would rule out the Japan defender for most of the second-round World Cup qualifiers. Uchida had surgery on his right knee this close ...

Japan's U-22 team beats Costa Rica in friendly

Jul 1, 2015

Japan's U-22 team beats Costa Rica in friendly

Goals from Gakuto Notsuda and substitute Takeshi Kanamori gave Japan a boost toward next year’s Under-23 Asian Championship as Makoto Teguramori’s side defeated Costa Rica 2-0 in a friendly on Wednesday. Notsuda broke the deadlock late in the first half for the under-22 national ...

Argentina routs Paraguay to reach Copa America final

Jul 1, 2015

Argentina routs Paraguay to reach Copa America final

Lionel Messi helped set up five goals as Argentina trounced Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa America semifinals on Tuesday, setting up a final against host Chile. Messi assisted in first-half goals by Marcos Rojo and Javier Pastore and one of Angel Di Maria’s second-half ...

Okazaki's Leicester sacks manager Pearson

Jul 1, 2015

Okazaki's Leicester sacks manager Pearson

English Premier League club Leicester City on Tuesday announced the dismissal of manager Nigel Pearson just days after signing Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki from Mainz. “The board of directors recognizes the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City. However, it has ...

Sakai to join Hamburg from Stuttgart: report

Jul 1, 2015

Sakai to join Hamburg from Stuttgart: report

Japan defender Gotoku Sakai will join SV Hamburg from Bundesliga rival Stuttgart on a three-year deal worth €700,000 ($780,000), according to a report Wednesday in German daily Bild. The 24-year-old Sakai will either move this weekend to Hamburg or join up with the team ...