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Sep 9, 2014

Welbeck sends England past Swiss

Danny Welbeck scored twice to give England respite from criticism and a deserved 2-0 win at Switzerland in their European Championship qualifying opener on Monday. Welbeck finished off Raheem Sterling’s pass on a fast counter-attack in the 58th minute and slotted in a right-footed ...

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

Sep 8, 2014

Venezuela coach backs Aguirre to succeed

by Gus Fielding

Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente believes Japan’s hiring of former Mexico boss Javier Aguirre will have a positive impact but warned the Asian champions not to expect overnight success. Speaking on the eve of the South Americans’ game against the Samurai Blue on Tuesday, Sanvicente, ...

Cerezo fire coach for second time this season

Sep 8, 2014

Cerezo fire coach for second time this season

Fading Cerezo Osaka made their second managerial change of the J. League season on Monday, promoting youth coach Yuji Okuma for Italian Marco Pezzaiuoli. A night after they were eliminated on aggregate from the Nabisco Cup despite beating Kawasaki Frontale 3-2 away in a ...

Holders Reysol march into Nabisco Cup semis

Sep 7, 2014

Holders Reysol march into Nabisco Cup semis

Kashiwa Reysol took another step toward defending their Nabisco Cup title after reaching the semifinals with a 3-1 second-leg win over Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday night. A well-taken late header from Eduardo wrapped up the scoring to earn the holders a 5-2 aggregate ...

Sep 6, 2014

Neymar makes dramatic return

Neymar scored in the 83rd minute to give Brazil a 1-0 victory over Colombia on Friday night in an exhibition game before 73,429 fans at Sun Life Stadium. Neymar’s free kick from 20 meters landed inside the upper right post and past the outstretched ...

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

Sep 6, 2014

Honda, Aguirre reflect on loss

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge. With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced ...

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

Sep 5, 2014

Uruguay spoils Aguirre's debut with Japan

by Gus Fielding

Japan coach Javier Aguirre tasted defeat in his first game in charge as the Asian champion went down 2-0 to Uruguay in a friendly on Friday night. Edinson Cavani took advantage of sloppy defending to put Copa America holder Uruguay in front on 34 ...

Sep 4, 2014

Frontale's Okubo issued two-game ban

Kawasaki Frontale’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo has received a two-match ban for smashing an advertising board during a match over the weekend, the J. League announced on Thursday. Okubo kicked the board in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Nagoya Grampus and on ...

Di Maria leads Argentina past Germany

Sep 4, 2014

Di Maria leads Argentina past Germany

Angel di Maria set up three goals and scored the fourth himself as Argentina trounced Germany 4-2 in their friendly game Wednesday to get a small measure of payback after losing to the host in the World Cup final. Argentina was up 4-0 after ...

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

Sep 3, 2014

Yoshida urges Japan to forget World Cup flop

by Gus Fielding

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has told his Japan teammates to flush the World Cup out of their system and try and restore bruised pride by giving new coach Javier Aguirre a win against Uruguay on Friday in his first game in charge. Eliminated in ...

Holders Reysol take charge of Nabisco Cup quarterfinal

Sep 3, 2014

Holders Reysol take charge of Nabisco Cup quarterfinal

Kashiwa Reysol stayed on track to defend their Nabisco Cup title with a 2-1 win away to 10-man Yokohama F. Marinos in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Leandro opened the scoring for Reysol in the 63rd minute, only for Kosuke ...