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Feb 25, 2015

Aguirre's court hearing postponed

Former Japan coach Javier Aguirre’s scheduled court hearing over his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal in Spain has been postponed, Spanish sports daily Marca reported Wednesday. Aguirre was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but a new date of March 27 has ...

Suarez powers Barca past City; Juve edges Dortmund

Feb 25, 2015

Suarez powers Barca past City; Juve edges Dortmund

Luis Suarez scored a double on his return to England for the first time since a big-money move last summer as Barcelona secured a 2-1 win over Manchester City in their Champions League last 16 first-leg clash on Tuesday. The Uruguayan — who moved ...

Feb 25, 2015

Halilhodzic emerges as front-runner

Algeria’s 2014 World Cup coach Vahid Halilhodzic has emerged as a front-runner for the Japan national team job and a deal with the Bosnian could be struck soon, sources told Kyodo News on Tuesday. Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the round of 16 last ...

Feb 25, 2015

Bresciano retires from Socceroos

Midfielder Mark Bresciano announced his retirement from international soccer on Wednesday after 84 appearances for Australia, including three World Cup tournaments and its recent win at the Asian Cup. The 35-year-old Bresciano plays for Al-Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League, where he signed a ...

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Feb 24, 2015

Gamba drop Asian Champions League opener

Gamba Osaka received a rude welcome back to the Asian Champions League as the Japanese treble winners were dealt a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Guangzhou R&F in their start to the campaign on Tuesday. The 2008 champions, back in the ACL for ...

Feb 24, 2015

Nagatomo awaits return for Inter

Hamstrung Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo said Tuesday he still does not know when he can resume playing for Inter Milan. “I need to speak to the doctor once I get back to Italy,” Nagatomo said at Haneda airport before leaving for Europe. Nagatomo tore ...

Ronaldo, Benzema team up to power Madrid past Elche

Feb 23, 2015

Ronaldo, Benzema team up to power Madrid past Elche

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday, as the Spanish League leaders capitalized on Barcelona’s stumble to increase their advantage to four points. Madrid grasped the opportunity Barcelona had presented it with after a ...

Feb 23, 2015

Japan's new manager may come from free-agent pool

The Japan Football Association is leaning toward picking the new national team manager from a list of unsigned managers, Kyodo News learned through multiple sources as of Monday. The JFA’s technical committee was briefed Sunday night by its director Masahiro Shimoda, who returned from ...

Man City cuts deficit with rout of Newcastle

Feb 22, 2015

Man City cuts deficit with rout of Newcastle

Manchester City took full advantage of leader Chelsea dropping points by registering the biggest win of its Premier League title defense, while Manchester United dropped to fourth by losing at Swansea. After 10-man Chelsea was contentiously held 1-1 by Burnley, City trimmed the gap ...

Feb 22, 2015

JFA's Shimoda returns from Europe

Japan Football Association technical director Masahiro Shimoda returned to Japan from his search overseas for a new national team coach on Saturday, but did not take questions from media awaiting his arrival at Haneda Airport. The JFA’s technical committee will meet soon to check ...

Figo wants expanded World Cup, more FIFA cash spread

Feb 20, 2015

Figo wants expanded World Cup, more FIFA cash spread

Out of his comfort zone, and being quizzed on soccer politics at Wembley Stadium rather than playing there, Luis Figo made his pitch to run the world game on Thursday. Despite little experience of FIFA, beyond playing in World Cups and winning its 2001 ...