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May 19, 2016

JFA to donate ¥25 million to Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association said Thursday a revenue of ¥25 million ($227,250) raised from this month’s charity match between Japan’s Under-23 team and Ghana will be donated to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture. Japan’s U-23s won 3-0 last week in Tosu, in nearby Saga Prefecture, almost ...

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

May 19, 2016

Nagatomo pleased with season at Inter

Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo said he was pleased to have proved a point in winning a new three-year contract with the Serie A powerhouse as he arrived back in Japan on Thursday. Nagatomo found it tough breaking into Roberto Mancini’s plans early in ...

Sevilla stuns Liverpool to retain Europa League crown

May 19, 2016

Sevilla stuns Liverpool to retain Europa League crown

Spain did it again, Sevilla did it again and Liverpool could do little to turn the tide as a Europa League title slipped away on Wednesday. Sevilla’s thrilling second-half comeback in a 3-1 win ensured the club’s third straight Europa League title, and a ...

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

May 18, 2016

Holders Antlers crash out of Nabsico Cup

Holders Kashima Antlers were knocked out of the Nabisco Cup on Wednesday after going down 3-2 at home to Shonan Bellmare. Kashima’s defeat was its third of the group phase and left it eight points behind Group A leaders Omiya Ardija and seven behind ...

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

May 18, 2016

Ugajin strike puts Urawa in driving seat against Seoul

Urawa Reds edged FC Seoul 1-0 at home in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night. Midfielder Tomoya Ugajin scored with a sensational strike to give Reds a first-half lead they would hold on to ...

May 18, 2016

Jubilo sign Greece defender Papadopoulos

Jubilo Iwata have signed Australia-born Greece defender Avraam Papadopoulos, the J. League first-division club announced Wednesday. The 184-cm 31-year-old played in the World Cup in 2010 and European Championship in 2012 for Greece while at Olympiakos. He was with China’s Shanghai Shenhua last year. ...

Mizunuma brace carries FC Tokyo past Shanghai SIPG

May 17, 2016

Mizunuma brace carries FC Tokyo past Shanghai SIPG

Kota Mizunuma scored twice as FC Tokyo beat Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG 2-1 at home in the first leg of the last 16 of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday night. Mizunuma opened the scoring late in the first half with a ...

Okazaki awed by huge turnout at Leicester's victory parade

May 17, 2016

Okazaki awed by huge turnout at Leicester's victory parade

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki admitted that the magnitude of what the Foxes have achieved in winning the Premier League title finally sunk in after hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the team parade the trophy on open-top buses on ...

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

May 16, 2016

Halilhodzic plans training get-together for Euro stars

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said on Monday he is planning to get together his European-based players that have just finished their seasons with their club sides for training next week. “The (training) menus will be divided up according to the condition of the players ...

Fake bomb forces Old Trafford evacuation

May 16, 2016

Fake bomb forces Old Trafford evacuation

A security blunder at Manchester United prevented the Premier League completing the season on Sunday, with a fake bomb spotted inside Old Trafford only discovered to have been left from an anti-terrorism exercise long after the game against Bournemouth was postponed. Police conducted a ...

May 15, 2016

Miura replaces Nara for Japan's Toulon tilt

Shimizu S-Pulse defender Genta Miura has been added to Japan’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Toulon International tournament in France, the Japan Football Association said Sunday. Miura has been called up to replace Kawasaki Frontale defender Tatsuki Nara, who was ruled out for four ...

Barcelona wins Spanish League title

May 15, 2016

Barcelona wins Spanish League title

Barcelona won its second straight Spanish League title after defeating Granada 3-0 on Saturday with a hat trick by Luis Suarez in the final round. The result capped a five-game winning streak that allowed the Catalan club to finish one point ahead of Real ...