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Aug 31, 2014

Lowly Omiya fires manager Okuma

Relegation-threatened Omiya Ardija have fired manager Kiyoshi Okuma, club president Shigeru Suzuki said Sunday. A night after it was humiliated 4-0 by Urawa Reds in the Saitama derby, Omiya was expected to replace Okuma with assistant Hiroki Shibuya for the remainder of what has ...

Aug 31, 2014

Osako scores in Cologne victory

Yuya Osako declared himself fit and ready for international week by opening his Bundesliga account in Cologne’s 2-0 win at Stuttgart on Saturday. “They controlled the game early on so I’m glad I could help us settle,” Osako said. “I’ve been training well this ...

Aug 30, 2014

Putin opposed to FIFA venue advice

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out cutting any of the 11 host cities for the 2018 World Cup despite repeated recommendations from FIFA head Sepp Blatter. Russia’s tournament organizers were surprised when Blatter suggested at the World Cup in Brazil that two stadiums ...

Aug 30, 2014

Stambouli set to join Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have agreed to a deal to sign former France under-21 midfielder Benjamin Stambouli from Montpellier, the French club said on Friday. “(Stambouli) will travel to London shortly to have a medical and finalize his contract,” Montpellier was quoted as saying in a ...

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Aug 30, 2014

Wenger's confidence not shaken by injury

Arsenal’s trip to face Leicester City on Sunday will provide another test of Arsene Wenger’s belief that his squad is strong enough to cope without Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman suffered a broken leg in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Everton and is expected to ...

Aug 29, 2014

F. Marinos hit with ¥5 million fine

The J. League announced Friday it is fining first-division side Yokohama F. Marinos ¥5 million over an incident of racist behavior by one of the team’s supporters at a game on Aug. 23. The teenage fan, subsequently banned indefinitely by Marinos, was caught waving ...

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Aug 27, 2014

Sato fires Sanfrecce past Hollyhock

Captain Hisato Sato scored the lone goal in the first half as Sanfrecce Hiroshima defeated Mito Hollyhock 1-0 to reach the last 16 of the Emperor’s Cup on Wednesday. The game at Edion Stadium was a makeup for the Aug. 20 tie that was ...

Kagawa concussed as MK Dons humiliate United

Aug 27, 2014

Kagawa concussed as MK Dons humiliate United

In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club’s illustrious history on Tuesday. The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in ...

Aug 27, 2014

Osako called up for friendlies

World Cup striker Yuya Osako has been called up for Japan’s upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela, his German first-division club Cologne said on its official web site on Tuesday. New Japan coach Javier Aguirre is to name his squad in Tokyo on Thursday ...