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Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Dec 11, 2014

Man City, Schalke advance in Champions League

Manchester City and Schalke grabbed the final spots on offer in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Lionel Messi helped Barcelona secure first place in its group with a record-extending 75th goal in the competition. City started the final round ...

Dec 10, 2014

Cerezo targeting Autuori as next coach

Relegated Cerezo Osaka will offer their vacant coaching position to former Kashima Antlers manager Paulo Autuori, the club’s head of development said on Wednesday. Isao Miyamoto said Cerezo had been considering several candidates, among them Brazilian Sergio Farias, who won the 2009 Asian Champions ...

Liverpool exits Champions League

Dec 10, 2014

Liverpool exits Champions League

Liverpool was eliminated from the Champions League when Basel advanced to the final 16 with a 1-1 draw on Tuesday on Anfield. The five-time European champion fell behind after Fabian Frei scored in the 25th minute, and then had substitute Lazar Markovic sent off ...

Dec 10, 2014

Nelsinho to take reins at Vissel

Brazilian Nelsinho, who stepped down as manager at Kashiwa Reysol at the end of this season, is set to take the reins at Vissel Kobe next season. A club official, who held talks with Nelsinho on Tuesday, said the deal has all but been ...

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Dec 9, 2014

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Gamba Osaka captain Yasuhito Endo was named the 2014 J. League Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Japan midfielder helped engineer the biggest turnaround in league history, Gamba erasing a 14-point deficit to finish one point ahead of Urawa Reds to capture ...

Dec 9, 2014

Pele set for hospital discharge

Doctors say Pele is expected to be discharged from a Brazilian hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after being admitted to treat a urinary tract infection. The Albert Einstein hospital said Monday the soccer great “continues to improve” and there are “no signs of the ...

Dec 8, 2014

Okazaki scores eighth of season

Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored his eighth goal of the Bundesliga season in Mainz’s 2-1 defeat away to Hamburg on Sunday. Okazaki nodded in an 89th-minute corner that did little to console Mainz, which was thoroughly outplayed by the hosts in losing its second ...

Galaxy beat Revs for MLS Cup title

Dec 8, 2014

Galaxy beat Revs for MLS Cup title

Landon Donovan grabbed Robbie Keane in a triumphant midfield hug right before Donovan’s girlfriend leaped into his arms. Moments later, Donovan and Keane raised the silver trophy together amid fireworks and a confetti blizzard. Throughout his remarkable soccer career, Donovan always did know how ...

Dec 7, 2014

Montedio earn promotion to J.League top flight

Montedio Yamagata held off JEF United Chiba to win the J. League promotion playoff final 1-0 on Sunday at Ajinomoto Stadium, securing the third and last ticket to J1 for next season. Masato Yamazaki’s first-half header proved to be decisive for Montedio, who had ...

Newcastle deals Chelsea first loss

Dec 7, 2014

Newcastle deals Chelsea first loss

Chelsea lost for the first time in 22 matches this season and saw its lead in the English Premier League trimmed to three points by Manchester City in a twist to the title race on Saturday. City capitalized on Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle ...

Dec 7, 2014

Nadeshiko learns World Cup foes

Reigning champion Japan set its sights firmly on retaining its Women’s World Cup title after being handed a dream draw for the 2015 tournament in Canada. Nadeshiko Japan will be expected to brush aside Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador in Group C games its coach, ...