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Sep 8, 2016

Teguramori returning to national team coaching staff

Japan’s Rio Olympic head coach Makoto Teguramori said Thursday he is set for a return to a coaching role with the national team under head coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Teguramori, 48, has doubled as a national team coach after the 2014 World Cup as well ...

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

Sep 8, 2016

J. League mulls return to single-stage system

The J. League is considering returning to the single-stage system that had been in place for 10 years through the 2014 season for the first division, soccer sources said Wednesday. The change may be implemented starting next season, they said. The J. League has ...

Spain, Wales dominate; Kosovo gets first point

Sep 6, 2016

Spain, Wales dominate; Kosovo gets first point

Spain began life under new coach Julien Lopetegui in perfect style, while Gareth Bale-inspired Euro 2016 sensations Wales and Kosovo earned a historic point in World Cup qualifying on Monday. Lopetegui enjoyed a perfect competitive debut as Diego Costa, David Silva and Alvaro Morata ...

Sep 6, 2016

Soccer legend Beckenbauer undergoes open-heart surgery

Former soccer great Franz Beckenbauer has had open-heart surgery and received at least one bypass, according to a report in a German newspaper. Beckenbauer’s management team has not responded to a request for comment on his health following a report Monday in the mass-circulation ...

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

Sep 5, 2016

Japan confident of rebounding against Thailand

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic believes his players have the quality and experience to get their World Cup qualification back on track with a win against Group B outsider Thailand at Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium on Tuesday. Japan is under pressure to rebound from a ...

Allardyce gets off to winning start with England

Sep 5, 2016

Allardyce gets off to winning start with England

Adam Lallana pounced in the fifth minute of stoppage time to ensure Sam Allardyce made a winning start as England manager Sunday, clinching a 1-0 victory over Slovakia in World Cup qualifying. England had a man-advantage from the 57th minute when Martin Skrtel received ...

Former soccer star Holiday diagnosed with brain tumor

Sep 5, 2016

Former soccer star Holiday diagnosed with brain tumor

Former U.S. soccer star Lauren Holiday has been diagnosed with a brain tumor while pregnant, and her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, is taking indefinite leave from the NBA club to care for his wife, the Pelicans said Sunday. “We are all ...

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Sep 5, 2016

Asano blames self for 'ghost goal' against UAE

Stuttgart striker Takuma Asano has bizarrely blamed himself for the goal that never was in Japan’s shock 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat against the United Arab Emirates last week. Now the striker, who recently represented Japan at the Rio Olympics, wants to take out ...

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Sep 4, 2016

Gamba overpower Sanfrecce to reach League Cup semifinals

Shun Nagasawa and Ademilson each scored a brace as Gamba Osaka powered past Sanfrecce Hiroshima 6-3 on Sunday in the second leg of their League Cup quarterfinal for a 7-4 aggregate win. After Gamba salvaged a late 1-1 draw in Wednesday’s first leg, Nagasawa ...