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Schweinsteiger bows out of duty with national team

Jul 30, 2016

Schweinsteiger bows out of duty with national team

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger announced Friday that he is retiring from international soccer after making 120 appearances over 12 years. “I have just asked the coach not to nominate me anymore for the national team because I would like to step back,” the 31-year-old ...

Jul 28, 2016

FC Tokyo's Yonemoto likely to undergo surgery for torn ACL

FC Tokyo midfielder Takuji Yonemoto has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days, the J. League first-division club said on Thursday. Yonemoto also suffered medial ligament damage in the knee in Tokyo’s ...

Jul 28, 2016

Barcelona's Mascherano OKs contract extension through 2019

Barcelona said on Wednesday that Argentina international Javier Mascherano has agreed to extend his contract with the Spanish champions until June 2019. “We have reached an agreement to improve (Mascherano’s) contract” without specifying the financial details, club executive Albert Soler said. The 32-year-old Mascherano ...

Jul 27, 2016

Antlers acquire Brazilian Fabricio

Kashima Antlers have acquired 26-year-old Fabricio dos Santos Messias, a Brazilian midfielder and forward, the J. League first-division side announced Wednesday. Fabricio, who is on loan from Portuguese side Portimonense, will wear the No. 11 shirt with Antlers. He had previously played in the ...

Higuain completes Juventus move

Jul 27, 2016

Higuain completes Juventus move

Gonzalo Higuain completed a sensational move to Juventus after the Italian champions agreed to pay a €90 million ($98.8 million) fee, the third highest in history, to wrest the Argentine striker from Napoli on Tuesday. In what is the biggest-ever transfer fee recorded between ...

FC Tokyo hands coaching reins to Shinoda

Jul 26, 2016

FC Tokyo hands coaching reins to Shinoda

FC Tokyo has promoted coach Yoshiyuki Shinoda to the top spot to replace fired manager Hiroshi Jofuku, the J. League first-division team announced Tuesday. Shinoda managed Avispa Fukuoka from 2008 to 2011 before signing on to coach with FC Tokyo. During Avispa’s time in ...

Jul 26, 2016

Israeli police arrest dozens of extremist soccer fans

Israeli police say they have arrested dozens of members of an extremist soccer fans’ group. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said on Tuesday that 56 suspected members of the “La Familia” group of Beitar Jerusalem fans were arrested in an overnight raid. She says stun ...

Jul 26, 2016

Hosogai finalizes two-year deal with Stuttgart

Midfielder Hajime Hosogai signed a two-year contract with VfB Stuttgart after three years with Hertha BSC, the German second-division club said Monday. After a season on loan at Turkish first-division side Bursaspor, the 30-year-old Hosogai has chosen to reunite with former Hertha coach Jos ...

FC Tokyo to fire manager Jofuku again

Jul 24, 2016

FC Tokyo to fire manager Jofuku again

FC Tokyo will sack manager Hiroshi Jofuku for the second time with the 55-year-old struggling in his first year back at the club, the J. League first-division side announced Sunday. Jofuku coached the side from 2008 and won the Nabisco Cup in 2009 before ...