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Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

May 18, 2015

Nadeshiko Japan begins preparing for Women's World Cup

Women’s world champion Japan kicked off its pre-World Cup training camp on Monday in Kagawa Prefecture as the Nadeshiko began their quest to retain the title they won four years ago in Germany. “Putting on the blue shirt again, I feel like it’s finally ...

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

May 18, 2015

Messi goal helps Barcelona clinch Spanish League title

Lionel Messi ended Barcelona’s short-lived trophy drought by scoring the goal that clinched the Spanish League title on Sunday, securing a 1-0 win at dethroned champion Atletico Madrid. Messi slotted in the decisive goal in the 65th minute after working a sublime one-two passing ...

Reysol ready for ACL showdown

May 17, 2015

Reysol ready for ACL showdown

Kashiwa Reysol take on Suwon Bluewings in the round-of-16 first leg of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday, hoping they can replicate their last away performance against the South Korean outfit in the group stage two years ago. Masato Kudo, Junya Tanaka and Ryoichi ...

Gerrard plays home finale

May 17, 2015

Gerrard plays home finale

Carrying one daughter on his shoulders and with his two others by his side, Steven Gerrard circled the field inside Anfield and received the acclaim of his adoring Liverpool fans one last time. Red-and-white scarves were thrown in front of him. He was serenaded ...

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

May 16, 2015

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds remained unbeaten through 11 games and at the summit of the J. League after thrashing FC Tokyo 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Tadanari Lee, Takahiro Sekine, Yuki Muto and substitute Tsukasa Umesaki scored for Mihailo Petrovic’s men in an unexpectedly ...

May 14, 2015

FC Tokyo signs 13-year-old Barca prodigy Kubo

FC Tokyo could lose Yoshinori Muto this summer, but may have found their future in 13-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo, whose signing they announced on Thursday. Kubo had been training with Tokyo’s junior youth team since April. Hailed by Barcelona fans as the ...

Juve punches ticket to final

May 14, 2015

Juve punches ticket to final

Juventus came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid on Wednesday and line up a Champions League final against Barcelona with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the priceless equalizer for Juventus against his old ...

May 14, 2015

JFA to build Chiba training center

The Japan Football Association will build a ¥4 billion training facility at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. The new facility — to be called the JFA National Football Center — is scheduled to be completed by 2021, ...

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

May 13, 2015

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semifinal 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Neymar’s first-half goals made sure Barcelona went through 5-3 on aggregate following its 3-0 victory ...

May 13, 2015

Ventforet fires manager Higuchi

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu have fired manager Yasuhiro Higuchi and named general manager Satoru Sakuma to take over, the club announced Wednesday. Ventforet are last in J1 with just six points in 11 games under Higuchi, who joined the club this season ...