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Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Jul 1, 2014

Brazil says injured Neymar will be ready for Colombia

Neymar will be fit to play in the World Cup quarterfinal against Colombia despite thigh and knee injuries sustained against Chile, Brazil’s soccer confederation said Monday. The confederation said team doctor Jose Luiz Runco checked Neymar again when the squad returned to its training ...

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

Jul 1, 2014

France fights off Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

After being touted as one of the World Cup’s entertainers, it was a gritty performance which got France through to the quarterfinals in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Monday. France’s forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group ...

Kaka quits AC Milan for Orlando

Jul 1, 2014

Kaka quits AC Milan for Orlando

AC Milan midfielder Kaka officially left the Serie A club on Monday to join Orlando City Soccer Club. A statement on the Milan website said it had come to a “mutual agreement (with Kaka) to end the Brazil star’s contract but there is no ...

Jul 1, 2014

Marinos sign Rafinha from Ulsan

Yokohama F. Marinos said Tuesday they have acquired Brazilian-born forward Rafael dos Santos de Oliveira from K-League squad Ulsan Hyundai. The 27-year-old, commonly known as Rafinha, joined Gamba Osaka during the 2011 season after stints with Avispa Fukuoka and Thespa Kusatsu in J2. He ...

Jul 1, 2014

Zaccheroni heads home to Italy

Alberto Zaccheroni, who resigned as Japan’s manager after his side’s humbling first-round exit at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil, returned home to Italy on Tuesday. The 61-year-old Zaccheroni, who spent four years managing Japan in the build-up to the World Cup, expressed his ...

World Cup exposes divide

Jun 30, 2014

World Cup exposes divide

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

Jun 30, 2014

Colombia star Rodriguez not worried about facing Brazil

World Cup sensation James Rodriguez said that Colombia would feel “no pressure” against Brazil in the quarterfinals after inspiring his side to a 2-0 victory over Uruguay. The 22-year-old scored a contender for goal of the tournament with an exquisite volley in the 28th ...

Jun 30, 2014

Tanaka leaving Reysol for Sporting

A deal for Kashiwa Reysol forward Junya Tanaka to move to Portuguese club Sporting has been reached, his J. League first division club announced late on Sunday. The details on the contract for Tanaka have not been revealed, but according to Portuguese media reports ...

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Jun 30, 2014

Costa Rica beats Greece in penalty shootout

Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour. Michael Umana scored the decisive penalty as Costa Rica won the shootout 5-3 after the ...

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Jun 29, 2014

Cesar's heroics carry Brazil past Chile, into quarterfinals

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar kept the host nation’s hopes of World Cup glory alive on Saturday, saving two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send it into the last eight 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time. Four years ...