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Nov 15, 2016

Yoshida takes over as new Ventforet Kofu manager

Tatsuma Yoshida has been named Ventforet Kofu’s new manager, the J-League first-division team said Tuesday. The 42-year-old Yoshida, who has had managed Kashiwa Reysol and Albirex Niigata, will replace Satoru Sakuma, who announced earlier this month his intention to focus on his role as ...

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Nov 14, 2016

Confident Osako ready to take risks against Saudis

Having marked his international return in style with a brace against Oman, Cologne striker Yuya Osako is champing at the bit and said Monday he is ready to take risks if he is picked to play in Tuesday’s crucial final-round World Cup qualifier against ...

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Nov 14, 2016

Okazaki says Japan's days of dominance in Asia are over

Japan is no longer the dominant force of Asian soccer it once was and must be prepared to fight bare knuckle at continental level, Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki said on Sunday. Japan is third in Group B of Asia’s World Cup final qualifiers ...

Nov 11, 2016

Grampus clean house after drop

Relegated Nagoya Grampus released nine players, including long-serving No. 10 Yoshizumi Ogawa and Michihiro Yasuda, on Thursday, while tentatively appointing vice chairman Shinichi Sasaki as the new president. Nagoya, which a week ago dropped to the second tier for the first time on goal ...

Nov 11, 2016

Rangers part ways with Barton

Joey Barton’s tumultuous spell at Rangers was ended on Thursday as the club announced it had terminated the midfielder’s contract with immediate effect. The 34-year-old Englishman, who joined Rangers on a two-year contract in May, returned to the Scottish Premiership club last week after ...

Brazil shuts out listless Argentina

Nov 11, 2016

Brazil shuts out listless Argentina

Memories of the biggest humiliation in Brazilian soccer and the return of Lionel Messi to Argentina were not enough to stop the five-time World Cup champions from beating their archrivals Thursday in South American qualifying for the World Cup. The Brazilians won at Mineirao ...

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Nov 10, 2016

Kagawa's status uncertain for Oman friendly

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is an injury doubt for Japan’s World Cup qualifying warm-up against Oman in Kashima on Friday. Kagawa trained separately from the main group after arriving back in Japan and skipped Wednesday’s session because of a sore right ankle, although ...