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Jul 3, 2016

Argentines beg Messi to return

Hundreds of fans of Lionel Messi have gathered in the rain in Argentina’s capital to ask that the soccer star return to the national team following his shock retirement from the squad. Messi announced his decision to leave Argentina’s national team after it lost ...

Germany breaks 'Italian curse' to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Jul 3, 2016

Germany breaks 'Italian curse' to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout. Jonas Hector lifted the so-called “Italian curse” off Germany on Saturday by converting the 18th kick of one of the wildest shootouts in ...

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

Jul 2, 2016

Gamba rout Antlers in opening week of second stage

No Takashi Usami, no problem. Gamba Osaka laid down the gauntlet to the J. League first-stage champions with a controlled 3-1 victory at Kashima Antlers as the second stage got underway on Saturday. Kotaro Omori, Yasuyuki Konno and Kim Jungya scored for the 2014 ...

Jul 2, 2016

Antlers' Caio to depart for Al Ain: source

Kashima Antlers forward Caio is set for a move to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates, a source close to the matter said Friday. The 22-year-old Brazilian, who joined Kashima in 2014 after attending high school in Chiba Prefecture, went on to be ...

Jul 2, 2016

U.S. investors to take over Swansea

Swansea said the Premier League has approved a deal for American investors to take control of the south Wales club. Steve Kaplan, a minority owner and executive vice chairman of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, and Jason Levien, a part-owner of Major League Soccer’s DC ...

Wales roars into semifinals

Jul 2, 2016

Wales roars into semifinals

On the greatest night in its soccer history, Wales swept past the world’s No. 2-ranked team at the European Championship on Friday. Wales stormed back from a rough start to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal won by classy goals from two unheralded ...

Jul 1, 2016

Grampus announce acquisition of midfielder Ogihara

Nagoya Grampus have signed midfielder Takahiro Ogihara on a full transfer from J2 Cerezo Osaka, his new J. League first-division side announced Friday. Ogihara, 24, was part of the Olympic team squad that finished fourth in London four years ago. He came through the ...

Jul 1, 2016

Ibrahimovic confirms move to Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season. Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after ending a hugely successful stay at Paris Saint-Germain, becomes the second ...

Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Jul 1, 2016

Portugal ousts Poland on penalty kicks to make semis

Portugal likes to leave it late at this European Championship, whether Cristiano Ronaldo is having a good game or not. The Portuguese have been level after 90 minutes in every game this tournament, a run that continued on Thursday as Ronaldo and his teammates ...