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Jun 9, 2016

Sevilla makes offer for Hannover's Kiyotake: report

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake is on the verge of a move to Spanish side Sevilla from relegated Bunsdesliga side Hannover, German sports magazine Kicker reported Thursday. Sevilla will pay Hannover €6.5 million (about ¥793 million) for Kiyotake and hand the 26-year-old a four-year contract ...

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Jun 9, 2016

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Cristiano Ronaldo’s two first-half goals in 10 minutes helped Portugal to a 7-0 demolition of Estonia on Wednesday in the hosts’ last warm-up game before the European Championship. Ronaldo marked his return to the Portugal squad after a two-game absence by scoring with a ...

Jun 8, 2016

Nigerian soccer icon Keshi dies at 54

Former Nigeria defender Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach, died of a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, the country’s soccer association has confirmed. The 54-year-old coached Nigeria to the Nations Cup title in South Africa ...

Jun 8, 2016

Yoshida unsure of future with Southampton

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said Wednesday he is uncertain of how things will be at Southampton with manager Ronald Koeman reportedly on his way to Everton. “The manager might change and I don’t know how things will turn out for me,” Yoshida said, a ...

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Jun 8, 2016

Halilhodzic slams Japan's nice guys after Bosnia defeat

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic ripped into his players and accused them of not being nasty enough after their lack of a mean streak was laid bare in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Kirin Cup final defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hiroshi Kiyotake gave Japan a 28th-minute ...

Spain falls to Georgia in final tuneup

Jun 8, 2016

Spain falls to Georgia in final tuneup

Spain lost 1-0 to Georgia at home on Tuesday in its final warmup before heading to France to defend its European Championship title. Spain dominated from the start but failed to capitalize on its scoring chances, while Georgia took its only significant chance, following ...

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Jun 7, 2016

Duric propels Bosnia-Herzegovina past Japan in Kirin Cup final

Japan’s 11-match unbeaten streak came to an end in its last warm-up for the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday night, Vahid Halilhodzic’s men going down 2-1 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the four-nation Kirin Cup final. Hiroshi Kiyotake put ...

Jun 7, 2016

Pele memorabilia auction begins in London

The three-day sale of more than 2,000 items from world soccer icon Pele’s personal memorabilia kicked off on Tuesday, with shirts, souvenirs and medals all going under the hammer. The Brazil legend’s collection of items from his extraordinary career, being sold in London by ...

Jun 7, 2016

Eriksen hat trick sparks Denmark in rout of Bulgaria

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen scored a second-half hat trick as Denmark thrashed Bulgaria 4-0 to take third place at the four-nation Kirin Cup on Tuesday. Morten Rasmussen opened the scoring late in the first half and Eriksen struck in the 72nd and 74th ...

Jun 7, 2016

Injury bothering Colombia's Rodriquez

Colombia star James Rodriguez could miss his nation’s Copa America match on Tuesday against Paraguay. Coach Jose Pekerman said Monday that Rodriguez hurt his left shoulder in a 2-0 victory over the United States to open the tournament. But he added that the availability ...

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

Jun 7, 2016

Argentina edges Chile in rematch of Copa America final

On the day his grandmother died back home, Angel Di Maria’s mother asked him to stay with his team, stay focused, and represent his country well in Copa America. Di Maria scored in the 51st minute off a pass from Ever Banega, then later ...

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Jun 6, 2016

Okazaki backs Vardy to succeed at Arsenal

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki believes Leicester City strike-partner Jamie Vardy would make a seamless transition at Arsenal if he joins the Gunners just weeks after helping the Foxes complete a fairy-tale run to their first Premier League title. Vardy, who scored 24 goals last ...