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Top-ranked Germany held by Norway

Jun 12, 2015

Top-ranked Germany held by Norway

Norway’s Maren Mjelde scored on a free kick in the second half to secure a fortunate 1-1 draw against Germany in Thursday’s clash of former champions at the Women’s World Cup. In other results, China scored the sole goal in stoppage time to beat ...

Win over Iraq helps Samurai Blue rebuild confidence

Jun 12, 2015

Win over Iraq helps Samurai Blue rebuild confidence

by Andrew Mckirdy

Keisuke Honda admits Japan is still suffering mental “damage” from last year’s World Cup and needs more wins like Thursday’s 4-0 thrashing of Iraq to exorcize the demons. Japan warmed up for next Tuesday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Singapore by hammering Iraq ...

Jun 11, 2015

FIFA spokesman De Gregorio steps down

FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio is to relinquish office with immediate effect, though he will continue to serve on a consultancy basis until the end of the year, world soccer’s governing body said in a statement on Thursday. De Gregorio had taken ...

Jun 11, 2015

Mourinho given six-month driving ban for speeding

A British court has banned Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho from driving for six months after he was caught speeding. The Portuguese coach pleaded guilty to the offense but was not at the hearing at Staines Magistrates’ Court in Surrey on Wednesday. Mourinho was ordered ...

Japan trounces Iraq in friendly

Jun 11, 2015

Japan trounces Iraq in friendly

by Andrew Mckirdy

Japan warmed up for the start of its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a ruthless 4-0 win over Iraq in a friendly on Thursday night. Keisuke Honda and Tomoaki Makino put Japan two goals ahead within the opening 10 minutes at Nissan Stadium, ...

Jun 11, 2015

Arsenal designates Miyaichi for free transfer

Winger Ryo Miyaichi has been listed for free transfer by Arsenal, the Premier League announced Wednesday. Miyaichi joined the Gunners from Chukyodai Chukyo High School in 2010 but made only one league appearance for the Gunners, spending most of his time away on loan ...

Jun 11, 2015

Schalke miffed by Uchida's plans

Japan star Atsuto Uchida’s decision to fly home and undergo surgery in his native country for a knee injury has put the defender offside with his Bundesliga club. The 27-year-old, who has made 74 appearances for Japan, has not played for Schalke since its ...

Jun 11, 2015

Keane extends contract with Galaxy

Ireland forward Robbie Keane extended his contract with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, agreeing to stay with the MLS club into the final years of his playing career. The MLS champions refused to give details of Keane’s contract extension, but the prolific goalscorer had ...

McClaren takes charge at Newcastle

Jun 11, 2015

McClaren takes charge at Newcastle

Former England coach Steve McClaren was hired as Newcastle United manager on Wednesday, taking his most high-profile English club job after spending eight years rebuilding a reputation that was tarnished by his troubled spell with the national team. Newcastle announced the appointment of McClaren ...

U.S. stuns Germany with late goal

Jun 11, 2015

U.S. stuns Germany with late goal

Five days after beating the Netherlands for the first time, the United States defeated Germany in Germany for the first time. The Americans could not be more confident heading into next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. “It makes us world champions, right?” goalkeeper Brad Guzan ...

Jun 10, 2015

Uchida to be sidelined at least 6 weeks after knee surgery

Defender Atsuto Uchida has had right knee surgery in Japan and will remain in the country for six weeks to rehabilitate, his German Bundesliga club Schalke announced on Wednesday. Uchida, who has long been suffering from pain in the knee, had a procedure performed ...

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

Jun 10, 2015

FIFA postpones 2026 World Cup bidding amid turmoil

FIFA announced Wednesday that it had suspended the bidding process to host the 2026 World Cup amid the uproar surrounding corruption probes at the organization. “It was decided to place the administrative process on hold for the 2026 FIFA World Cup bidding due to ...