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Oct 17, 2014

Ex-J.Leaguer Oku dies in car accident

Former J.League player Daisuke Oku died at a hospital early Friday after crashing his car into a roadside utility pole in Okinawa Prefecture. According to local police, 38-year-old Oku had veered into the opposite lane before slamming into the pole on Miyako Island, where ...

Oct 16, 2014

MLS chief Garber rips Klinsmann

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber took the extraordinary step Wednesday of criticizing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for not taking Landon Donovan to the World Cup and for saying Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley damaged their careers by returning to MLS from European clubs. ...

Oct 16, 2014

Ex-France defender Gallas retires

Former France defender William Gallas has announced his retirement, bringing to an end a decorated 19-year professional soccer career, he said on Thursday. “You tell yourself you can always continue but I think that today I can’t,” the 37-year-old center back told TV channel ...

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

Oct 15, 2014

JEF stuns Cerezo to reach Emperor's Cup semis

J. League second-division playoff hopefuls JEF United Chiba reached the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup with a 1-0 win away to top-flight Cerezo Osaka on Wednesday night. Masakazu Tashiro struck the clincher early in the second half to book Takashi Sekizuka’s side a meeting ...

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Oct 15, 2014

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson ...

Neymar's four goals overwhelm Japan

Oct 14, 2014

Neymar's four goals overwhelm Japan

Neymar stole the show with all four goals as Brazil thrashed Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday night to extend its perfect start under coach Dunga to four matches. Japan had not beaten Brazil in any of their previous 10 meetings ...

England squeezes past Estonia; Costa opens account

Oct 13, 2014

England squeezes past Estonia; Costa opens account

Wayne Rooney scored his 43rd international goal as England beat Estonia 1-0 to preserve its perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record on Sunday while Chelsea striker Diego Costa finally opened his Spain account. Even after Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan was sent off for a second ...

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

Oct 12, 2014

Sanfrecce, Gamba to square off in Nabisco Cup final

by Gus Fielding

Reigning J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima reached the final of the Nabisco Cup despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat to holders Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday. Leandro struck twice as Reysol erased their two-goal, first-leg deficit, but Naoki Ishihara rifled home with 16 minutes left to ...

Tardelli scores pair as Brazil blanks Argentina

Oct 12, 2014

Tardelli scores pair as Brazil blanks Argentina

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Brazil continued its defensive rehabilitation under returning coach Dunga with a morale-boosting 2-0 win over old adversary Argentina in a feisty friendly on Saturday. Atletico Mineiro striker Diego Tardelli scored once in each half, his first goals ...

Donovan takes final U.S. bow

Oct 11, 2014

Donovan takes final U.S. bow

He had come oh-so-close to scoring during his national team farewell, listened to fans repeatedly serenade him with his name, accepted presents and exchanged hugs. And then, when he stood on the field at the end and watched some of the many highlights of ...

Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Oct 11, 2014

Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Shinji Kagawa will not travel to Singapore for Japan’s friendly against Brazil after showing symptoms of a concussion, the Japan Football Association said following Friday’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica. Kagawa was taken to the hospital where he was to undergo detailed tests. The team ...