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Real Madrid crowned world champion at Club World Cup

Dec 21, 2014

Real Madrid crowned world champion at Club World Cup

Real Madrid outclassed San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday to put a crown on its status as the best club in world soccer. The cup added to Madrid’s 2014 trophy haul of Champions League, King’s Cup, and ...

Dec 21, 2014

Man City whips Crystal Palace

David Silva scored twice as defending champion Manchester City continued to fight for its title, beating Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to draw level provisionally with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. Playing without a recognized striker, City reeled off its sixth ...

Dec 21, 2014

Falling ruble affects stadium costs

The falling ruble has caused a 16 percent rise in the cost of rebuilding Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will host the final of the 2018 World Cup. The ruble has lost almost half of its value against the dollar this year, raising the price ...

Dec 21, 2014

JFA to investigate Aguirre in Spain

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Saturday he has sent a fact-finding mission to Spain following national team coach Javier Aguirre’s alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal. “I have sent (a mission) to Spain and from now on we will have information coming ...

Dec 20, 2014

Inamoto to join Consadole in J2

Three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto has joined Consadole Sapporo after being released earlier this month by Kawasaki Frontale, the J. League second-division club said on Saturday. “I will give it everything I have got and try and help the club win promotion to ...

Dec 19, 2014

Balotelli handed one-match ban

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday’s match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The F.A. on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of £25,000 ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the ...

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

Dec 18, 2014

JFA retains Aguirre for Asian Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre will manage Japan at the Asian Cup in January despite being named as a defendant in a match-fixing case filed by Spanish prosecutors earlier this week, the Japan Football Association confirmed on Thursday. Aguirre was on Monday named as one of 41 ...

San Lorenzo advances to Club World Cup final

Dec 18, 2014

San Lorenzo advances to Club World Cup final

Real Madrid’s opponents in the Club World Cup final will be San Lorenzo after the South American champions ended a storybook run by amateur side Auckland City with a labored 2-1 semifinal win on Wednesday. Madrid will be heavily favored to win its first ...

Madrid crushes Cruz Azul to reach Club World Cup final

Dec 17, 2014

Madrid crushes Cruz Azul to reach Club World Cup final

Goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid coast to a 4-0 victory over Cruz Azul of Mexico on Tuesday and a place in the final of the Club World Cup. Sergio Ramos and Benzema made it 2-0 at halftime, with further ...

Dec 17, 2014

Man trying to locate, sue Ronaldo

A U.S. man is trying to sue Cristiano Ronaldo in a dispute over an underwear line, but he can’t get to the international soccer star. Christopher Renzi sued the Real Madrid forward and a Danish underwear maker in July after being told of their ...

Dec 17, 2014

European clubs offer new proposal

European soccer’s club and league organizations on Tuesday proposed a May-June World Cup for Qatar in 2022. FIFA is considering when to move the tournament to avoid the summer heat, and favors a November-December schedule. The European Club Association had previously suggested an April ...