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May 27, 2016

Kaka named to Brazil's Copa America squad

Brazil has called on Kaka as a late addition for next month’s Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday. The Orlando City midfielder will replace Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, who was cut from the squad because of ...

Zidane thanks lucky stars for spot in CL final

May 27, 2016

Zidane thanks lucky stars for spot in CL final

Zinedine Zidane couldn’t have asked for much more after only five months as Real Madrid’s head coach. The former France great has a chance to end the season celebrating the Champions League title, just like he did 14 years ago as a player for ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale’s under-23 ...

May 26, 2016

Former Shimizu boss Ghotbi says future 'bright' for Thai soccer

Former Shimizu S-Pulse and Iran manager Afshin Ghotbi, named new coach of Buriram United on Tuesday, believes Thai soccer is on the rise and gaining on Asia’s two premier leagues, the J. League and K-League. “Both K-League and J. League have a longer history ...

May 26, 2016

Japan ousted at Toulon Tournament

Japan’s Rio Olympic Under-23s’ elimination at the Toulon Tournament was sealed on Wednesday, despite a 2-1 win over Guinea in Group B. First-half goals from Cayman Togashi and Takumi Minamino secured Japan its first three points of the tournament, but it was too little, ...

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

May 26, 2016

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

Urawa Reds mounted a remarkable extra-time comeback against FC Seoul but conceded a last-minute equalizer for a 3-3 draw on aggregate, and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on penalties 7-6 on Wednesday in a frenetic round-of-16 encounter. Holding a 1-0 lead ...

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

May 25, 2016

Frontale stay afloat in Nabisco Cup

A brace from little-used Shohei Otsuka just kept Kawasaki alive in the Nabisco Cup as Frontale defeated Group B leaders Vegalta Sendai 2-1 on Wednesday. Otsuka opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before doubling Kawasaki’s lead early in the second half. Substitute Ramon ...

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

May 25, 2016

Japan captain Hasebe mulls next club move

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe will take his time to decide his new club after helping Eintracht Frankfurt retain its top-flight status in the German Bundesliga. “The contract will expire and there are many possibilities,” Hasebe said at Narita airport on Wednesday. “I’ll sort things ...

Mourinho, Man Utd. agree to terms

May 25, 2016

Mourinho, Man Utd. agree to terms

English soccer’s biggest club seems to have secured the services of the sport’s most colorful manager after Jose Mourinho agreed to personal terms with Manchester United on Tuesday, according to Sky TV reports. After a trophy-laden career with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real ...

May 24, 2016

FIFA fires embattled finance chief over bonus payments

FIFA has fired its finance director of the past 13 years, removing another fixture of the Sepp Blatter presidential era in another round of revelations about irregular million-dollar payments. Markus Kattner’s exit on Monday came after he spent several months in his highest profile ...