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Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

May 16, 2015

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds remained unbeaten through 11 games and at the summit of the J. League after thrashing FC Tokyo 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Tadanari Lee, Takahiro Sekine, Yuki Muto and substitute Tsukasa Umesaki scored for Mihailo Petrovic’s men in an unexpectedly ...

May 15, 2015

Eye irritant forces match suspension

A Copa Libertadores match between bitter Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was suspended Thursday after River Plate players were sprayed with a substance that seemed to affect their vision and irritated their eyes. “My whole body hurts,” River player Leonardo Ponzio said. ...

May 14, 2015

FC Tokyo signs 13-year-old Barca prodigy Kubo

FC Tokyo could lose Yoshinori Muto this summer, but may have found their future in 13-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo, whose signing they announced on Thursday. Kubo had been training with Tokyo’s junior youth team since April. Hailed by Barcelona fans as the ...

Juve punches ticket to final

May 14, 2015

Juve punches ticket to final

Juventus came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid on Wednesday and line up a Champions League final against Barcelona with a 3-2 victory on aggregate. Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the priceless equalizer for Juventus against his old ...

May 14, 2015

JFA to build Chiba training center

The Japan Football Association will build a ¥4 billion training facility at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. The new facility — to be called the JFA National Football Center — is scheduled to be completed by 2021, ...

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

May 13, 2015

Barcelona reaches CL final despite loss to Bayern

Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semifinal 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Neymar’s first-half goals made sure Barcelona went through 5-3 on aggregate following its 3-0 victory ...

May 13, 2015

Ventforet fires manager Higuchi

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu have fired manager Yasuhiro Higuchi and named general manager Satoru Sakuma to take over, the club announced Wednesday. Ventforet are last in J1 with just six points in 11 games under Higuchi, who joined the club this season ...

May 12, 2015

Frontale's Kobayashi undergoes knee surgery

Kawasaki Frontale’s Japan international Yu Kobayashi will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the J. League club said Tuesday. Kobayashi was hurt while warming up for Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The ...

May 12, 2015

FC Tokyo's Muto expected to join Bundesliga side Mainz

Japan striker Yoshinori Muto’s European destination will likely not be Chelsea but Mainz of the Bundesliga, sources with knowledge of the FC Tokyo player’s decision told Kyodo News through Tuesday. According to the sources, Tokyo and Mainz are deep into talks for the 22-year-old’s ...

May 11, 2015

Blues frustrate Gerrard, Liverpool

After years of abuse from Chelsea fans, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was not appreciative of one final gesture of goodwill — an ovation from fans throughout Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Not when Gerrard was mercilessly taunted throughout the 1-1 draw over the slip against ...