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FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Jan 10, 2017

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer’s governing body said on its Twitter feed ...

Former Paraguayan striker Cabanas dies

Jan 10, 2017

Former Paraguayan striker Cabanas dies

Roberto Cabanas, who was a top striker for various clubs and Paraguay, died on Monday. He was 55. Valerio Cabanas, the brother of the deceased, said the cause of death was a heart attack. Cabanas played for local club Cerro Porteno, was a member ...

Jan 10, 2017

Ex-Nadeshiko star Sawa gives birth to girl

Homare Sawa, a former soccer player who was the 2011 Women’s World Cup MVP and top scorer, has given birth to a baby girl, her first child, her agent said Tuesday. “The moment I heard my daughter giving her first cry, I was filled ...

Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award a fourth time

Jan 10, 2017

Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award a fourth time

Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday. The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual ...

Jan 9, 2017

Halilhodzic backs 48-team World Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave his approval to expanding the World Cup from its current 32-team format to 40 or 48 teams as FIFA prepares to discuss the idea during its board meeting on Tuesday. “Soccer is steadily being played at a higher level ...

Aomori Yamada hammers Maebashi Ikuei to claim first high school title

Jan 9, 2017

Aomori Yamada hammers Maebashi Ikuei to claim first high school title

Aomori Yamada High School won its first national high school championship on Monday after demolishing Maebashi Ikuei 5-0 at Saitama Stadium. Top-scorer Akito Narumi had a quick-fire brace in the second half for the representative from Aomori against its Gunma counterpart, which was also ...

Nakamura leaves Marinos to join Jubilo

Jan 8, 2017

Nakamura leaves Marinos to join Jubilo

Jubilo Iwata have signed former Japan international and Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura from Yokohama F. Marinos, the J. League first-division sides announced Sunday. The 38-year-old playmaker will continue to wear the No. 10 shirt at his new club Jubilo, who will be Nakamura’s second ...

Rooney matches Charlton in rout

Jan 8, 2017

Rooney matches Charlton in rout

Wayne Rooney equaled Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United scoring record as the F.A. Cup holders cruised into the fourth round with a 4-0 win over Reading on Saturday. Rooney scored his 249th United goal with Charlton watching as Jose Mourinho’s men strolled to victory, but ...

Nakata joins International Football Association Board

Jan 7, 2017

Nakata joins International Football Association Board

Former Japan star Hidetoshi Nakata has been appointed as a member of the International Football Association Board that discusses and decides proposed alterations to the game’s laws. The 39-year-old, whose exploits in the Italian Serie A paved the way for many of his countrymen ...

Jan 7, 2017

Marinos acquire Ogihara, Vieira

Yokohama F. Marinos have signed midfielder Takahiro Ogihara from relegated Nagoya Grampus and Portuguese forward Hugo Vieira from Serbian side Red Star Belgrade, the J.League first-division side announced on Saturday. The 25-year-old Ogihara, who played for Japan in the 2012 London Olympics, made his ...

Manchester City whips West Ham in F.A. Cup match

Jan 7, 2017

Manchester City whips West Ham in F.A. Cup match

Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the F.A. Cup on Friday, bringing an upbeat end to a testing week for coach Pep Guardiola. Midfielder Yaya Toure’s penalty, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit’s own goal and a strike from ...

Chelsea's Mikel on the move to Chinese Super League

Jan 6, 2017

Chelsea's Mikel on the move to Chinese Super League

John Obi Mikel has followed Chelsea midfielder Oscar to the Chinese Super League by leaving Stamford Bridge on Friday to join Tianjin TEDA. The defensive midfielder made over 370 appearances in his 10 1/2 years at the London club but said it was time ...