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Aug 22, 2015

Neymar making preparations for late start to season

Brazilian star Neymar will miss Barcelona’s first La Liga game of the season despite returning to training for the first time in two weeks on Saturday. The 23-year-old has been suffering from mumps and Barca boss Luis Enrique believes it could be some time ...

Van Gaal shrugs off criticism over Pedro

Aug 22, 2015

Van Gaal shrugs off criticism over Pedro

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on Friday played down the club’s interest in signing Pedro from Barcelona after the Spanish international decided to join Premier League champion Chelsea instead. He also defended executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, who was widely reported to have ...

Kagawa scores to help spark Dortmund comeback

Aug 21, 2015

Kagawa scores to help spark Dortmund comeback

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored his first competitive goal of the season and also set up the winner as Borussia Dortmund pulled off an extraordinary comeback to beat Norway’s Odd 4-3 away in the first leg of their Europa League playoff qualifier on Thursday. ...

Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

Aug 20, 2015

Taketomi, Suzuki steer Reysol past Yamaga

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Goals in each half from Kosuke Taketomi and Daisuke Suzuki fired Kashiwa Reysol to the top of the J. League second-stage standings with a 2-0 win at home to Matsumoto Yamagata on Thursday night. A blockbuster from Taketomi opened the scoring late in the ...

Aug 20, 2015

Winger Thauvin joins Newcastle on five-year deal

Marseille winger Florian Thauvin has signed a five-year deal with Newcastle, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 22-year-old French Under-21 international passed a medical on Wednesday and committed to the club until 2020 on a deal that French media reported to be ...

Aug 19, 2015

Cologne's Osako doubtful for Wolfsburg game

Japan striker Yuya Osako could miss Cologne’s next Bundesliga game at the weekend against Wolfsburg due to a knee issue, the German club said on Tuesday. Although the injury is not serious, it is unclear how long it will take Osako to make a ...

Aug 19, 2015

Okazaki adjusting game to thrive in Premier League

Leicester City summer recruit Shinji Okazaki says he is reaping the benefit of changing his game to adapt to the demands of Premier League soccer. Okazaki scored his first goal for the club in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United and is keen ...

FIFA exec Tashima warns Chung cannot bank on Japan's support

Aug 19, 2015

FIFA exec Tashima warns Chung cannot bank on Japan's support

South Korean FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-joon cannot bank on the support of neighboring Japan, FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima said Tuesday. Tashima said he was pleased his good friend Chung was standing for president, but suggested Japan would instead vote at the ...

Liverpool sinks Bournemouth on Benteke's goal

Aug 18, 2015

Liverpool sinks Bournemouth on Benteke's goal

Christian Benteke scored a contentious first Liverpool goal as his team shaded promoted Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield on Monday to claim its second victory of the Premier League season. The teams’ first-ever league meeting was settled by £32.5 million ($50.8 million) striker Benteke’s 26th-minute ...