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Sep 15, 2016

Japan slips to 56th in FIFA rankings

Japan dropped seven places to 56th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. After losing to the United Arab Emirates at home on Sept. 1 to start the final round of World Cup qualifying, Japan is now the sixth-highest ...

Late drama lifts Real Madrid

Sep 15, 2016

Late drama lifts Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata scored very late goals as Real Madrid came from behind to beat Sporting Lisbon 2-1 and avoid starting the defense of its Champions League title with a shock defeat on Wednesday. Ronaldo equalized from an 89th-minute free kick against ...

Barcelona thrashes Celtic in Champions League opener

Sep 14, 2016

Barcelona thrashes Celtic in Champions League opener

Barcelona’s lethal MSN — Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar — dissected Celtic 7-0 while a deluge washed out Pep Guardiola’s eagerly awaited first Champions League game in charge of Manchester City on Tuesday. There was no rain but there was a flood of ...

Sep 13, 2016

Kubo, 15, poised to become youngest player in J. League history

Fifteen-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo will be cleared to play for FC Tokyo’s top-flight team, which could make him the youngest ever to appear in the J. League’s first division, a club source said. Kubo is currently 15 years, 3 months old. Former ...

Haraguchi sparkles as Hertha beats Ingolstadt

Sep 11, 2016

Haraguchi sparkles as Hertha beats Ingolstadt

Genki Haraguchi put in a man-of-the-match performance, setting up both goals as Hertha Berlin won 2-0 away to Ingolstadt on Saturday to make it two out of two in the new German Bundesliga season. The 25-year-old attacker, who scored the opening header in Japan’s ...

City edges United in derby clash

Sep 11, 2016

City edges United in derby clash

Pep Guardiola got one over his old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester City edged an absorbing derby clash against Manchester United 2-1 on Saturday to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League. The victory on its rival’s home turf maintained ...

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

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Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima’s 2-2 draw with ...

Sep 10, 2016

Sint-Truiden's Ono sidelined with broken jaw

Forward Yuji Ono will be out for at least a month after breaking his jaw during a training session, his Belgian club Sint-Truiden said Friday on its website. The 23-year-old, who moved from Standard Liege in the summer last year, has yet to open ...

Sep 9, 2016

JFA makes ¥30 million donation to quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture

The Japan Football Association on Thursday donated over ¥30 million ($295,000) to Kumamoto Prefecture after it has been struck by two massive earthquakes in April, leaving about 50 dead. Money from the JFA has been presented, along with donations from the Japan national team ...

Sep 8, 2016

Teguramori returning to national team coaching staff

Japan’s Rio Olympic head coach Makoto Teguramori said Thursday he is set for a return to a coaching role with the national team under head coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Teguramori, 48, has doubled as a national team coach after the 2014 World Cup as well ...