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Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Jun 15, 2016

Urawa's first-stage title hopes fade with defeat at Gamba

Urawa Reds’ faltering first-stage title hopes suffered another major blow with a 1-0 defeat away to bitter rivals Gamba Osaka in the J. League first division on Wednesday night. Takashi Usami did the damage with the only goal of the game on a breakaway ...

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Jun 15, 2016

Iceland neutralizes Ronaldo; Hungary beats Austria

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal was upstaged by a team of Icelanders and Hungary beat Austria on a day of surprises at the European Championship on Tuesday. The smallest country ever to play at a European Championship, with its population of 330,000, Iceland made its major ...

Jun 15, 2016

Brazil fires Dunga after Copa exit

Brazil fired Dunga as coach on Tuesday, the national soccer confederation (CBF) said, two days after his side failed to get past the group stages of the Centenary Copa America. The Brazilians drew 0-0 with Ecuador and beat Haiti 7-1 but were beaten 1-0 ...

Jun 14, 2016

Koeman steps down at Southampton, takes managerial post at Everton

Ronald Koeman was hired to manage Everton on Tuesday after quitting English Premier League rival Southampton. Southampton said it has begun a search for Koeman’s replacement. The 53-year-old former Barcelona player had only a year remaining on his contract at Southampton, which he led ...

Jun 14, 2016

Japan names two overage players for Rio Olympic squad

Defenders Tsukasa Shiotani of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Hiroki Fujiharu of Gamba Osaka were named as two of Japan’s three overage players for the Rio Olympics by the Japan Football Association on Tuesday. The remaining slot will likely be awarded to a forward, with Urawa ...

Reds mull legal options over tweets

Jun 14, 2016

Reds mull legal options over tweets

The Urawa Reds may consider legal action against the person who taunted Kashima Antlers Brazilian midfielder Caio with racist tweets, the J. League first-division club announced on its website Monday. The tweets were made after Antlers defeated Reds 2-0 on Saturday. Urawa said that ...

Italy takes aim at critics with impressive opening win

Jun 14, 2016

Italy takes aim at critics with impressive opening win

Italy opened its campaign with an impressive victory over Belgium, while defending champion Spain beat the Czech Republic on a good day for the big teams at the European Championship on Monday. Ridiculed by their own media as one of the country’s worst tournament ...

Peru eliminates Brazil from Copa America

Jun 13, 2016

Peru eliminates Brazil from Copa America

Peru’s recent history against Brazil is marked by lots of losses and a few missed opportunities. That changed in a big way Sunday night — with the help from a fortunate non-call. Peru stunned Brazil 1-0, eliminating the soccer power from Copa America on ...

Jun 13, 2016

Albirex defender Hayakawa fighting leukemia

Albirex Niigata defender Fumiya Hayakawa is undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, the J. League first-division club said on Monday. The 22-year-old Hayakawa was diagnosed with the disease after tests following an April 25 game against Nagoya Grampus. He played at the 2011 Under-17 World ...

Jun 13, 2016

Cerezo seeking to reacquire Yamaguchi: report

Cerezo Osaka have asked relegated Hannover about reacquiring Japan midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, the German tabloid Bild reported on Monday. Yamaguchi has told Hannover he wants to return to his old club, and the two teams are expected to agree on terms, according to the ...

Germany takes opener; England, Russia get ban warnings

Jun 13, 2016

Germany takes opener; England, Russia get ban warnings

Germany began its campaign to add the 2016 European Championship to its 2014 World Cup with a promising 2-0 victory over Ukraine on Sunday, while England and Russia were threatened with expulsion from the tournament. Shkodran Mustafi’s header set Germany on its way to ...