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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 ...

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

May 10, 2015

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

Shoma Doi provided Kashima Antlers with the perfect tonic for their Asian Champions League blues by hitting the winner in a 1-0 victory away to FC Tokyo in the J. League on Sunday. Doi struck in the 34th minute in front of over 42,000 ...

Man United tightens grip

May 10, 2015

Man United tightens grip

Manchester United ended a three-match losing run to move within sight of Champions League qualification on Saturday, while Burnley became the first team to be relegated from the English Premier League this season. Marouane Fellaini scored a 78th-minute winner as United beat Crystal Palace ...

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

May 7, 2015

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo was among 28 J. League players called up for Japan’s training camp next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. The 32-year-old Okubo, the J. League’s top scorer the last two seasons, returned to the fold for the ...

Brilliant Messi scores pair in victory

May 7, 2015

Brilliant Messi scores pair in victory

Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday. Not even the coach ...

Antlers eliminated from Asian Champions League

May 5, 2015

Antlers eliminated from Asian Champions League

Kashima Antlers suffered a stoppage-time 3-2 defeat to FC Seoul in Group H and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on Tuesday. Substitute Mauricio Molina doomed Toninho Cerezo’s men in the 91st minute, after Kashima captain Gaku Shibasaki made it a 2-2 ...

May 5, 2015

Ex-striker Greaves suffers stroke

Former England striker Jimmy Greaves faces a “long period of rehabilitation” after a severe stroke, his wife said Tuesday. The 75-year-old Greaves is in intensive care after his second stroke in three years. “Jimmy is having to do what he is told, and understands ...