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Jul 25, 2014

Hannover acquires midfielder Kiyotake

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake has been acquired by German first-division side Hannover, the Bundesliga club announced Friday. Kiyotake, who represented Japan at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, had been playing for relegated Nuremberg since leaving Cerezo Osaka in the summer of 2012. His ...

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

Jul 25, 2014

Nishimura doesn't dwell on World Cup controversy

by Andrew Mckirdy

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following ...

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

Jul 24, 2014

Aguirre confirmed as Japan's next manager

by Andrew Mckirdy

The Japan Football Association on Thursday officially named Mexican Javier Aguirre as Japan’s new national team manager. Aguirre, who has twice led Mexico at the World Cup and has managed several club teams in Spain and his native country, succeeds Alberto Zaccheroni after the ...

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Jul 23, 2014

Urawa sets successive shutout record with win at Tokushima

Former Asian club champions Urawa Reds tightened their grip on top spot in the first division on Wednesday with a 2-0 win away to rock-bottom Tokushima Vortis, setting a J. League record in the process with a seventh consecutive clean sheet. Defender Tomoaki Makino ...

Jul 23, 2014

Japan to play September friendly against Uruguay

The Japan Football Association announced Wednesday that the Samurai Blue will take the field in September against Uruguay, in their first game since the recently completed World Cup. The game, set for Sept. 5 at Sapporo Dome, will be Japan’s first under new management ...

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

Jul 23, 2014

Rodriguez signs with Real Madrid

A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at ...

Jul 23, 2014

Kakitani eager to succeed at Basel

Japan forward Yoichiro Kakitani said Tuesday that his principle reason for leaving Japan to play for Swiss club FC Basel was to get a taste of winning. “Since I was a boy, I’ve dreamed of playing in the European Champions League,” Kakitani told a ...

Jul 22, 2014

Spanish club Cordoba signs Havenaar

Cordoba, which will be promoted to Spain’s top league for the 2014-2015 season, has acquired the services of Japan international Mike Havenaar on a two-year contract, with an option for a third. The La Liga club made the announcement Monday on Havenaar’s transfer from ...

Gerrard retires from international play with little to show

Jul 22, 2014

Gerrard retires from international play with little to show

As Steven Gerrard soaked up thunderous applause from England’s supporters at full time in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he looked surprised and relieved by the generous response to his team’s dismal World Cup campaign. The 17-minute substitute appearance in a meaningless draw against Costa Rica ...

Jul 21, 2014

Uchida out with inflamed right knee

Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida will likely be sidelined for two to three weeks with inflammation in his right knee, Kicker magazine reported on Monday. Uchida, 26, received the diagnoses after returning to the Bundesliga club for a practice on July 17, following a break ...