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Defender Suzuki quits Reysol

Jan 15, 2016

Defender Suzuki quits Reysol

Kashiwa Reysol defender Daisuke Suzuki, linked with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano in November, has left the J. League first-division club, the team announced Friday. “I have a strong desire to face a new challenge in a new environment and thus reached this decision,” Suzuki ...

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

Jan 15, 2016

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

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Dome Corporation president Shuichi Yasuda has the vision, Satoshi Okura the know-how and former Dutch international and Rangers player Pieter Huistra the experience. The goal now is to combine their respective talents as they embark on the task of building a professional soccer club ...

World Cup-winning 'keeper Kaihori announces retirement

Jan 15, 2016

World Cup-winning 'keeper Kaihori announces retirement

Nadeshiko Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori announced her retirement through her club INAC Kobe Leonessa on Friday at the age of 29, saying she had passed her physical peak. “I am not able to perform physically as well as I used to, and have become ...

Jan 15, 2016

Report: Pele has fresh hip operation

Brazilian soccer legend Pele had hip surgery in the United States last month and is still there undergoing physiotherapy, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The Folha de Sao Paulo said surgeons in New York operated on the 75-year-old to fix a loose hip implant ...

Jan 15, 2016

Kanazaki returning to Portugal from Antlers

Japan international striker Mu Kanazaki will return to Portuguese second-division club Portimonense after spending last season on loan in the J. League top flight with Kashima Antlers, Portimonense said Thursday. Portimonense said it had received offers for the 26-year-old’s services from several clubs both ...

Nadeshiko Japan begins life without Sawa

Jan 14, 2016

Nadeshiko Japan begins life without Sawa

Japan coach Norio Sasaki says his players must adapt to life without talismanic midfielder Homare Sawa as he named his squad for the team’s first training camp since the former Women’s World Player of the Year retired last month. Sasaki named a squad of ...

Jan 14, 2016

Returning Kakitani looks ahead to new season with Cerezo Osaka

Yoichiro Kakitani kicked off his preseason training on Thursday and said he was relishing the prospect of playing again for his boyhood club after rejoining J. League second-division side Cerezo Osaka from Basel on a full transfer. “I don’t have any particular targets, but ...

Arsenal draws six-goal thriller at Liverpool; Leicester wins

Jan 14, 2016

Arsenal draws six-goal thriller at Liverpool; Leicester wins

Arsenal conceded a 90th-minute equalizer at Liverpool to lose its outright lead in the Premier League on Wednesday, as Leicester kept up its surprising title challenge with a 1-0 win at Tottenham. Only a superior goal difference is keeping Arsenal above Leicester after the ...

FIFA fires secretary general Valcke

Jan 13, 2016

FIFA fires secretary general Valcke

FIFA has fired Jerome Valcke for the second time, cutting ties with the secretary general four months after he was suspended while under investigation for wrongdoing at the scandal-scarred governing body. FIFA announced Wednesday that its emergency committee, consisting of the heads of the ...

Jan 13, 2016

Striker Douglas to leave J. League for Al Ain

Brazilian striker Douglas, who played a pivotal role in helping Sanfrecce Hiroshima win the J. League championship with 21 goals on loan from second-division Tokushima Vortis last season, will move to the United Arab Emirates to play for Al Ain, Tokushima said Wednesday. Hiroshima ...