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Jun 11, 2016

Messi notches quick hat trick

Lionel Messi scored a magical hat trick in 19 minutes as Argentina cruised into the Copa America quarterfinals with a 5-0 rout of Panama on Friday. Messi had been forced to delay his debut in the tournament after a slow recovery from a lower ...

Jun 10, 2016

Sevilla to give Kiyotake four-year contract

Sevilla has agreed to sign Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake on a four-year deal from relegated Bunsdesliga side Hannover, the Spanish team announced Friday. The 26-year-old, who has three goals for Japan in 37 games, was reported by German media as subject to a bid ...

Mexico defeats Jamica to reach Copa America quarterfinals

Jun 10, 2016

Mexico defeats Jamica to reach Copa America quarterfinals

When Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez headed home an early goal for Mexico, he set off a seismic celebration at a Rose Bowl packed to bursting with green-clad fans. He also sent Copa America’s other home team rolling toward the next round. Chicharito scored on a ...

Jun 10, 2016

Pele mementos big hit at auction

The three-day sale of memorabilia belonging to world soccer icon Pele ended in London on Thursday with the artifacts sold for the princely total of £3.4 million ($5 million). The final day of the sale — held in London but under the banner of ...

Jun 10, 2016

Suita Stadium chosen to host Club World Cup matches

Gamba Osaka’s new home ground, Suita Stadium, will host the Club World Cup for the first time, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The 40,000-seat stadium opened ahead of this season as Gamba’s previous home ground, the 1970 Expo Stadium held only 21,000 with ...

Ecuador overcomes poor start, earns draw with Peru

Jun 9, 2016

Ecuador overcomes poor start, earns draw with Peru

Miller Bolanos scored the lone second-half goal and Ecuador rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Peru 2-2 on Wednesday night in the Copa America. Three minutes after halftime, Jefferson Montero and Christian Noboa connected on a give-and-go and Montero got behind the defense ...

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

Jun 9, 2016

Honda aspires to open soccer school in Cambodia

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda said Thursday he wants to open a soccer school in Cambodia. Following a meeting with Gen. Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, Honda, 29, said he wanted to open a soccer school in the country, targeting young ...

Jun 9, 2016

Sevilla makes offer for Hannover's Kiyotake: report

Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake is on the verge of a move to Spanish side Sevilla from relegated Bunsdesliga side Hannover, German sports magazine Kicker reported Thursday. Sevilla will pay Hannover €6.5 million (about ¥793 million) for Kiyotake and hand the 26-year-old a four-year contract ...

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Jun 9, 2016

Ronaldo ignites Portugal in rout of Estonia

Cristiano Ronaldo’s two first-half goals in 10 minutes helped Portugal to a 7-0 demolition of Estonia on Wednesday in the hosts’ last warm-up game before the European Championship. Ronaldo marked his return to the Portugal squad after a two-game absence by scoring with a ...

Jun 8, 2016

Nigerian soccer icon Keshi dies at 54

Former Nigeria defender Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as both a player and a coach, died of a suspected heart attack on Wednesday, the country’s soccer association has confirmed. The 54-year-old coached Nigeria to the Nations Cup title in South Africa ...

Jun 8, 2016

Yoshida unsure of future with Southampton

Japan defender Maya Yoshida said Wednesday he is uncertain of how things will be at Southampton with manager Ronald Koeman reportedly on his way to Everton. “The manager might change and I don’t know how things will turn out for me,” Yoshida said, a ...