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Feb 5, 2015

JFA announces final World Cup warm-ups for Nadeshiko Japan

Defending champion Japan will play its last domestic warm-ups against New Zealand and Italy before heading off to Canada for the Women’s World Cup, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. Nadeshiko Japan will host New Zealand on May 24 in Kagawa Prefecture before ...

United beats Cambridge in replay

Feb 4, 2015

United beats Cambridge in replay

Manchester United overcame fourth-tier Cambridge in an F.A. Cup replay on Tuesday, winning 3-0 less than two weeks after a humbling 0-0 draw. Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and second-half substitute James Wilson scored to send United through to a fifth-round match at third-tier Preston. ...

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

Feb 3, 2015

JFA fires embattled manager Aguirre

by Andrew Mckirdy

Javier Aguirre was fired as Japan’s national team manager on Tuesday after a match-fixing case naming him as a defendant was accepted by a Spanish court. The Japan Football Association dismissed Aguirre, who had only been in the job since August, after judging that ...

Feb 3, 2015

Fletcher ends 15-year United career

Darren Fletcher’s 15-year Manchester United career came to an end on Monday as West Bromwich Albion announced that it had signed the Scotland captain on a free transfer. The 31-year-old midfielder first joined United as a schoolboy and made 342 appearances for the club, ...

Arsenal pounds Villa; Saints slip up

Feb 2, 2015

Arsenal pounds Villa; Saints slip up

The fight for Champions League qualification from the Premier League intensified Sunday, with Arsenal dismantling Aston Villa in its biggest win of the season and Southampton surrendering third place after a surprise home loss to Swansea. Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott — starting their ...

Feb 1, 2015

Okazaki keen on Leicester switch

Mainz forward Shinji Okazaki is still holding on to his hope of a switch to the Premier League with the winter transfer window set to close on Monday. Okazaki has been linked with a move out of the Bundesliga to last-place Leicester City, which ...

Australia captures Asian Cup crown

Jan 31, 2015

Australia captures Asian Cup crown

Australia won its first Asian Cup title by beating South Korea 2-1 after extra time Saturday in the final at Stadium Australia. Substitute James Troisi tapped home the winner after Kim Jin-hyeon could only parry striker Tomi Juric’s low cross just before the midway ...

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

Jan 31, 2015

Nishikawa motivated by past failures

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds and Japan goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa has urged his teammates to seize the moment over the year ahead after suffering disappointment for both club and country in the last two months. Nishikawa was outstanding as Urawa led the J. League for the majority ...

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Jan 30, 2015

Mabkhout lifts UAE to third-place finish in Asian Cup

Ali Mabkhout put one hand on the Asian Cup top-scorer award on Friday as the United Arab Emirates came from behind to beat 10-man Iraq 3-2 in a rollercoaster third-place playoff. The Al Jazira marksman took his tally for the competition to five with ...