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Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Jan 13, 2015

Ronaldo wins FIFA Player of the Year award for third time

Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his third FIFA Player of the Year award brought him closer to being remembered as one of soccer’s all-time greats. The Portuguese forward, who led Real Madrid to its record 10th European title, received 37.66 percent of votes of national team ...

Jan 13, 2015

Rangers reject Sarver's bid for team

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver’s second bid to take over financially troubled Scottish soccer team Rangers was rejected on Monday, prompting him to curtail his interest in buying the club. Rangers announced to the London Stock Exchange that Sarver’s offer of £20 million ($30 ...

Houllier challenges Japan to raise game

Jan 12, 2015

Houllier challenges Japan to raise game

by Andrew Mckirdy

Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has urged Japan to cast aside its inferiority complex and close the gap on the world’s leading soccer nations. Houllier was the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, where ...

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

Jan 12, 2015

Japan cruises past Palestine in opener

by Gus Fielding

Four-time champion Japan made the perfect start to its Asian Cup defense with a 4-0 whipping of tournament debutant Palestine on Monday. Yasuhito Endo marked his fourth Asian Cup with the opener after eight minutes, and further goals from Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda ...

Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

Jan 12, 2015

Houllier challenges Japan to take next step

by Andrew Mckirdy

Former Liverpool and France manager Gerard Houllier has urged Japan to cast aside its inferiority complex and close the gap on the world’s leading soccer nations. Houllier was the head of FIFA’s Technical Study Group at the World Cup in Brazil last summer, where ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...

Jan 11, 2015

Oscar leads Chelsea past Newcastle

Chelsea overcame a difficult start to beat Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, moving two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after Manuel Pellegrini’s side was held to a 1-1 draw at Everton. Oscar led Jose Mourinho’s ...

Report: Mainz rejects Leicester bid for Okazaki

Jan 10, 2015

Report: Mainz rejects Leicester bid for Okazaki

Mainz has turned down an offer from English Premier League club Leicester City for Japan international striker Shinji Okazaki, according to a report on Friday in the online edition of Allgemeine Zeitung. “People always say we could get €12 or €13 million if we ...

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

Jan 10, 2015

South Korea starts Asian Cup campaign with win over Oman

South Korea began its Asian Cup campaign with a difficult 1-0 win over Oman on Saturday through Cho Yong-cheol’s goal in first-half stoppage time. Winning coach Uli Stielike said he hoped the close victory would give his team added incentive as the tournament progressed. ...

Jan 10, 2015

Kagawa has injury scare in practice

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa suffered an injury scare during training on Saturday, two days before Japan launches its Asian Cup title defense against Group D underdog Palestine. Kagawa landed on his left elbow during a game of foot volleyball. The 25-year-old left the ...

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Jan 9, 2015

Australia opens Asian Cup with convincing victory over Kuwait

Tim Cahill sparked an Australian fightback after an early deficit as the hosts beat Kuwait 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup on Friday. A vocal sellout crowd of 25,000 at the Rectangular Stadium, dressed predominantly in Australia’s green and gold colors, ...