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Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Jul 19, 2014

Reds resume winning ways as J. League returns from break

Urawa Reds scraped a 1-0 win over visiting Albirex Niigata as top-flight action in the J. League resumed in full on Saturday after a two-month break for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Topping the table heading into the summer recess, Reds were the ...

Jul 19, 2014

Mourinho aims barb at Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has taunted Arsenal by claiming he needed just 20 minutes to persuade Cesc Fabregas to join Chelsea because the former Gunners midfielder didn’t want to return to his old club. Mourinho signed Fabregas from Barcelona for £27 million ($46 million) earlier in ...

Jul 18, 2014

Defender Ferdinand signs deal with QPR

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is staying in the English Premier League after joining Queens Park Rangers on Thursday. The 35-year-old Ferdinand signed a one-year contract with the London club to be reunited with Harry Redknapp, his first manager at West Ham. The ...

Van Gaal jets in, starts work at Man United

Jul 17, 2014

Van Gaal jets in, starts work at Man United

Louis van Gaal started a new era at Manchester United on Wednesday as the Dutch manager arrived for his first day in charge of the fallen giants. Just days after securing a third-place finish for the Netherlands at the World Cup, van Gaal jetted ...

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Jul 15, 2014

Maradona says Messi didn't deserve Golden Ball

Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona said compatriot Lionel Messi did not deserve to be named best player of the World Cup, arguing it should have gone to Colombia’s James Rodriguez. “I would give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just ...

Germans savor return to soccer summit

Jul 14, 2014

Germans savor return to soccer summit

United they stand, right at the top of the football world. And right on South American soil. Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II ...

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Jul 14, 2014

Tournament finishes on sour note for Messi

Lionel Messi’s final act in the 2014 World Cup was lifting a free kick high over the bar, wasting Argentina’s last chance to equalize in the final against Germany. It was far from a fitting finish for the four-time world player of the year. ...

Germany wins World Cup

Jul 14, 2014

Germany wins World Cup

Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn’t muster. With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany’s 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among the ...

Jul 14, 2014

Brazil parting ways with Scolari

will not renew national team manager Luiz Felipe Scolari’s contact, local media reported early Monday, just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup. Scolari said that he would let the CBF decide his fate after his team lost the game ...

Jul 13, 2014

JEF United Chiba reach Emperor's Cup third round

Forward Takayuki Morimoto scored a brace as JEF United Chiba downed AC Nagano Parceiro 3-2 in newly appointed J. League second-division club manager Takashi Sekizuka’s first match in the second round of the Emperor’s Cup on Sunday. J1 clubs Sagan Tosu and Albirex Niigata ...