Apr 12, 2014

UEFA: Courtois free to face Chelsea

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be free to face his parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, UEFA claimed Friday. European soccer’s governing body said that any provision in Courtois’ loan agreement preventing his participation is against the competition’s rules. “Both the ...

Apr 10, 2014

Zaccheroni set for final European scouting trip

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has departed for his final European scouting trip ahead of next month’s World Cup squad announcement, saying he will take a hard look at the players who are on the borderline. This weekend, Zaccheroni, who will name his 23 for ...

Apr 5, 2014

Japan Under-17s take women's title

Japan beat Spain 2-0 in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup final on Friday for the nation’s second title in a FIFA competition. Meika Nishida’s fifth-minute goal set the Little Nadeshiko on their way before Fuka Kono doubled Japan’s lead in the 78th minute in ...

Apr 4, 2014

Belgium's Benteke out of World Cup

Belgium striker Christian Benteke was ruled out of the World Cup after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training with English Premier League team Aston Villa on Thursday. Benteke will undergo surgery and “will be out for a minimum of six months,” Villa said in ...

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Dec 7, 2013

Japan to contend with solid trio at World Cup

Japan will play Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire and Greece in a relatively even Group C at next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Asian champion Japan, which made the round of 16 for the first time on foreign turf in 2010 at South Africa, will ...

Dec 4, 2013

Japan assigned to Pot 3 for World Cup draw

Japan will be in Pot 3 for Friday’s draw for the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, FIFA announced on Tuesday. Pot 3 is made up of the teams from Asia and the CONCACAF North and Central America zone: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, ...

Mar 15, 2013

U.S. women capture Algarve Cup

The United States has won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the ninth time, beating Germany 2-0 in Wednesday’s final. Alex Morgan scored both goals in the first half as the American women won their first significant tournament under new coach Tom Sermanni, who took ...