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Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

/ Aug 28, 2017

Honda hoping to be World Cup hero against Australia again

Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is hoping he gets the chance to produce more heroics against Australia when the Samurai Blue take on the Socceroos in Thursday's crucial World Cup qualifier at Saitama Stadium. The 31-year-old Honda secured Japan's berth at the 2014 World Cup finals ...

Liverpool thrashes Arsenal; Burnley holds Spurs to draw

Aug 28, 2017

Liverpool thrashes Arsenal; Burnley holds Spurs to draw

Liverpool delivered a clear statement of its attacking potency by crushing Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday as Tottenham Hotspur's Wembley worries continued in a 1-1 draw with Burnley. Champion Chelsea picked up a second successive victory with a 2-0 win over Everton and unbeaten ...

Inter Milan's Nagatomo limps off pitch with hamstring pain

Aug 27, 2017

Inter Milan's Nagatomo limps off pitch with hamstring pain

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic could be in for a selection headache for the World Cup qualifier against Australia after defender Yuto Nagatomo asked for his own substitution in Inter Milan's 3-1 win at Roma on Saturday. Nagatomo, who has been called up for Thursday's Australia ...

United continues impressive start with win

Aug 27, 2017

United continues impressive start with win

Three wins out of three for Manchester United, just like the start of last season. No wonder Jose Mourinho is so restrained this time around. Instead of the fast start laying the foundations for an English Premier League title challenge, United faded after its trio ...

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

/ Aug 25, 2017

Frontale give up appeal against controversial flag punishment

Kawasaki Frontale will not file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over being disciplined over a controversial wartime Japanese flag, the J. League first-division side said Friday. The club's decision means accepting the Asian Football Confederation's ruling: a $15,000 fine and one ...

Ibrahimovic back with Manchester United

Aug 25, 2017

Ibrahimovic back with Manchester United

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has unfinished business at Manchester United. The Swedish striker signed another one-year deal with United on Thursday, returning to the English club that released him during the summer while he recovered from a serious right knee injury. "I am back to finish what I ...

Yoshida signs new three-year Southampton contract

Aug 25, 2017

Yoshida signs new three-year Southampton contract

Japan defender Maya Yoshida signed a new three-year contract with Southampton on Thursday that ties him to the Premier League club until 2020. Yoshida has been an important part of the club's progress since he arrived at St Mary's in 2012 and the new deal ...

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Aug 24, 2017

Halilhodzic names 27-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Keisuke Honda is among 27 players named to Japan's squad for crucial World Cup qualifiers against Australia and Saudi Arabia. Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic will be counting on the experience of the veteran midfielder who scored in his debut for Mexican club Pachuca on Tuesday. Other ...

England record-holder Rooney abruptly ends international career

Aug 24, 2017

England record-holder Rooney abruptly ends international career

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney retired from international soccer on Wednesday after spurning an offer to return to the squad. "I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a statement. "I will always remain a passionate England fan." A return ...