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Dec 8, 2016

Police open inquiry into child sex abuse at London clubs

British police said they had launched an investigation into allegations of historical child sex crimes at London soccer clubs following a wave of reports from former players that they had been abused as youngsters. Last week, police said about 350 victims had come forward ...

Dec 8, 2016

48-team World Cup proposal receives big support

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a proposal to expand the World Cup finals to 48 teams, with 16 groups of three teams, received enthusiastic backing at a meeting of national federations on Thursday. That model, along with an alternative 48-team format and a 40-team ...

Sevilla, Porto secure last two CL berths

Dec 8, 2016

Sevilla, Porto secure last two CL berths

Sevilla and FC Porto grabbed the final two spots in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Juventus and Borussia Dortmund finished up with the debatable advantage of being group winners. A team that finishes top of its group will be ...

Dec 7, 2016

Gamba's Ideguchi named J. League's top rookie

Gamba Osaka midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi was named the J. League’s Best Young Player of the season Wednesday. The 20-year-old Ideguchi is the second Gamba player to win the honor after Takashi Usami in 2010. Ideguchi also won the New Hero Award of the Levain ...

Dec 7, 2016

Reds sign Silva, Onaiwu

Urawa Reds are wasting no time retooling for next season, announcing the signings of forwards Rafael Silva and Ado Onaiwu on Wednesday. Despite finishing at the top of the overall table, Urawa again missed out on the J. League championship, losing to Kashima Antlers ...

Dec 6, 2016

Blatter loses appeal of six-year ban

Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a six-year ban by FIFA. Blatter said in a statement Monday it is “difficult” to accept but that “the way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected.” The ...

Antlers manager Ishii eyes Club World Cup final berth

Dec 5, 2016

Antlers manager Ishii eyes Club World Cup final berth

The manager of new J. League champions Kashima Antlers, Masatada Ishii, has turned his attention from Saturday’s championship final to the Club World Cup, starting Thursday when they take on Oceanian champions Auckland City of New Zealand in the first round. “We want to ...

Cerezo appoint Yoon as new manager

Dec 5, 2016

Cerezo appoint Yoon as new manager

Cerezo Osaka appointed their former player Yoon Jong-hwan as the new manager on Monday, a day after winning promotion back to the J. League first division next season. Cerezo, who finished the J2 season fourth this year before winning a four-way playoff to return ...

Errors cost Liverpool, United points

Dec 5, 2016

Errors cost Liverpool, United points

Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began on Sunday. Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool wasted a chance to return to second place in the table, a point behind Chelsea, ...

Cerezo beat Fagiano in playoff final to seal return to J1

Dec 4, 2016

Cerezo beat Fagiano in playoff final to seal return to J1

Cerezo Osaka sealed their return to Japanese soccer’s top flight Sunday after defeating Fagiano Okayama 1-0 in the J. League promotion playoff final. Shohei Kiyohara got the winner at a pouring-wet Kincho Stadium, scrambling home from a meter out in the 52nd minute after ...