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Japan's Olympic team falls against England

Japan’s already eliminated Under-23s finished the Toulon Tournament on a losing note Friday after going down 1-0 against England’s U-21s in their final Group B game. Chelsea’s Lewis Baker put England in front from the penalty spot on 15 minutes after Hiromu Mitsumaru brought down John Swift inside the box. ...

May 27, 2016

Longtime soccer coach Dumitru dies at 76

Ted Dumitru, the former South African national soccer team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday. He was 76. The death of the Romania-born Dumitru was announced by the South African ...

May 27, 2016

Vissel Kobe's Iwanami sidelined with knee injury

Japan Under-23 defender Takuya Iwanami has been ruled out for six weeks after suffering a left-knee injury during the Toulon Tournament, his club Vissel Kobe announced Friday. The center-half came off on the half hour in Japan’s 2-1 loss to Paraguay on Saturday. On ...

Mourinho returns to spotlight as Manchester United manager

May 27, 2016

Mourinho returns to spotlight as Manchester United manager

Manchester United on Friday anointed Jose Mourinho as its new manager to launch a third bid in less than three years to transform the Red Devils into a title-winning force again. After three days of talks, Mourinho agreed a three-year contract on a bumper ...

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

May 27, 2016

Kumagai penalty helps secure Champions League title for Lyon

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai helped Olympique Lyonnais capture their third Champions League title on Thursday after she put in a player-of-the-match performance and converted the final spot kick to clinch a 4-3 shootout victory against Wolfsburg following a 1-1 draw. Kumagai, who scored ...

May 27, 2016

Manchester United stays mum on Mourinho

Manchester United is not commenting on a report that Jose Mourinho has signed a contract to become the club’s new manager. British broadcaster Sky Sports said Thursday that Mourinho has been appointed by United. The club hasn’t announced the deal. Former United defender Rio ...

May 27, 2016

Kaka named to Brazil's Copa America squad

Brazil has called on Kaka as a late addition for next month’s Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday. The Orlando City midfielder will replace Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, who was cut from the squad because of ...

Zidane thanks lucky stars for spot in CL final

May 27, 2016

Zidane thanks lucky stars for spot in CL final

Zinedine Zidane couldn’t have asked for much more after only five months as Real Madrid’s head coach. The former France great has a chance to end the season celebrating the Champions League title, just like he did 14 years ago as a player for ...

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

May 26, 2016

Halilhodzic names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic picked Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki in a 25-man squad for the upcoming Kirin Cup on Thursday. First-team regulars Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda were also selected, while there were first call-ups for Kawasaki Frontale’s under-23 ...

May 26, 2016

Former Shimizu boss Ghotbi says future 'bright' for Thai soccer

Former Shimizu S-Pulse and Iran manager Afshin Ghotbi, named new coach of Buriram United on Tuesday, believes Thai soccer is on the rise and gaining on Asia’s two premier leagues, the J. League and K-League. “Both K-League and J. League have a longer history ...

May 26, 2016

Japan ousted at Toulon Tournament

Japan’s Rio Olympic Under-23s’ elimination at the Toulon Tournament was sealed on Wednesday, despite a 2-1 win over Guinea in Group B. First-half goals from Cayman Togashi and Takumi Minamino secured Japan its first three points of the tournament, but it was too little, ...

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

May 26, 2016

FC Seoul eliminates Urawa on penalty kicks

Urawa Reds mounted a remarkable extra-time comeback against FC Seoul but conceded a last-minute equalizer for a 3-3 draw on aggregate, and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League on penalties 7-6 on Wednesday in a frenetic round-of-16 encounter. Holding a 1-0 lead ...