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Reysol trounce Binh Duong in Asian Champions League

Kashiwa Reysol produced the J. League’s first win of the Asian Champions League this season with a 5-1 rout of Vietnamese champion Binh Duong on Tuesday. Former Japan forward Masato Kudo led the way with a brace that earned him man-of-the-match honors for Reysol, who went top of Group E ...

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Mar 2, 2015

Osim warns Halilhodzic must 'become Japanese' to succeed

Former Japan coach Ivica Osim said fellow Bosnian and new managerial candidate Vahid Halilhodzic must “become Japanese” if the former Algeria boss is to succeed. Osim, who managed Japan from 2006 to 2007 before a near fatal stroke forced him to step down, served ...

Chelsea wins  League Cup

Mar 2, 2015

Chelsea wins League Cup

The longest title drought of Jose Mourinho’s managerial career ended, and the prospects of League Cup glory being followed by Premier League glory also improved on Sunday. Before Premier League leader Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 in the first final of the English season, second-place ...

Mar 2, 2015

JFA-Halilhodzic talks progressing

Japan Football Association president Kuniya Daini said Sunday that talks with national coach candidate Vahid Halilhodzic are moving forward and he expects the Bosnian to be signed by March 12. Speaking en route to the CONMEBOL Congress in Asuncion, Daini said he was briefed ...

Rooney nets pair as Man United gets controversial victory

Mar 1, 2015

Rooney nets pair as Man United gets controversial victory

Manchester United rode its luck Saturday as England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 2-0 win against struggling 10-man Sunderland, but his success was overshadowed by another refereeing controversy in the Premier League. One week on from the fury at Chelsea’s home clash ...

Feb 28, 2015

JFA to offer Japan job to Halilhodzic

The Japan Football Association will make a formal offer to former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, a source confirmed on Friday. In order to conduct formal negotiations with Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, JFA ...

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

Feb 28, 2015

Gamba blank Reds to usher in season

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka added another title to their bulging collection with a 2-0 win over Urawa Reds in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Gamba won the J. League title, Nabisco Cup and Emperor’s Cup for a remarkable treble last season, meaning last year’s ...

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Feb 27, 2015

Reds, Gamba to renew rivalry in Fuji Xerox Super Cup

Urawa Reds will have revenge on their minds when they resume their bitter rivalry with treble winners Gamba Osaka on Saturday in the Fuji Xerox Super Cup, the curtain raiser for the new J. League season. Urawa spurned the chance to win the J. ...

Ex-Algeria coach Halilhodzic to be offered Japan job: source

Feb 27, 2015

Ex-Algeria coach Halilhodzic to be offered Japan job: source

The Japan Football Association will make a formal offer to former Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic, a source confirmed on Friday. In order to conduct formal negotiations with Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Brazil, JFA ...

Feb 26, 2015

'King Kazu' not considering retirement

Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura insisted he had no plans to slink off into retirement as he turned 48 on Thursday, ahead of his 30th year as a professional soccer player. Dressed in a dapper wine-red suit as he celebrated his birthday with ...

Wenger rips players after Arsenal falls to Monaco at home

Feb 26, 2015

Wenger rips players after Arsenal falls to Monaco at home

Arsene Wenger slammed his Arsenal flops as naive and suicidal after their defensive meltdown allowed Monaco to clinch a stunning 3-1 win in the Champions League last 16 first leg. Wenger’s side was widely expected to see off the French club and advance to ...