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Japan cruises past South Africa in Olympic warmup

Japan thrashed South Africa 4-1 in its Rio Olympic send-off led by a first-half brace by Shoya Nakajima on Wednesday. South Africa’s Gift Motupa opened the scoring with a penalty midway through the first half, but Japan hit back with three goals, two of them by Nakajima, in the last ...

Jun 30, 2016

Puel named Southampton manager

Southampton has appointed former Nice and Lyon boss Claude Puel as its new manager on a three-year contract, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 54-year-old, who arrived at Nice in July 2012 on an initial three-year deal, led it to a fourth-placed ...

Jun 30, 2016

Japan, Oman to stage November friendly at Kashima Stadium

Japan will play at Oman in a friendly at Kashima Stadium on Nov. 11, the Japan Football Association announced Thursday. The game will serve as a warm-up for Japan’s Group B meeting with Saudi Arabia in Saitama four days later in the final round ...

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Jun 29, 2016

Asano gets offer from Arsenal

Sanfrecce Hiroshima’s Japan striker Takuma Asano has received an offer from Premier League giant Arsenal, sources told Kyodo News on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Asano, who on Friday is widely expected to be named to Makoto Teguramori’s Under-23 squad for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro ...

'Fragile' Hodgson faces music after Iceland debacle

Jun 29, 2016

'Fragile' Hodgson faces music after Iceland debacle

The day after the night before, the confusion and pain from the seismic defeat that cost Roy Hodgson his job as manager of England was still written large on his craggy face. But, to his credit, Hodgson didn’t hide away. Feeling “very fragile,” Hodgson ...

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Jun 28, 2016

Teguramori issues challenge to players before South Africa match

Japan’s Rio Olympic coach Makoto Teguramori urged his team to give him a selection headache with one, final captivating home performance against South Africa on Wednesday. Ahead of Friday’s announcement of Japan’s 18 for the Summer Games, Teguramori said Tuesday he expects to see ...

Jun 28, 2016

Argentines beg Messi not to end international career

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country’s President Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi on Monday not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat. The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in ...

Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Jun 28, 2016

Iceland scores epic victory over England in shocker

Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday, continuing the astonishing run of the smallest nation at the tournament. England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation ...

Messi says career with national team is over

Jun 27, 2016

Messi says career with national team is over

Lionel Messi says he’s quitting Argentina’s national team. Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night. His nation’s captain and career scoring leader ...

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

Jun 27, 2016

Chile repeats as Copa America champion

La Roja edges Argentina in penalty shootoutLionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina’s national team. Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile’s shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina ...

Griezmann scores twice as France advances to quarterfinals

Jun 27, 2016

Griezmann scores twice as France advances to quarterfinals

France, Germany and Belgium secured places in the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Sunday as three of the pre-tournament favorites lived up to their promise. There was a scare for the host nation after Ireland scored a second minute penalty, but Antoine Griezmann ...

Jun 26, 2016

Endo to miss Japan's Rio send-off against South Africa

Japan Under-23 captain Wataru Endo is set to miss the team’s last home game before the Rio Olympics against South Africa in Nagano Prefecture on Wednesday due to an elbow injury. The Urawa Reds defender damaged ligaments in his left elbow in Reds’ 3-1 ...

Trio advance after drab encounters

Jun 26, 2016

Trio advance after drab encounters

The quarterfinal lineup at the European Championship started to take shape on Saturday after three drab matches that will live forever in the record books but not in the memory. The start of the round of 16 saw Poland, Portugal and Wales make it ...