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Sep 2, 2015

Socceroos coach backtracks on pay row comments

Coach Ange Postecoglou has retracted comments saying a pay dispute between Football Federation Australia and players was affecting Australia’s preparations for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh. Australian players boycotted commercial appearances in Perth this week because of an impasse between Professional Footballers Australia ...

De Gea in limbo after Madrid paperwork arrives too late

Sep 1, 2015

De Gea in limbo after Madrid paperwork arrives too late

Manchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David De Gea was facing an uncertain future on Tuesday after his expected move to Real Madrid was apparently scuppered when the paperwork did not arrive at the Spanish League on time. As the clock ticked towards the midnight deadline ...

Manchester United set to sign Martial on hectic transfer day

Sep 1, 2015

Manchester United set to sign Martial on hectic transfer day

Manchester United was set to make French forward Anthony Martial the most expensive teenager in world soccer after a chaotic day of transfer dealings at Old Trafford that also saw Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj offloaded. The French Football Federation said Monday that Martial, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Makino sidelined by groin injury

Urawa Reds defender Tomoaki Makino has pulled out of Japan’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan due to a right groin injury, the Japan Football Association announced on Monday. Makino has been replaced by FC Tokyo’s Yuichi Maruyama, who received his first ...

Aug 31, 2015

Nagatomo not leaving Inter Milan: source

Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo is staying put at Inter Milan, a source at the Serie A club said on Sunday. The 28-year-old fullback, who has been called up for Japan’s World Cup qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan on Sept. 3 and 8, respectively, was ...

Aug 31, 2015

Swansea stuns previously unbeaten United

Manchester United’s early-season problems at both ends of the pitch were exposed in a 2-1 loss at Swansea on Sunday that ended its unbeaten start in the Premier League. On the day Manchester City spent more than £50 million ($77 million) on another attacking ...

Reysol squander lead to draw with Ventforet

Aug 30, 2015

Reysol squander lead to draw with Ventforet

A tough own goal by Kashiwa goalkeeper Takanori Sugeno gifted Ventforet Kofu a point as Reysol were held to a 2-2 draw in the J. League on Sunday. Tatsuma Yoshida’s men missed an excellent opportunity to cook up the pressure on second-stage leaders Kashima ...

Aug 30, 2015

Nagatomo linked with Leicester move

Leicester City is attempting to sign a second Japanese player in Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagatomo, The Sunday Times reported. Leicester, who added Japan international Shinji Okazaki to its payroll over the summer, has agreed to a fee of £3 million for the 28-year-old ...

Muto opens Mainz account with two-goal salvo

Aug 30, 2015

Muto opens Mainz account with two-goal salvo

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored his first two goals in Europe with a brace in Mainz’s 3-0 win over Hannover on Saturday. Muto opened his Bundesliga account in the 15th minute, when he struck off the far post on his first touch after being ...

Antlers notch three second-half goals to bury Frontale

Aug 29, 2015

Antlers notch three second-half goals to bury Frontale

Kashima Antlers stayed on top of the J. League second-stage table after a 3-1 away win to Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Second-half goals from Caio, Mu Kanazaki and Shuhei Akasaki pushed Kashima on to 22 points from nine games as Antlers remained perfect under ...

Kagawa strikes twice as Dortmund cruises

Aug 28, 2015

Kagawa strikes twice as Dortmund cruises

Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa scored twice and Marco Reus hit a hat trick as Borussia Dortmund hammered Norway’s Odd Grenland 7-2 to qualify for the Europa League with an 11-5 aggregate win on Thursday night. Ole Jorgen Halvorsen headed Odds in front against the ...