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V-Varen Nagasaki promoted to J1 for first time

/ Nov 11, 2017

V-Varen Nagasaki promoted to J1 for first time

V-Varen Nagasaki earned promotion to the J. League's first division for the first time on Saturday. V-Varen, competing in the J2 since 2013, sealed a second-place spot in the league with a 3-1 home win over Katamare Sanuki behind goals from Daichi Inui, Yusuke Maeda ...

New Zealand, Peru settle for 0-0 draw

Nov 11, 2017

New Zealand, Peru settle for 0-0 draw

Oceania champion New Zealand held Peru to a 0-0 draw Saturday in the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup playoff that will decide the final qualifier for Russia next year. The teams will head to Lima next week for the second leg with the ...

Brazil rolls by Japan in tune-up

Nov 11, 2017

Brazil rolls by Japan in tune-up

Tomoaki Makino netted a goal against Brazil on Friday but Japan succumbed 3-1 to the South American powerhouse in an international friendly, as both teams continued their preparations for next year's World Cup soccer finals. Brazil, ranked No. 2 in the world rankings, dominated the ...

Switzerland, Croatia take control in playoffs

Nov 10, 2017

Switzerland, Croatia take control in playoffs

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill said he was "staggered and bewildered" by a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland a 1-0 win in their World Cup playoff first leg on Thursday. Vladimir Petkovic's Switzerland team dominated the match at a rain-swept Belfast but squandered a ...

Keisuke Honda helps Pachuca advance to Copa MX semifinals

Nov 9, 2017

Keisuke Honda helps Pachuca advance to Copa MX semifinals

Midfielder Keisuke Honda scored four minutes before the break as fifth-seeded Pachuca trounced No. 13 seed Xolos de Tijuana 4-0 in a Copa MX quarterfinal on Wednesday. Midfielder Victor Guzman collected a brace and goals from Honda and Franco Jara sent the fans at Estadio ...

Struggling West Ham fires Slaven Bilic; David Moyes taking over

Nov 7, 2017

Struggling West Ham fires Slaven Bilic; David Moyes taking over

West Ham fired manager Slaven Bilic on Monday following the team's slide into the English Premier League relegation zone and handed David Moyes the opportunity to rebuild his coaching reputation as the successor early Tuesday. Bilic was under pressure for weeks and acknowledged it was ...

Nov 7, 2017

Technical director Michael Emenalo leaves Chelsea

One of the key confidants of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich quit the reigning Premier League champion for family reasons on Monday. Michael Emenalo spent 10 years at Chelsea, joining as a scout before becoming the assistant coach of the first team and more recently the ...

West Ham fires manager Slaven Bilic

Nov 6, 2017

West Ham fires manager Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic was fired as manager of West Ham on Monday after the team dropped into the Premier League's relegation zone following another big loss. Bilic acknowledged his position was precarious after the 4-1 home loss against Liverpool on Saturday. "A change is now necessary in ...

Takumi Minamino bags double for Red Bull Salzburg

Nov 6, 2017

Takumi Minamino bags double for Red Bull Salzburg

Takumi Minamino scored a brace Sunday, including his first goal since the opening match of the season in July, as he helped Austrian Bundesliga champion Red Bull Salzburg to a 3-1 win away at SKN St. Polten. After St. Polten took a 1-0 lead on ...

City beats Arsenal to move eight points clear

Nov 6, 2017

City beats Arsenal to move eight points clear

Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it's getting even more challenging. Pep Guardiola's side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday, while second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham trails United on goal ...