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Jan 12, 2017

Antlers to face FC Tokyo in season opener

The reigning champion Kashima Antlers will open the upcoming soccer season at home against FC Tokyo next month, the J. League announced on Thursday. The Antlers, who were runners-up to Real Madrid in December’s Club World Cup held in Japan, will start the new ...

Southampton edges Liverpool in first leg

Jan 12, 2017

Southampton edges Liverpool in first leg

Southampton moved one step closer to the League Cup final as Nathan Redmond’s cool finish secured a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg of their semifinal on Wednesday. Claude Puel’s side went in front through Redmond’s strike in the first half at ...

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Jan 11, 2017

Evergreen Miura extends Yokohama FC contract

Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest active player in the J. League at 49, has renewed his contract with Yokohama FC for this season, the second-division club said Wednesday. “I hope to keep fighting with all my might together with people involved with ...

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

Jan 11, 2017

Asia eyes extra slots in bigger World Cup

The Asian Football Confederation said Wednesday that the continent deserves to be among the chief recipients of extra World Cup places following FIFA’s decision to expand the event to 48 teams. All confederations will be eager to capture as many as possible of the ...

United eases past Hull in first leg of semifinal

Jan 11, 2017

United eases past Hull in first leg of semifinal

Manchester United closed in on the final of the English League Cup by beating injury-hit Hull 2-0 in the first leg of their semifinal thanks to second-half goals by Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini on Tuesday. Mata put United on course for a ninth ...

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

Jan 10, 2017

FIFA approves 48-team World Cup for 2026

FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy. Soccer’s governing body said on its Twitter feed ...

Former Paraguayan striker Cabanas dies

Jan 10, 2017

Former Paraguayan striker Cabanas dies

Roberto Cabanas, who was a top striker for various clubs and Paraguay, died on Monday. He was 55. Valerio Cabanas, the brother of the deceased, said the cause of death was a heart attack. Cabanas played for local club Cerro Porteno, was a member ...

Jan 10, 2017

Ex-Nadeshiko star Sawa gives birth to girl

Homare Sawa, a former soccer player who was the 2011 Women’s World Cup MVP and top scorer, has given birth to a baby girl, her first child, her agent said Tuesday. “The moment I heard my daughter giving her first cry, I was filled ...

Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award a fourth time

Jan 10, 2017

Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award a fourth time

Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday. The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual ...

Jan 9, 2017

Halilhodzic backs 48-team World Cup

Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic gave his approval to expanding the World Cup from its current 32-team format to 40 or 48 teams as FIFA prepares to discuss the idea during its board meeting on Tuesday. “Soccer is steadily being played at a higher level ...

Aomori Yamada hammers Maebashi Ikuei to claim first high school title

Jan 9, 2017

Aomori Yamada hammers Maebashi Ikuei to claim first high school title

Aomori Yamada High School won its first national high school championship on Monday after demolishing Maebashi Ikuei 5-0 at Saitama Stadium. Top-scorer Akito Narumi had a quick-fire brace in the second half for the representative from Aomori against its Gunma counterpart, which was also ...