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U.S. coach Bruce Arena steps down

Oct 14, 2017

U.S. coach Bruce Arena steps down

Bruce Arena quickly resigned as U.S. coach after the Americans' failure to qualify for the World Cup. But U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati is staying around, at least for now. Arena quit Friday, three days after the ruinous 2-1 loss at 99th-ranked Trinidad and ...

Oct 13, 2017

Japan, Belgium schedule friendly for Nov. 14

The Japan men's national team's friendly against Belgium, scheduled for Nov. 14, will take place in Bruges, Belgium, the Japan Football Association announced Friday. Japan, 40th in the FIFA rankings, has two wins and two draws against fifth-ranked Belgium. Japan won 3-2 in their previous ...

Hajime Moriyasu hired to lead Japan U-23 men's team

Oct 12, 2017

Hajime Moriyasu hired to lead Japan U-23 men's team

The Japan Football Association's executive committee on Thursday appointed Hajime Moriyasu as coach of the Japan men's team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Moriyasu, who won three J. League titles with Sanfrecce Hiroshima (2012, 2013 and 2015), resigned in July as the club flirted with ...

Hasebe resumes full training with Frankfurt

Oct 11, 2017

Hasebe resumes full training with Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Makoto Hasebe, who has been sidelined with pain in his right knee, made his full return to training, the German first-division club said on its official website Tuesday. Hasebe missed his club's game against Stuttgart on Sept. 30 after playing the full ...

Messi hat trick punches Argentina's World Cup ticket

/ Oct 11, 2017

Messi hat trick punches Argentina's World Cup ticket

When it really mattered and when the pressure was most intense, Lionel Messi delivered for Argentina. On the brink of being eliminated from World Cup qualifying for the first time in almost five decades, Messi scored all three goals in Argentina's comeback 3-1 victory Tuesday ...

Iceland qualifies for 2018 World Cup

Oct 10, 2017

Iceland qualifies for 2018 World Cup

The Icelandic thunderclap is making its way to Russia. Iceland added to its incredible European Championship campaign by becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup on Monday. That means the Viking chant popularized by Iceland fans at Euro 2016 will be ...

/ Oct 9, 2017

UAE official urges Qatar to give up World Cup to end crisis

A top Emirati security official says the Qatar diplomatic crisis can end if Doha gives up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the first time someone from the four Arab nations boycotting the country directly linked the tournament to resolving the monthslong dispute. While Dubai ...

Cerezo, Frontale advance to J. League Cup final

/ Oct 8, 2017

Cerezo, Frontale advance to J. League Cup final

Yasuki Kimoto scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Cerezo Osaka edged local rivals Gamba Osaka 2-1 on Sunday to reach their first J. League Cup final. Cerezo went through 4-3 on aggregate and will face Kawasaki Frontale in the Nov. 4 final at Saitama Stadium. ...

'King Kazu' wants to continue reign

/ Oct 8, 2017

'King Kazu' wants to continue reign

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Fifty-year-old soccer legend Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire any time soon, even joking that the day he stops will be "the day I die." "I'm planning to play next year," Miura told The Japan Times ahead of Yokohama FC's second-division game ...