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Marcello Lippi returning for second stint as China head coach

Soccer May 24, 2019

Marcello Lippi returning for second stint as China head coach

Marcello Lippi is set to return for a second stint in charge of China's national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup with qualification starting in September. The Chinese Football Association announced Friday that the 71-year-old Lippi, who guided Italy ...

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup

Soccer May 23, 2019

FIFA keeps 32 teams for 2022 World Cup

FIFA scrapped plans to expand the 2022 Qatar World Cup to 48 nations, deciding Wednesday to stick with 32 countries due to the political and logistical complexities of using another Persian Gulf nation. FIFA President Gianni Infantino's hopes of expanding the Middle East's first World ...

J2 side Nagasaki reaches Levain Cup playoff round

Soccer / J. League May 22, 2019

J2 side Nagasaki reaches Levain Cup playoff round

Yu Hasegawa scored the winner and Yuki Omoto added another in second-half injury time as second-division V-Varen Nagasaki booked a spot in the Levain Cup playoff round with a 3-2 win over J1 side Yokohama F Marinos on Wednesday. V-Varen, back in the second division ...

Hiroshima spoils Keisuke Honda's Victory farewell

Soccer May 22, 2019

Hiroshima spoils Keisuke Honda's Victory farewell

Yusuke Minagawa scored the 73rd-minute winner on Wednesday as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Keisuke Honda's Melbourne Victory 3-1 in the final group round of the Asian Champions League. Honda, a longtime star with the Japan national team, confirmed Tuesday that the game would be his last ...