Soccer Topics

Nov 13, 2014

Sanfrecce's Sato makes shortlist for FIFA goal of year award

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Hisato Sato was named as a candidate to win FIFA’s Puskas Award for the world’s best goal this past year. Sato joins World Cup sensation James Rodriguez of Columbia and the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie on the 10-man shortlist. Sato was ...

Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Nov 12, 2014

Qatar sports minister lashes out at World Cup critics

Qatar’s sports minister says the 2022 World Cup will set a benchmark of excellence that will be “almost impossible to beat” and promised in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that the Gulf nation will implement labor reforms in the next few months. ...

Phoenix tops Golden State

Nov 10, 2014

Phoenix tops Golden State

The Phoenix Suns didn’t do much different to defend the high-flying Golden State Warriors in the second half Sunday night. They just stuck with their effective bench play and let the Klay Thompson-less Warriors get tired and make mistakes in a fourth quarter that ...

Nov 1, 2014

Neymar to play at Rio Games in 2016

Brazil captain Neymar will be part of the home nation’s Olympic soccer squad at the Rio Games in 2016, the team’s coach, Alexandre Gallo, said Friday. “I’ll be calling up three players over 23, well, two in fact, as one of those will be ...

Rooney fit to play in derby

Nov 1, 2014

Rooney fit to play in derby

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby on Sunday, manager Louis van Gaal said on Friday. However, Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the clash with reigning Premier League champion Manchester City. Van Gaal dismissed reports England ...

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Oct 27, 2014

Van Gaal slams 'stupid' Van Persie for booking

Louis van Gaal labeled compatriot Robin van Persie “stupid” after his celebrations in scoring a dramatic late equalizer for Manchester United in its 1-1 draw at home to Premier League leader Chelsea saw the experienced Dutch striker booked. Van Gaal looked on course to ...

Oct 25, 2014

Kawasumi stunned by nomination

Nadeshiko Japan striker Nahomi Kawasumi was shocked by her nomination for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award on Friday. Japan captain Aya Miyama was also in the shortlist of 10, with Norio Sasaki being nominated for the World Coach of the Year ...

Milan embraces red-hot Honda

Oct 20, 2014

Milan embraces red-hot Honda

Keisuke Honda was finally being feted by a resurgent AC Milan after a brace of goals in a 3-1 win away to Verona reassured club bosses they had not mistakenly signed the player’s brother. The Japan international now appears to have drawn a firm ...

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Oct 15, 2014

Violence halts Euro qualifier

Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson ...

Neymar's four goals overwhelm Japan

Oct 14, 2014

Neymar's four goals overwhelm Japan

Neymar stole the show with all four goals as Brazil thrashed Japan 4-0 in a friendly in Singapore on Tuesday night to extend its perfect start under coach Dunga to four matches. Japan had not beaten Brazil in any of their previous 10 meetings ...

England squeezes past Estonia; Costa opens account

Oct 13, 2014

England squeezes past Estonia; Costa opens account

Wayne Rooney scored his 43rd international goal as England beat Estonia 1-0 to preserve its perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record on Sunday while Chelsea striker Diego Costa finally opened his Spain account. Even after Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan was sent off for a second ...