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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 fall to a defeat against Chelsea ...

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 ...

Donovan takes final U.S. bow

Oct 11, 2014

Donovan takes final U.S. bow

He had come oh-so-close to scoring during his national team farewell, listened to fans repeatedly serenade him with his name, accepted presents and exchanged hugs. And then, when he stood on the field at the end and watched some of the many highlights of ...

Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Oct 11, 2014

Concussed Kagawa to miss Brazil friendly

Shinji Kagawa will not travel to Singapore for Japan’s friendly against Brazil after showing symptoms of a concussion, the Japan Football Association said following Friday’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica. Kagawa was taken to the hospital where he was to undergo detailed tests. The team ...

Japan tops Jamaica for first victory under Aguirre

Oct 10, 2014

Japan tops Jamaica for first victory under Aguirre

Javier Aguirre won his first game as Japan manager but in a less than impressive 1-0 victory over Jamaica in a friendly on Friday. Wasteful Japan was comfortably the better side but only reached the scoreboard through an early Nyron Nosworthy own goal on ...

North Korea beats Japan in women's final

| Oct 2, 2014

North Korea beats Japan in women's final

Nadeshiko Japan failed to retain the Asian Games title as Norio Sasaki’s side was beaten 3-1 by a tenacious North Korean team in the final on Wednesday. Kim Yun-mi, Ra Un-sim and Ho Un-byol struck for North Korea, which outhustled and outmuscled the world ...

Aguirre calls up Kagawa, Havenaar

Oct 1, 2014

Aguirre calls up Kagawa, Havenaar

Japan coach Javier Aguirre called up Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Cordoba striker Mike Havenaar as the Mexican named a 23-man squad for upcoming Asian Cup warmups against Jamaica and Brazil. Aguirre also selected three uncapped players — Gen Shoji, Tsukasa Shiotani and Yu ...

Matic leads Chelsea past Sporting

Oct 1, 2014

Matic leads Chelsea past Sporting

Nemanja Matic gave Chelsea its first Champions League win of the season with a first-half goal securing a 1-0 victory at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday. A Cesc Fabregas free kick from the left in the 34th minute floated over the Sporting defense to the ...