TOKYO (AP) — Serginho scored his first goal of the season on Sunday as Kashima Antlers beat struggling Vissel Kobe 1-0 in the J-League.
The Brazilian forward scored on a volley in the 17th...
Iniesta confident Japanese club Vissel Kobe can recover
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Andres Iniesta is confident he can help his struggling Japanese team turn things around after a disappointing start to the season.
Former Spain international Villa to join Japanese side Kobe
TOKYO (AP) — Former Spain international David Villa will be reunited with former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta at Japanese club Vissel Kobe from next season.
The 36-year-old striker announced the move on Saturday via YouTube.
Villa on Wednesday announced he would leave U.S. Major League Soccer side New York City FC once his current contract expires at the end of December.
Hiroshima stretches lead atop J-League with win over Kashima
TOKYO (AP) — Relegation-threatened Sagan Tosu, featuring former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, earned a point at third-placed FC Tokyo in an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the J-League on Sunday.
TOKYO (AP) — Brazilian striker Patric scored his sixth goal of the season on Saturday as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Sagan Tosu 1-0 to increase its lead in the J-League.
Patric's right-footed shot from 17 meters (yards) in the 87th minute allowed Hiroshima to remain undefeated this season and improve to 25 points, nine ahead of FC Tokyo, which beat Shimizu S-Pulse 1-0.
Podolski goal powers Vissel Kobe to 1st win in J-League
KOBE, Japan (AP) — German striker Lukas Podolski scored late in the second half on Sunday as Vissel Kobe beat Cerezo Osaka 2-0 for its first win of the J-League season.
Naoyuki Fujita gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute and Podolski secured the win on a left-foot shot with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
It was the first goal of the season for Podolski, who last year moved from Turkish club Galatasaray after signing a deal with Kobe estimated to be worth $5.3 million.
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Japanese club Vissel Kobe rolled out the red carpet for German striker Lukas Podolski on Thursday, hoping the high-profile signing will improve their fortunes in the J-League.
Arriving by charter at Kobe Airport, Podolski was greeted by a large group of Kobe supporters eager to get a glimpse of the World Cup-winning striker.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Sometimes, there really is a fairy-tale ending.
In his last international game in a 13-year career, Lukas Podolski struck a brilliant winning goal to sign off by giving Germany a 1-0 win over England in a friendly on Wednesday.
Podolski led the side out as captain for the first time in his last international, and he hammered the ball to the top right corner from 25 meters (yards) to win it with just over 20 minutes remaining.
BERLIN (AP) — For the last of his 130 international matches for Germany, Lukas Podolski will lead the team out as captain for the first time.
The 31-year-old Germany striker, affectionately called "Prince Poldi," has said he will end his international career following a friendly against England on Wednesday in Dortmund.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew called up Leipzig forward Timo Werner for the first time and World Cup winner Lukas Podolski for the last time on Friday for upcoming games against England and Azerbaijan.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese club Vissel Kobe says it has signed German striker Lukas Podolski from Turkish club Galatasaray to a multiyear contract.
In a statement posted on the team's official website, club president Hiroshi Mikitani says "we have high expectations that Podolski can help Vissel Kobe win the championship."
Vissel is discussing with Galatasaray the timing of the 31-year-old German's move to Kobe.
3 Olympic silver medalists named in Germany squad
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Three of the Olympic silver-medal team were called up by Germany on Friday for the friendly against Finland and the World Cup qualifier against Norway.
The three include Hoffenheim defender Niklas Suele, who is making his national team debut. The others are midfielders Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen and Max Meyer of Schalke.