Kashima ends China interest in Asian Champs League quarters

Kashima Antlers cruised into their first Asian Champions League semifinals and ended Chinese participation by ousting Tianjin Quanjian 5-0 on aggregate on Tuesday. Kashima, up 2-0 fr...

Chile international Valdes apologizes for derogatory gesture

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chile international Diego Valdes has apologized for creating a racism controversy in South Korea ahead of the friendly game between the teams on Tuesday. Th...

Korean boy bands, soccer stars march to different beats

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Boy band BTS hit the top of the charts not long after Son Heung-min and his South Korean soccer team stepped atop the Asian Games podium. The performers and...

Queiroz ready for new Iran deal if conditions are met

Carlos Queiroz is ready to sign a new contract with Iran until the end of the 2019 Asian Cup, providing he receives an assurance of full support from the country's soccer federation. ...

Son and co faced Vietnam and 'Korean Hiddink' at Asian Games

If South Korea's national team is to reach the final of the Asian Games and win an exemption from military service for its players, then it will have to get past Vietnam and the "Korean Hiddink." ...

With game in London, Saudis use soccer to reshape reputation

With high expectations that border on shamelessly over-optimistic, Saudi Arabia is bringing its soccer league to London this weekend in a bid to compete with the Premier League and other top European ...

WORLD CUP: Sudden coaching change shakes Japan preparations

Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic. The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the...

WORLD CUP: Unbeaten in qualifying, Iran faces tougher test

After an almost flawless qualifying campaign, Iran will find it far tougher at the World Cup. Iran's route to the round of 16 from Group B could be blocked by defending European cham...

Shin demands improvement after trimming Korean squad to 23

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has trimmed his World Cup squad to 23 and is demanding improvement from the players he's taking to Russia. Shin cut Crystal ...

Kwon cut from World Cup squad in setback for South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kwon Chang-hoon has been cut from South Korea's World Cup squad after picking up an injury playing for his French club on the weekend. It is a serious setba...

South Korea's Son set for a quick turnaround for World Cup

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Son Heung-min had a long, tough season with Tottenham in the Premier League, needing painkillers to get through the last few games. He hasn't got much to re...

Tottenham's Son to lead South Korea's challenge at World Cup

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tottenham forward Son Heung-min is set to lead South Korea's challenge at the 2018 World Cup. Coach Shin Tae-yong announced a 28-man squad Monday that was h...

WORLD CUP: Sudden coaching change shakes Japan preparations

Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic. The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the...

WORLD CUP: Son key to South Korea avoiding 2nd candy attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Progress for South Korea's players will be avoiding being pelted with candy again on their return from the World Cup. After enduring three poor performances...

WORLD CUP: Unbeaten in qualifying, Iran faces tougher test

After an almost flawless qualifying campaign, Iran will find it far tougher at the World Cup. Iran's route to the round of 16 from Group B could be blocked by defending European cham...