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Star forward Bachdim may miss Indonesia's Suzuki Cup campaign

Indonesia coach Alfred Riedl will give Irfan Bachdim one last chance to prove he's fit for the Suzuki Cup.

Indonesia head coach Alfred Riedl has admitted that star player Irfan Bachdim may not recover from injury in time to make the final squad for the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup which kicks off on Nov. 22.

The Japan-based attacker is desperately trying to show the Austrian boss that he should be part of the 23-man party that heads to Vietnam for Group A games with the host nation, the Philippines and Laos. But according to Riedl, time is running out.

"At the moment, it doesn't look good for him," Riedl told...

Man City acquire stake in Japanese club

Manchester City's bid to achieve global domination took another step forward this week, following their purchase of A-League outfit Melbourne Heart.

Manchester City have expanded their growing global portfolio by announcing the purchase of a minority stake in Japanese J-League club Yokohama F Marinos.

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The deal will bring the Marinos into a network which also includes new Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC and Australian club Melbourne Heart, as well as City's senior, youth and women's teams.

The partnership was announced in conjunction with the Marinos' owners, car manufacturer Nissan, and will see...

Urawa punished for racist banner

TOKYO -- The J-League has disciplined Japanese club Urawa Reds over the racist behaviour of their fans and ordered the team to play their next home game behind closed doors.

Urawa Reds and their fans put the Asian Champions League on the map.
Urawa Reds fans have been disciplined by the J-League.

Thursday's decision comes after a fan displayed a banner at Urawa's home stadium on Saturday that had the words "Japanese Only" written on it. The sign was put up at a stadium entrance and not removed until after the game.


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Diego Forlan wouldn't rule out MLS

Diego Forlan believes Uruguay can grab World Cup glory in Brazil this year, even if they face a tough group to begin with.

Uruguay forward Diego Forlan, who was unveiled this week at J-League's Cerezo Osaka, has revealed he turned down a move to the Mexican League but would consider Major League Soccer.

Diego Forlan said he wouldn't rule out playing in MLS.

Forlan told ESPN's Jorge Ramos y su banda that he had contact with Mexican club's America and Cruz Azul, but ultimately rejected both offers in favour of the J-League.

Forlan said he...

Forlan signs for Cerezo Osaka

Uruguay striker Diego Forlan says he is leaving Brazilian club Internacional to play for Cerezo Osaka in Japan.

Uruguay flourished against Peru after Diego Forlan went off injured.
Diego Forlan has opted for a new challenge.

Forlan, voted the best player of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, told Brazilian media on Wednesday that he had ''received a good offer'' from Cerezo Osaka last year and couldn't pass it up.

The 34-year-old striker did not disclose the financial details of the offer.