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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Yanagisawa signs with Italian side

Compiled from wire reports

Italian first-division side Messina is set to sign a three-year full transfer deal with on-loan Japanese forward Atsushi Yanagisawa, club officials said Tuesday.

A club spokesman said Messina has already offered financial terms of the new deal to Yanagisawa, a former Kashima Antlers player whose current loan contract expires at the end of July.

The Japan international joined Messina last summer after a one-year on-loan stint with fellow Serie A club Sampdoria.

In other news, Takahara has extended his Hamburg contract by two years till June 2008, the German first division club said on Tuesday.

Hamburg, which finished eighth in the league, has qualified for the Intertoto Cup which could lead to a UEFA Cup place.

"I feel really good at Hamburg so the decision has not been a difficult one," said the 25-year-old striker. "I have the impression the club and the team are going in the right direction."

North Korea calls up Ri

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Ri Han Jae has been called up to North Korea's national squad for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Iran and Japan, officials of the J. League first-division club said Wednesday.

The North Koreans play Iran in Tehran on June 3 before moving to Bangkok for their clash with Japan five days later after soccer's world governing body FIFA robbed them of home advantage following crowd trouble in Pyongyang in March.

Marinos consolation

YOKOHAMA (AP) Brazil's Dutra, Yoshiharu Ueno and Daisuke Oku all scored late in the second half Wednesday as Yokohama F. Marinos defeated Indonesian side PSM Makasser 3-0 in their Asian Champions League Group F game.

Dutra scored in the 75th minute at Mitsuzawa Stadium. Ueno doubled the lead four minutes later before Oku scored the third in the 84th minute.

Nobuo Kawaguchi scored the only goal as Jubilo Iwata won away to Vietnam's Hoang Anh Gia Lai 1-0 in Group E play.

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