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SAITAMA---Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Urawa Reds
2--1 yesterday to maintain its lead in the J-League s
Takuma Asano and Toshihiro Aoyama scored sec-
ond-half goals as the visitors handed Urawa its first
loss in 19 matches.
Takahiro Sekine gave first-stage winners Urawa a
1--0 lead with his fifth goal of the season in the 36th
In other matches, Shunki Takahashi scored a late
winner as Vissel Kobe beat Vegalta Sendai 2--1 to
improve to seven points, two behind Hiroshima, while
Masato Kudo scored from close range as Kashiwa
Reysol beat Kawasaki Frontale 1--0 to move third on
Veteran Shunusuke Nakamura scored in the 94th
minute as Yokohama F Marinos earned a point in a
2--2 draw with last season s treble winners Gamba
Nagoya Grampus and Shimizu S-Pulse also finished
2--2. Albirex Niigata beat Sagan Tosu 1--0, and FC
Tokyo and Montedio Yamagata finished in a goalless
Elsewhere, Matsumoto Yamaga beat Kashima
Antlers 2--0 while Ventforet Kofu beat Shonan Bell-
mare by the same score.
maintains J-League lead
ZURICH---UEFA President Michel Platini wants to
stop top teams stockpiling the best players to ensure
football remains competitive.
The European football chief wants to force clubs
to use more homegrown players. Eight are currently
required in 25-man Champions League squads.
"What is important in the future is to limit the
possibility to have the best players in one team. That
is important for competition," Platini said in the July
edition of World Soccer magazine. "If everybody is
in one team that is not so good."
signing Arda Turan
gestures at the club's
office at the Camp Nou
stadium in Barcelona,
Spain, Thursday. The
announced a five-year
deal for the 28-year-
old Turkey midfielder.
Barcelona made the
without a permanent
president or executive
board members, who
resigned under club
elections on July 18.
Platini pointed to the ongoing fallout from the
1995 Bosman ruling by the European Court of Justice,
which established the free movement of players in
the European Union whose contracts had expired.
"With the Bosman rule, you can have all the best
players in the same team," Platini was quoted as
saying. "In the past in Spain, you have Real Madrid,
Atletico (Madrid), Barcelona, Valencia --- a lot of
teams --- and all the players were in different teams.
Now, more or less, the best players are in one or two
Apart from Atletico s title triumph in 2014, the
Spanish league title has been won by either Barcelona
or Real Madrid in the last decade. Juventus has won
the Italian league for four years in a row, and both
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain completed
a hat-trick of titles last season.
"It is not possible that the best teams would have
all the best players or competition itself is finished,"
"At the moment you have big clubs with a lot of
money who can have everybody. We have to think
about football in all of Europe not only in two or
Platini said he will use a September meeting with
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
to work on how to change the rules to increase the
number of homegrown players in squads. A player
trained by clubs in the same country for at least three
years between the age of 15 and 21 is considered by
UEFA to be "homegrown," regardless of his birth-
"I support totally the agenda that says we need
more homegrown players because it is not possible
to fight on nationality," Platini said.
In England, the rule has been blamed for pushing
up the price of domestic talent. Manchester City
agreed last week to pay 49 million pounds ($76 mil-
lion) to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool despite
the 20-year-old winger only making his first-team
debut three years ago. The deal was completed after
UEFA-imposed spending restrictions were lifted on
City, which cut its losses to comply with Financial
Fair Play rules.
In the World Soccer interview, Platini did not
address if he will run for Fifa president, only saying
about the future: "I do know but I can t tell you."
Platini wants to stop teams
signing all best players
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