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Urawa shows mettle in victory over Kashima

by Andrew Mckirdy

Urawa Reds took a significant step toward the J. League first stage title after coming from behind to beat Kashima Antlers 2-1 on Saturday. Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium with an unbeaten record after 11 games and a four-point cushion at the top of the table, but ...

May 19, 2015

Frontale to face visiting Dortmund in July friendly

Shinji Kagawa and Borussia Dortmund will play Kawasaki Frontale in a July friendly, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday. Dortmund will face Kawasaki at Todoroki Stadium on July 7 as part of its Asian tour, with the club also passing through Singapore and Malaysia. ...

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

May 16, 2015

Unbeaten Reds trounce FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds remained unbeaten through 11 games and at the summit of the J. League after thrashing FC Tokyo 4-1 in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday. Tadanari Lee, Takahiro Sekine, Yuki Muto and substitute Tsukasa Umesaki scored for Mihailo Petrovic’s men in an unexpectedly ...

May 14, 2015

FC Tokyo signs 13-year-old Barca prodigy Kubo

FC Tokyo could lose Yoshinori Muto this summer, but may have found their future in 13-year-old former Barcelona prodigy Takefusa Kubo, whose signing they announced on Thursday. Kubo had been training with Tokyo’s junior youth team since April. Hailed by Barcelona fans as the ...

May 14, 2015

JFA to build Chiba training center

The Japan Football Association will build a ¥4 billion training facility at Makuhari Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture, sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. The new facility — to be called the JFA National Football Center — is scheduled to be completed by 2021, ...

May 13, 2015

Ventforet fires manager Higuchi

J. League first-division side Ventforet Kofu have fired manager Yasuhiro Higuchi and named general manager Satoru Sakuma to take over, the club announced Wednesday. Ventforet are last in J1 with just six points in 11 games under Higuchi, who joined the club this season ...

May 12, 2015

Frontale's Kobayashi undergoes knee surgery

Kawasaki Frontale’s Japan international Yu Kobayashi will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee, the J. League club said Tuesday. Kobayashi was hurt while warming up for Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The ...

May 12, 2015

FC Tokyo's Muto expected to join Bundesliga side Mainz

Japan striker Yoshinori Muto’s European destination will likely not be Chelsea but Mainz of the Bundesliga, sources with knowledge of the FC Tokyo player’s decision told Kyodo News through Tuesday. According to the sources, Tokyo and Mainz are deep into talks for the 22-year-old’s ...

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

May 10, 2015

Doi lifts Antlers past FC Tokyo

Shoma Doi provided Kashima Antlers with the perfect tonic for their Asian Champions League blues by hitting the winner in a 1-0 victory away to FC Tokyo in the J. League on Sunday. Doi struck in the 34th minute in front of over 42,000 ...

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

May 7, 2015

Okubo returns to national team fold for training camp

World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo was among 28 J. League players called up for Japan’s training camp next week, the Japan Football Association announced on Thursday. The 32-year-old Okubo, the J. League’s top scorer the last two seasons, returned to the fold for the ...

May 3, 2015

Marinos captain Nakamura facing more time out

Yokohama F. Marinos captain Shunsuke Nakamura will face more time on the sidelines as the former Japanese international was diagnosed with a torn right thigh muscle that will keep him out for three weeks, the J. League club said on Sunday. Nakamura, 36, only ...