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Okubo to stay with Frontale

Nov 11, 2014

Okubo to stay with Frontale

Japan’s two-time World Cup striker Yoshito Okubo said on Tuesday he will turn down offers from other J. League teams and stay with Kawasaki Frontale. “I got my career back on track here, and I’ve only been here two years,” Okubo said after training. ...

Gamba win Nabisco Cup

Nov 8, 2014

Gamba win Nabisco Cup

by Andrew Mckirdy

Gamba Osaka lifted the Nabisco Cup after coming from two goals down to beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 3-2 on Saturday, stoking hopes of a trophy treble. Gamba, last season’s second-division champions, found themselves swimming against the tide when a double from Hisato Sato gave reigning ...

Nov 6, 2014

Frontale's Nakamura sidelined with ankle sprain

Kawasaki Frontale captain Kengo Nakamura is expected to miss three weeks due to a right ankle sprain, the J. League first-division club said Thursday. Nakamura was stretchered off the field after taking a hit in the second half of a 3-2 home loss to ...

Nov 6, 2014

Grampus striker Kennedy leaving team after season

J. League first-division side Nagoya Grampus announced Thursday that Australia striker Josh Kennedy will leave the club at the end of the season for a move back to Australia. The 32-year-old Kennedy, who arrived midway through the 2009 season, was the J. League’s top ...

Nov 4, 2014

Okada buys majority ownership stake in FC Imabari

Former Japan coach Takeshi Okada has become owner of FC Imabari in the regional Shikoku League, the club announced on Tuesday. The two-time World Cup manager bought 51 percent of the team’s shares last month. Okada has had no previous involvement in the business ...

Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Nov 3, 2014

Reds beat Marinos to move to brink of J. League title

Urawa Reds are a win away from capturing their second J. League championship after defeating Yokohama F. Marinos 1-0, thanks to a second-half strike by 19-year-old substitute Takahiro Sekine on Monday. The victory pushed former Asian champions Reds on to 61 points with three ...

Nov 3, 2014

Vissel manager Adachi to step down

Vissel Kobe announced Monday that manager Ryo Adachi will step down from the helm with the expiration of his contract this season. A successor for the 45-year-old Adachi has yet to be determined. Adachi was promoted from head coach to manager of Vissel in ...

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

Nov 2, 2014

S-Pulse stay afloat by beating Frontale

by Andrew Mckirdy

Substitute Kazuya Murata injected dramatic new life into Shimizu S-Pulse’s J1 survival bid with a 90th-minute goal to seal a 3-2 win over Kawasaki Frontale on Sunday. S-Pulse — who have been ever present in the top flight since the J. League began in ...

Oct 27, 2014

Reds' Koroki breaks fibula

Urawa Reds’ run at their second J. League championship took a hit as their top scorer Shinzo Koroki was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, the J1 leaders said Monday. Koroki suffered the injury when he was kicked by Kashima Antlers’ Daigo Nishi in Sunday’s ...

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

Oct 26, 2014

Cerezo, Marinos settle for scoreless draw

by Andrew Mckirdy

Cerezo Osaka failed to seize the initiative in their fight against relegation after being held to a 0-0 draw by Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday. Cerezo, who began the season widely touted as title favorites after signing star Uruguyan striker Diego Forlan over the ...