Soccer Topics

Dec 10, 2014

Nelsinho to take reins at Vissel

Brazilian Nelsinho, who stepped down as manager at Kashiwa Reysol at the end of this season, is set to take the reins at Vissel Kobe next season. A club official, who held talks with Nelsinho on Tuesday, said the deal has all but been ...

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Dec 9, 2014

Gamba's Endo selected as J. League Player of the Year

Gamba Osaka captain Yasuhito Endo was named the 2014 J. League Player of the Year on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Japan midfielder helped engineer the biggest turnaround in league history, Gamba erasing a 14-point deficit to finish one point ahead of Urawa Reds to capture ...

Dec 7, 2014

Montedio earn promotion to J.League top flight

Montedio Yamagata held off JEF United Chiba to win the J. League promotion playoff final 1-0 on Sunday at Ajinomoto Stadium, securing the third and last ticket to J1 for next season. Masato Yamazaki’s first-half header proved to be decisive for Montedio, who had ...

Gamba crowned J. League champions

Dec 6, 2014

Gamba crowned J. League champions

Gamba Osaka captured their second J. League championship despite a 0-0 draw at relegated Tokushima Vortis, thanks to another late collapse from Urawa Reds, who were beaten 2-1 at home by Nagoya Grampus on Saturday. The 2014 J. League season drew to a close ...

Dec 4, 2014

Midfielder Inamoto not in Frontale's plans for next season

Kawasaki Frontale will not re-sign three-time World Cup midfielder Junichi Inamoto for next season, the J. League first-division club announced on Thursday. The 35-year-old Inamoto has played in 15 games with one goal across all competitions this season for Kawasaki, which is sixth in ...

Dec 3, 2014

Antlers' Nakata to retire after season

Koji Nakata, a towering presence in defense for both the J. League’s Kashima Antlers and Japan’s national team will retire at the end of the season, Antlers announced Wednesday. The 35-year-old, who has also played in France and Switzerland, has appeared in just three ...

Nov 30, 2014

Farias among candidates to be next Cerezo Osaka manager

Brazilian Sergio Farias is a leading candidate to take over the manager’s job at relegated Cerezo Osaka to succeed Yuji Okuma, who will return to coach the youth academies from next season, club operations chief Isao Miyamoto said Sunday. Farias, 47, who most recently ...

'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Nov 30, 2014

'Keeper heads Montedio into finale

Goalkeeper Norihiro Yamagishi headed in a stoppage-time winner to send Emperor’s Cup finalists Montedio Yamagata into the playoff final for promotion to the J. League first division with a 2-1 victory away to Jubilo Iwata on Sunday. Iwata, which finished fourth in J2 this season, ...

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

Nov 29, 2014

Urawa draw sends Gamba top

by Gus Fielding

Urawa Reds surrendered a last-gasp equalizer, and quite possibly the J. League title with it, after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to 10-man Sagan Tosu on Saturday. Yuki Abe’s second-half penalty looked to have clinched the three points and moved Reds ...

Nov 28, 2014

Frontale OKs extension for manager Kazama

Kawasaki Frontale said Friday they have agreed on a two-year contract extension with manager Yahiro Kazama. The 53-year old Kazama who took over during the 2012 campaign, will stay on as boss of the J. League first-division club on a deal running from Feb. ...

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

Nov 26, 2014

Treble-chasing Gamba reach Emperor's Cup final

by Gus Fielding

Brazilian forward Patric and strike partner Takashi Usami both scored twice as Gamba Osaka kept alive their hopes of a league and cup treble on Wednesday with a 5-2 win over relegation-haunted Shimizu S-Pulse in the semifinals of the Emperor’s Cup. Gamba squandered a ...