Zaccheroni on lookout for new blood at East Asian Cup

| Jul 17, 2013

Zaccheroni on lookout for new blood at East Asian Cup

Japan heads to South Korea for the East Asian Cup this weekend expecting a completely different challenge from last month’s Confederations Cup, but with the disappointment of a first-round exit from Brazil still fresh in the memory, manager Alberto Zaccheroni will be keen to ...

Marinos outclass league-leading Ardija

Jul 13, 2013

Marinos outclass league-leading Ardija

Yokohama F. Marinos clipped J.League leaders Omiya Ardija’s wings and moved firmly into the chasing pack with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. First-half goals from Marquinhos and Manabu Saito did the damage before Tomoki Imai pulled one back in the final minute at ...

Reds narrowly avoid defeat against FC Tokyo

Jul 10, 2013

Reds narrowly avoid defeat against FC Tokyo

Urawa Reds salvaged a point but lost ground on J. League leaders Omiya Ardija after a 2-2 draw with FC Tokyo on Wednesday night. Second-place Reds went into the match at Saitama Stadium knowing that a win would send them top if local rivals ...

Ikeda leads Sagan to draw against Ardija

Jul 6, 2013

Ikeda leads Sagan to draw against Ardija

Sagan Tosu hit an 83rd-minute equalizer to claim a 1-1 draw with Omiya Ardija and cut the J.League leader’s cushion at the top to three points as play resumed from a six-week international break on Saturday. Surprise package Omiya went into the game at ...

Novakovic relishing surprise title challenge with Ardija

Jul 5, 2013

Novakovic relishing surprise title challenge with Ardija

Few preseason predictions would have tipped Omiya Ardija to lead the J. League at the start of July, but as play resumes Saturday after a six-week international break, striker Milivoje Novakovic is happy to keep confounding expectations. Omiya heads into its game against Sagan ...

Yokohama defender Dutra turning back time as he nears 40

Jun 23, 2013

Yokohama defender Dutra turning back time as he nears 40

Yokohama F. Marinos left-back Dutra will celebrate his 40th birthday before the current J. League season is over, but that does not mean he intends to shift down a gear anytime soon. Few Marinos fans thought they would see Dutra again when he left ...

Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

Jun 9, 2013

Baggio impressed by Japan's progress

Italian soccer legend Roberto Baggio has paid tribute to the strides Japan has made under manager Alberto Zaccheroni, but the former FIFA World Player of the Year has warned his compatriot not to expect an easy ride at this month’s Confederations Cup. Japan became ...