Kimura eyes World Cup place

Jan 18, 2014

Kimura eyes World Cup place

Kosuke Kimura may be Japanese soccer’s best-kept secret, but the New York Red Bulls right back is hoping to announce himself on the biggest stage at this summer’s World Cup. Kimura remains a relative unknown in his home country despite carving out a successful ...

Zaccheroni aiming for stars with World Cup ambitions

Dec 16, 2013

Zaccheroni aiming for stars with World Cup ambitions

National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni on Monday refused to put a limit on Japan’s ambitions at next summer’s World Cup, but stopped short of claiming his team can win the trophy. Japan became the first side to qualify for the 32-team tournament in Brazil ...

Sanfrecce defend J. League crown

Dec 7, 2013

Sanfrecce defend J. League crown

Defending J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima retained their title as Yokohama F. Marinos suffered a final-day meltdown with a 1-0 loss to Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Marinos, who began the day two points clear at the top of the table, needed a win to ...

Marinos miss chance to clinch

Nov 30, 2013

Marinos miss chance to clinch

Yokohama F. Marinos blew their chance to clinch the J. League title a week early after a 2-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata on Saturday, letting Sanfrecce Hiroshima back into contention heading into the final day of the season. League-leaders Marinos went into the game ...

Reds' title hopes take hit

Nov 23, 2013

Reds' title hopes take hit

Urawa Reds all but surrendered the J. League title to Yokohama F. Marinos after a 3-1 defeat to Kawasaki Frontale on Saturday. Second-place Urawa went into the game at Saitama Stadium trailing league-leaders Marinos by a single point, but goals from Frontale’s Jeci and ...