Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup

May 12, 2014

Zaccheroni chooses Okubo for World Cup

Striker Yoshito Okubo claimed a place in Japan’s World Cup squad after more than two years in the international wilderness as manager Alberto Zaccheroni named his 23-man selection on Monday. Kawasaki Frontale forward Okubo started all four of Japan’s games at the 2010 World ...

Kudo goal gives Reysol triumph over Antlers

May 3, 2014

Kudo goal gives Reysol triumph over Antlers

Masato Kudo scored on the stroke of halftime as Kashiwa Reysol scalped J. League leaders Kashima Antlers 1-0 on Saturday to pick up their third straight win. Both teams went into the match at Hitachi Stadium having claimed back-to-back victories over the busy Golden ...

Nagoya ends losing streak with victory over FC Tokyo

Apr 29, 2014

Nagoya ends losing streak with victory over FC Tokyo

Kisho Yano scored three minutes into the second half to give Nagoya Grampus a 1-0 win over FC Tokyo on Tuesday and end a run of five straight defeats. Grampus went into the game on an opposite trajectory to Tokyo, which had won four ...

Tokyo's Morishige too focused to dream of World Cup

Apr 28, 2014

Tokyo's Morishige too focused to dream of World Cup

FC Tokyo defender Masato Morishige insists he has no time to dream of World Cup glory with the capital-city club still adapting to life under new manager Massimo Ficcadenti. Morishige has been tipped for a place in Japan’s squad for Brazil this summer after ...

Reysol win on last-gasp strike

Apr 26, 2014

Reysol win on last-gasp strike

Junya Tanaka scored with a thunderbolt in the third and final minute of injury time to give Kashiwa Reysol a 3-2 win over Urawa Reds on Saturday. Urawa went into the game at Hitachi Stadium third in the J. League table having put together ...

Vissel edge Antlers

Apr 19, 2014

Vissel edge Antlers

Vissel Kobe went top of the J. League for at least 24 hours after an incident-packed 3-2 win over Kashima Antlers on Saturday. Both sides went into the game at Kashima Stadium knowing that a win would be enough to claim first place with ...

Reinvigorated Antlers looking to rule J. League again

Apr 9, 2014

Reinvigorated Antlers looking to rule J. League again

It has been a few years since Kashima Antlers could rightly be described as the team to beat in the J. League, but this season’s early form suggests the seven-time champions are fast recovering their old aura. Antlers lead the table after six games ...