J. League champions Sanfrecce looking to defy odds again

Feb 24, 2016

J. League champions Sanfrecce looking to defy odds again

Sanfrecce Hiroshima manager Hajime Moriyasu admits that even he wasn’t convinced his team would win the J. League title last season, but that doesn’t mean he is ruling out further success in 2016. Sanfrecce beat Gamba Osaka in a two-legged championship playoff to lift ...

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

Feb 23, 2016

Olympic hopefuls aim to shine in J. League

The Rio Olympics are just over five months away, but with the new J. League season about to begin, Japan’s soccer medal hopefuls have no time to sit back and dream of glory in Brazil. Japan booked its ticket to the 16-team men’s tournament ...

Nanami preaches caution in Jubilo's return to top flight

Feb 22, 2016

Nanami preaches caution in Jubilo's return to top flight

Jubilo Iwata might be back among the J. League elite, but manager Hiroshi Nanami is not expecting instant miracles. Three-time champions Jubilo booked their return to the first division after a two-year absence last season, scoring in injury time to beat Oita Trinita 2-1 ...

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

Feb 20, 2016

Sanfrecce keep hold on Gamba

J. League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima picked up from where they left off last year with a 3-1 win over Gamba Osaka in the season curtain-raising Fuji Xerox Super Cup on Saturday. Sanfrecce beat Gamba in a two-legged playoff to claim the league title last ...

FC Tokyo crushes Chonburi FC, advances to ACL group stage

Feb 9, 2016

FC Tokyo crushes Chonburi FC, advances to ACL group stage

FC Tokyo cruised into the group stage of this season’s Asian Champions League with a 9-0 playoff thrashing of Thailand’s Chonburi FC on Tuesday night. An early Chonburi own goal and strikes from Takuma Abe and Keigo Higashi gave Tokyo a three-goal halftime lead ...

Panasonic captures Top League title

Jan 24, 2016

Panasonic captures Top League title

Panasonic Wild Knights survived an almighty late scare to become Top League champions for the third straight season after beating Toshiba Brave Lupus 27-26 in Sunday’s LIXIL Cup final. South African winger JP Pietersen looked to have put the Wild Knights home and dry ...

Jan 22, 2016

IOC praises Tokyo as 'most prepared city' during latest visit

International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates on Friday praised Tokyo as “the most prepared city we’ve ever seen,” more than four years ahead of the 2020 Games. But Coates also scotched suggestions that the new National Stadium could be completed in time to ...