Antlers rally for win

Mar 29, 2014

Antlers rally for win

Kashima Antlers came from behind to beat Yokohama F . Marinos 3-1 on Saturday as the J. League’s early front-runners went head to head. Yuzo Kurihara put Marinos in front three minutes before halftime at Nissan Stadium with a bullet header, only for Shoma ...

Players push for more action against racism scourge

Mar 24, 2014

Players push for more action against racism scourge

Urawa Reds striker Tadanari Lee has urged Japanese soccer to follow the Premier League’s zero-tolerance attitude toward racism after taking part in the first J. League game to be played behind doors. Urawa drew 1-1 with Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday at an empty Saitama ...

Urawa, Shimizu play to draw in silent Saitama Stadium

Mar 23, 2014

Urawa, Shimizu play to draw in silent Saitama Stadium

Urawa Reds drew 1-1 with Shimizu S-Pulse on Sunday in the first J. League game to be played behind closed doors, as punishment for a discriminatory banner hung by Urawa fans earlier this month. Shun Nagasawa opened the scoring in the 19th minute only ...

Urawa prepares for darkest day

Mar 22, 2014

Urawa prepares for darkest day

Urawa Reds will make unwanted J. League history when they take on Shimizu S-Pulse at an empty Saitama Stadium on Sunday, and S-Pulse manager Afshin Ghotbi knows from experience that it will not be an occasion to savor. Reds became the first team to ...

Marinos handle Vortis

Mar 15, 2014

Marinos handle Vortis

Yokohama F. Marinos maintained their perfect start to the J. League season with a comfortable 3-0 win over promoted Tokushima Vortis on Saturday. Seitaro Tomisawa broke the deadlock with a 14th-minute header at Mitsuzawa Stadium before Sho Ito added a second 15 minutes into ...

Usual suspects top the table early

Mar 12, 2014

Usual suspects top the table early

The new J. League season is just two weeks old, but already there is a familiar look about the top of the table. Of the four teams that have taken maximum points from their opening two games, three finished in the top five last ...

Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

Mar 6, 2014

Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

Shinji Kagawa believes he can rescue his Manchester United career after starring in Japan’s 4-2 friendly win over New Zealand on Wednesday night. Kagawa set up Shinji Okazaki for Japan’s opener before winning and converting a penalty himself at National Stadium, and also had ...