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 ...

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Apr 6, 2014

Kashiwa outclasses Cerezo's stars

Kashiwa Reysol gave Cerezo Osaka’s much-vaunted strike force a lesson in clinical finishing with a 2-1 win over the preseason J. League title favorites on Sunday. Cerezo made global headlines when they signed star Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan in January for a reported $5.9 ...

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 ...