Solid base puts Urawa top at break

May 21, 2014

Solid base puts Urawa top at break

There is no prize for heading into the J. League’s World Cup shutdown in first place, but Urawa Reds can at least savor the view from the top of the table for the next two months. Urawa beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 on Saturday to ...

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

May 17, 2014

Sekine strike helps Reds sink Cerezo

Teenager Takahiro Sekine scored seven minutes after coming on as a substitute to send Urawa Reds into the J. League summer break on top of the table after a 1-0 win over Cerezo Osaka on Saturday. A crowd of 54,350 showed up at Saitama ...

Zaccheroni sticks to his guns despite surprise Okubo choice

| May 14, 2014

Zaccheroni sticks to his guns despite surprise Okubo choice

Yoshito Okubo’s dramatic World Cup recall may have grabbed the headlines when national team manager Alberto Zaccheroni unveiled his squad for Brazil on Monday, but the Italian’s final roster was anything but impulsive. Zaccheroni named Okubo to his 23-man squad despite having called him ...

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 ...